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Imagine this: You're heading home from an international trip, and you get questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection because authorities are unfamiliar with your disability. For one Kalamazoo College student, this was her story earlier this year. However, now the incident has inspired a new effort at creating understanding between authorities and those who stutter.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Correction - April 19, 2016: An earlier version of this story incorrectly implied that the Kalamazoo City Commission had to approve every aspect of the the DDA's parking plan for it to become law. In fact, while the commission has authority over parking fine amounts, the DDA has the final word on parking rate increases.

The Kalamazoo City Commission plans to consider a proposal for a new downtown parking policy at its next meeting. The plan before the commission was approved by the Downtown Development Authority last month. It will raise rates at meters, lots and ramps this summer. Next year it will extend meter enforcement to 9pm and add Saturday as a paying day.

The state plans to use most of $75 million federal grant to help people struggling to pay their mortgages to tear down abandoned buildings in Detroit and Flint. Kevin Elsenheimer is the director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He says the plan makes sense for homeowners in those cities.

City of Kalamazoo

City of Kalamazoo Public Services Director Sue Foune has resigned. That was after the City Manager’s office “exercised the right to separate employment with or without cause” in Foune’s case, according to Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain.

Foune had been with the city for about 24 years, and had directed Public Services since 2013. The city announced the resignation in a press release Thursday.

Anders Dahlberg

For about 30 years, the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane has been leaching into Kalamazoo County’s groundwater from the KL Avenue Landfill. It’s contaminated drinking water wells in Oshtemo Township and forced more than 300 people to switch to Kalamazoo city water.

Now state regulators are planning to tighten the limits on 1,4 dioxane in drinking water. That means even more homes will have to give up their wells as the toxic plume moves west.