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Robbie Feinberg

Activists, residents and students rallied on the outskirts of Colony Farm Orchard Friday afternoon -- there to protest the planned development of 44 acres of the orchard by Western Michigan University as an expansion of its Business Technology and Research Park. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Plenty of home-use products pose a threat to the environment if they’re thrown in the garbage. But Kalamazoo County is one of the few places in Southwest Michigan that accepts a broad range of potentially polluting trash, from antifreeze to VCRs.

Robbie Feinberg

The recent closing of the Harding’s Market grocery store in Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood wasn’t just a routine case of a business shutting its doors. The market was the only grocery store in Vine, and its closing left residents scrambling. Some even formed online groups to protest and debate. And finding a new source of food for the neighborhood’s many low-income residents isn’t easy.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a $28 million bond issue to fund two construction projects. The Board made the unanimous decision at its regular meeting today.

The university would use most of the money to finish building the new Valley Dining Center. It would spend a portion of the funds on the alumni center going up on East Campus.

Western says it might also pay debt from old bonds out of the new bond issue, if "market conditions" permit.

The mail processing plant on 9th Street in Oshtemo Township
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

You might have noticed that your letters and bills aren’t reaching their destinations as fast as they used to. That’s because the United States Postal Service changed its delivery standards in January. It now takes two days for an average First Class letter to arrive instead of one.