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Kalamazoo County will receive a $400,000 federal grant to help clean up its brownfield sites. Brownfields are former industrial or commercial lands often contaminated by hazardous waste - everything from old gas stations to former paper mills.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

The union representing Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians has filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge. Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians Local 228 says in its complaint to the National Labor Relations Board that the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra negotiated in bad faith by changing rehearsal times after the two sides had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. 

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The Kalamazoo County Commission has rejected a proposal to recognize a “gun violence awareness” day in June. The board was down two commissioners Tuesday when it took the vote. Five of the nine present did support the resolution. But the Board’s rules require six votes for a measure to pass.

The proposal called for “responsible gun ownership” and keeping guns “out of the wrong hands” while avoiding policy specifics.

The law enforcement agencies that led the response to a mass shooting in Kalamazoo in February say they’d like to know what they did right and what they could have done better. The want to commission an independent study from a Washington, DC-based nonprofit called the Police Foundation.

It’s a group City of Kalamazoo police chief Jeff Hadley calls “uniquely qualified” to identify lessons from the shooting.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A group that says people with criminal records often face unreasonable barriers to employment has won a victory in the City of Kalamazoo. On Monday commissioners voted to change Kalamazoo's policy for businesses that contract with the city or get tax breaks or loans from it.

The new policy requires those businesses to refrain from asking about criminal background on an initial job application. A firm may reject an applicant based on a conviction only if it’s relevant to the job in question.

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