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Garlic mustard covers a forest floor in Rockford, Illinois
Victoria Nuzzo

Invasive species are an expensive problem in the United States. Federal agencies spent more than $104 million last year to control them. But a recent study on invasive garlic mustard shows that, at least in some cases, it might be better to leave invasive species alone.

Power Outages Tuesday

Dec 5, 2017

Power outages are reported throughout Southwest Michigan due to high winds.

Welfare Food Assistance Rules Changing

Nov 29, 2017
Carlos Osorio / AP Photo

Able-bodied adults on welfare in some parts of Michigan will have to work to keep food assistance beginning in January. The state says that’s because Kalamazioo, Allegan, Barry, and seven other counties no longer qualify for a federal waiver.

Reliving Those Dodgeball Days

Nov 29, 2017
Amir Muhammad / WMUK

Nothing brings people together quite like sports. And the Kalamazoo Sport and Social Club founded five years ago gives people a chance to play games they love and to connect with each other. That includes what might seem like an unlikely sport: dodgeball.

A wind farm in Idaho (file photo)
Wikimedia Commons

Update: As of December 18, Congress had scrapped this part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The AWEA says the tax credits will be phased out in 2019 as planned.

Opponents say the proposed federal tax plan working its way through the Senate could stunt the growth of wind energy in Michigan.

A trade group says it would make it harder for companies to recover the cost of building wind turbines through tax credits.