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Robbie Feinberg

For decades, farms in Michigan have raised hops to create that distinctive bitter flavor in your beer. Nearly all of those farms have been tiny -- just one or two acre plots. Now, though, that model is changing, fast. As the market for craft beer in Michigan keeps exploding, hops farms are growing, too. And they're changing what it means for a beer to be truly "made in Michigan."

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters says students who default on a student loan deserve a chance to clear their credit rating.

Helping Michigan Vets on Campus

May 12, 2015
Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

Military veterans moving from the front line to the classroom can get help from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But while there’s a myriad of benefits for them, the process of getting them can be intimidating. Fortunately, student veterans in southern Michigan have direct access to an expert from the VA right on campus.


Tonight wraps up the "Unequal Justice" series of forums sponsored by Western Michigan University's Institute for the Study for Race and Ethnic Relations. For the last two months, the series has sought to raise awareness and generate solutions to America's high incarceration rate, particularly of people of color. The forum at 7 p.m. today, the fourth and final installment, is titled "Re-Imagining Kalamazoo With Justice for All." Officials will present several proposals for input.

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City, state and regional planners all agree: Kalamazoo needs to make its roads more bike-friendly. Last year they sought input on where to start. And tomorrow they’re again asking people to share their thoughts.