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Shipt shopper Stacey Smith loads groceries into her car at a Meijer in Portage to deliver to a customer
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

Grocery delivery services are growing in the United States. The retail trade group the Food Marketing Institute estimates that in eight years, 20 percent of grocery shopping will be done online. Though it may be convenient, some grocery delivery services are more environmentally-friendly than others. 

The 32nd Division in the World War, 1917-1919 / Courtesy of Tom George

The Red Arrow Highway runs east from New Buffalo across Berrien and Van Buren Counties. Cross into Kalamazoo, and suddenly the road is called Stadium Drive. A listener asks: why? The road is named after a storied Division of the US Army. Wouldn’t the name “Red Arrow” pay better tribute to veterans?

Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will keep that job for another two years. He got 6,028 votes to defeat two write-in challengers in Tuesday's election. City commissioners Erin Knott and Jack Urban won new four-year terms. And Eric Cunningham will rejoin the Kalamazoo City Commission, winning his first full term. Cunningham first served after he was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2015 but failed to win the election later that year.

Greyson Steele / WMUK

Portage has a new mayor. Unofficial results of Tuesday's election show Patricia Randall defeating fellow City Council member Nasim Ansari 4,235 votes to 3,628. Randall must resign her Council seat to take the mayor's position. Ansari will also leave the City Council because his seat was up for election. It will be taken by newcomer Lori Knapp. Incumbents Claudette Reid and Terry Urban won new four terms.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County will consider major changes to its indigent defense system at a special meeting next week. The county has to bring its public defense services up to new state standards.

It’s considering creating a dedicated office for indigent defense that would operate as a non-profit. That would replace the contract system it uses now.