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Fido Motors' first scooter model
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you wanted to buy a car - say a Ford Focus, which is made in Michigan - you could go to an auto dealer. But even if you went to the Ford assembly plant - you couldn’t buy a Focus directly from Ford. It’s illegal for vehicle manufacturers to sell to consumers in the state. That’s causing trouble for popular electric car maker Tesla - and a small startup in Kalamazoo. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Supporters of consolidated dispatch in Kalamazoo appear to have solved their funding problem, making it possible to launch a unified service after years of discussion and a false start or two.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Edward Montgomery says he's ready to help Western Michigan University reach the "next level" as a globally-ranked research institution. Montgomery was officially inaugurated on Friday, September 15, as Western's ninth president during a ceremony at Miller Auditorium. He was joined by former president John Dunn, university trustees, faculty, staff, and students as well as government leaders.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Two and a half stories underground at First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, in a room filled with the din of air handlers, Pastor Nathan Dannison points into a recess in the wall.

“On the shelf up here you can still see some resources and materials from the Office of Civil Defense. Those are water canisters that store fresh drinking water,” he says.

That’s because, while it now serves as utility space, fifty years ago this room was intended to shelter people from the fallout of a nuclear attack.

Kalamazoo YWCA Sexual Assault Program Needs Volunteers

Sep 6, 2017
Andy Robins / WMUK

The Kalamazoo YWCA is looking for volunteers to help victims of sexual abuse. It will hold “supportive volunteer” training sessions September 15 and 16. The volunteers work with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program to help survivors through medical examinations following a sexual assault.