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A new report finds child poverty has increased in 80 of Michigan’s 83 counties since 2006. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Through a massive oil spill and an equally massive cleanup, the Kalamazoo River has proven resilient. Scientists say it's done remarkably well since 2010, when it took more than 800,000 gallons of heavy crude from a ruptured pipeline near Marshall.

But Michigan State University ecologist Stephen Hamilton says no one is doing much research on how the oil might affect wildlife in the long term. He says that’s a “missed opportunity” to understand what happens when tar sands oil ends up where it shouldn’t be.

Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo Public School officials say parents should throw away some weekend food backpacks handed out on Thursday, March 12. They were distributed to about 600 kids at 12 of the district's elementary schools.

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek says that some boxes of shredded wheat breakfast cereal contained insect larvae. The affected boxes have the lot number KBB 0211 on the top left corner.

Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press


(MPRN-Washington D.C.) Someone should resign. That was the message delivered by members of a congressional oversight panel looking into the drinking water crisis in Flint. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testified, along with EPA chief Gina McCarthy. Depite that general agreement that someone high up ought to get fired or quit, Republicans and Democrats disagreed on exactly who that should be. 

Gordon Evans / WMUK

Update - Thursday afternoon: Kalamazoo County Corporate Counsel Thom Canny has confirmed that Kalamazoo County Administrator Terrence Neuzil is on paid leave.

If the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted to put new county administrator Terrence Neuzil on paid leave Tuesday night, it did not announce that decision publicly.