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Bicyclists have a right to five feet of space between themselves and a passing car: So says the Kalamazoo City Commission, which voted unanimously to adopt a five-foot passing rule for bikes Monday evening.

While the city traffic engineer had said three feet was better, the commission decided that wasn’t enough room for a car to safely pass a bicycle.

Dense colonies of European frogbit can develop quickly in shallow, slow-moving water
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An invasive aquatic plant has found its way into West Michigan lakes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed European frogbit in two lakes in east Grand Rapids. European frogbit is a water plant with half-inch to two-inch leaves that look like small water lilies. 

Habitat for Humanity volunteers finished pouring the foundation at the site of Ben Brown's tiny house. Behind it is Brown's garden shed, not that much smaller than the house itself.
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The City of Kalamazoo is considering changing its housing laws to accommodate tiny houses. These homes are often less than 400 square feet and use things like built-in tables to maximize space. Recent reality TV shows and documentaries have made living small seem chic. Some say tiny houses could be a more affordable option for people living on a small income. 

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This weekend, the Michigan Air National Guard base in Battle Creek holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new, cutting-edge mission. The fanfare follows many years of uncertainty, as the base gained missions, lost missions and barely survived a massive downsizing program. Now, its future looks more secure. Soon, the Battle Creek Guard will join what’s become one the military’s most essential, and controversial, missions – drone warfare. WMUK Correspondent Erin Sullivan reports:

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Leaders at Western Michigan University say they think the school can do more to help students stymied by a class to resolve their issues, stay in college and ultimately graduate.

On Wednesday the College of Arts and Sciences told Western's Board of Trustees it has a plan for improving retention rates in the kinds of “gateway” classes students must take to move on to another course. In particular, certain math and science classes see many students leave.