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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A state representative from Kalamazoo says forcing two schools in the city to close or go under state management is a bad idea.

The Washington Writers’ Academy and the Woodward School for Technology and Research have both appeared on the state’s list of failing schools.The Michigan Department of Education could appoint managers to oversee them, but it might also order them closed.

Kalamazoo residents protesting Trump's presidency on National Resist Day
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

About 50 people gathered for National Resist Day in Bronson Park last night. It’s a national event created to organize people against the incoming administration of president-elect Donald Trump. People in the crowd expressed concerns about losing the Affordable Care Act as well as their civil rights. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Democrats on the Kalamazoo County Board have yet to close the rift that opened when one member helped elect a Republican as chair.

Democrat Stephanie Moore’s vote for Republican Dale Shugars cost her party the top seat on a commission where they hold a narrow majority. After her vote for Shugars, Moore was elected as the board’s vice-chair with no support from the other Democrats.

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder focused much of the annual State of the State address on his achievements as governor, while also, insisting there is more work to be done.

Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo's new city budget includes the first fruit of a $70-million private gift. City commissioners approved the $148-million spending plan Tuesday night. It includes a big reduction in property tax rates, thanks to the gift from business owners Bill Johnston and William Parfet announced last year. The city's millage rate will fall from over 19-mills in 2016 to only 12-mills this year, a reduction of 37-percent.