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Robbie Feinberg

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stressed the importance of medical training and research on a stop in Kalamazoo earlier today.

Peters, who was elected to the Senate in late 2014, arrived in the city to tour Western Michigan University’s new Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. The senator met with business and university leaders, but it was Stryker Dean Hal Jenson who led the tour, demonstrating cutting-edge technologies in the school like an eight-classroom simulation center, with life-like mannequins for students to practice operating on.

Kalamazoo County Land Bank

The Kalamazoo County Land Bank says it hopes to see more of its vacant lots cared for by community members.


From measuring glaciers to counting species, climate change has long been studied by scientists.

Death Penalty Bill May Not Get Far

Feb 5, 2015

It looks unlikely that a proposal to allow the death penalty in Michigan will go anywhere this term.

A resolution in the state Senate would allow the death penalty for people convicted of murdering police officers in the line of duty.

But the Republican chair of the committee considering the measure – who also happens to be a former police officer - says he will not support the measure.

“If a mistake is made, we can’t dig somebody up and say we’re sorry,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

Western Michigan University says a faculty union vote of “no confidence” in Provost Tim Greene shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.

The American Association of University Professors released the results of an electronic vote yesterday. The union says 80 ballots were cast before the union found a mistake in the form. Those results aside, more than three-quarters of respondents voted “no confidence” in Greene.