(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder declared victory over the state’s economic hardships Tuesday night in his eighth and final State of the State address. The governor says choices made over the last seven years leave room now for more investment in schools and infrastructure. But, the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports, it’s not clear that he can win support for his plans in the Legislature.
Report from the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta
With winter far from over, the City of Kalamazoo has had dozens of water main breaks already this year, according to Public Services Director James Baker. As of Jan. 22 the city had had 28 main breaks. They range in severity from small leaks to a rupture that heaved up part of Paterson Street.
This year's Women’s March in Kalamazoo focused on getting out the vote and making feminism more inclusive for people of color. Organizers say about 2,800 protestors walked from Western Michigan University to Bronson Park and back again on Sunday, advocating for women’s rights and other human rights issues.
A bug that kills hemlock trees has invaded West Michigan. Hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in four counties: Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana. It's a tiny bug that makes small, cotton-like sacs at the base of a hemlock tree's needles.
Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They’re not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity — or a good variety of plants and animals — is about as important as climate for a healthy ecosystem.