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Once a week, competitive cyclist Valerie Litznerski rides her bike to work. To avoid dangerous intersections, she says she cuts through apartment complexes, parking lots, and adds time to her ride.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

It’s been a little over a year since nine Kalamazoo bicyclists were struck by a pickup truck driver allegedly under the influence of prescription drugs. Five cyclists died and four were injured that day in June 2016.

Though that was only one incident, bike crashes in the state are nothing new. Between 2005 and 2015, Michigan ranked 11th highest for bike deaths per capita in the United States.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Board appears to be pleased with the work of its top appointed official, Tracie Moored. On Thursday commissioners voted 11-0 to grant Moored a three-year contract. That replaces the one-year agreement they made with her last year.

The board agreed to hire Moored, the former county finance director, last fall after a number of false starts while trying to fill the office.


Western Michigan University undergraduate students will pay an average of $474 more in tuition for the next academic year. The university’s trustees approved tuition rates for the fall during their board meeting Thursday.