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On February 7, 2017, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles.
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Twenty seven suspected undocumented immigrants were arrested last week in west Michigan. That's according to a press release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.

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Some terms cannot help but evoke the past. Think "orphanage" or "asylum," or perhaps "poor house." If that sounds like something you would find in nineteenth-century England, you don’t have to go that far. Many Michigan counties once had some kind of government-run residence for people in need. Kalamazoo had not just a poor house, but a “poor farm” on land that is now a county park.

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Kalamazoo County saw its rate of accidental opioid-related deaths roughly double from 2015 to 2016, says Medical Director Will Nettleton.

“That is quite a significant change,” he told the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Nettleton appeared before the Board to summarize the opioid situation in the county. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

As two local nonprofits battle in court over an alleged case of trademark infringement, the head of the Kalamazoo County Board says he’s concerned about taxpayer money being put toward legal costs.

Discover Kalamazoo, which runs the Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau and which receives about $2 million in county accommodation tax, is suing economic development organization Southwest Michigan First, which holds a $75,000 annual contract with the county for, among other things, promotion and marketing services.

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Kalamazoo County’s animal control department, which hopes to break ground on a new shelter this winter, has shared details of its building plans with the Kalamazoo County Board. Commissioners are expected to vote on whether to approve the $4.7 million proposal at their Dec. 19 meeting.