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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Trustees also named two residence halls and a Heritage Hall conference center after three notable alumni.

Western Michigan University has approved a three percent increase in room and board rates for the next academic year. That’s a $280 increase for a student with a 15-meal plan who lives in “traditional” on-campus housing such as a dorm. 

Mike Groll / Associated Press

The debate over a May 2 ballot proposition in Kalamazoo County has intensified in recent weeks. An increased monthly charge on phones would let the county consolidate five different 911 services, and pay for new technology. Proponents say it’s an overdue improvement of local emergency service. But a union that represents local dispatchers disagrees.

Volunteers Needed for Frog Survey

Apr 21, 2017
Jen Tagett / Kalamazoo Nature Center

For the past 20 years, volunteers and biologists have been listening at night. They try to hear the songs of 13 kinds of frogs and toads in Michigan. Wildlife biologist Lori Sargent at the State Department of Natural Resources says the annual amphibian survey is a good way to monitor the environment.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A Kalamazoo judge has agreed to leave some statements that accused mass shooter Jason Dalton made to police after his arrest out of Dalton’s trial. The court will allow the use of other parts of Dalton’s interviews.

Plant Threatens Michigan Monarchs

Apr 20, 2017
Saginaw Bay CISMA

Since 2012 a poisonous plant has affected how monarch butterflies in Michigan develop. Swallow-wort was not seen as a problem when it was first brought to the United States during the 19th century. But now the decorative plant in gardens is a threat to monarchs.