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Law Protects Young People Who Report Overdoses

Dec 16, 2015
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Young Michiganders will not face drug charges when reporting life-threatening emergencies related to prescription drugs. That’s under a bill Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Wednesday.

Governor Rick Snyder says more work needs to be done, but there is now a timeline to plan for re-settling refugees from the Middle East in Michigan.

Ed Appleyard of the Historical Association of South Haven stands near the light inside the old South Haven Pier Lighthouse
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Michigan has more lighthouses along its shoreline than any other state in the country. While the U.S. Coast Guard still maintains the lights, it’s not required to take care of the lighthouses. As a result, local governments and non-profits are scrambling to find the money to restore the state’s lighthouses, before they’re beyond repair.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Mark Kole was traveling a few years ago when he noticed something strange. “I went on vacation to Boston," he says. "And looking at the map I see alphabetical streets and I’m thinking, okay, I know these streets." He knew them because they had the same names, and ran in the same order, as four streets in Kalamazoo Township.

Danny Bailey / iStock Photo

In 2014, WMUK aired a three-part series about what some call the “trust gap” between Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department and the city’s minority residents. But many of those residents say that gap has yet to be closed.