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Overlooking the dunes in the Saugatuck area (File photo: 2010)
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

A controversial marina is one step closer to being built in the protected Saugatuck dunes area. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently approved permits for the 300-acre private development. It’s the same site as the resort proposed by the late oil and gas mogul Aubrey McClendon. 

USGS scientist collecting a water-quality sample from Zollner Creek, Oregon for a national-scale investigation of the environmental occurrence of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural and urban settings.
Hank Johnson, USGS

Pesticides thought to harm some kinds of bees are turning up in Great Lakes tributaries at unexpected times of the year. Neonicotinoids — or neonics for short — are used on crops, in gardens, and in pet flea medicine. 

Al Goldis / The Associated Press

(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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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.

Lyla Eslick (left) and Caden Cook (right) came to the Women's March with their mothers
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

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.