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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

As you might have heard, WMUK is about to launch a program that answers listener questions. It’s called “Why’s That?” and the first episode will air the second week of September. But one question we received had a kind of time limit. A listener wanted to know whether dead plants along US-131 had been sprayed with herbicides, and if so, what the reasons were for spraying.

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a plan to buy an off-campus building so the university can expand its autism center, among other business at a special meeting Friday.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.

The state Senate Energy and Technology Committee signed off on the appointment of Norm Saari to the Michigan Public Service Commission during an advice and consent hearing on Thursday. The Senate Government Operations Committee and the full Senate are expected to follow suit.

A group of unions has launched a petition drive to double Michigan’s corporate income tax and use the additional revenue for roads.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

One of the key figures in a cover-up scandal that’s rocked the state Capitol is expected to speak out this afternoon.