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Salvador Calderon prunes blueberry bushes at Leduc Farm in Paw Paw
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Berries, apples, cucumbers - all of these crops are hand-picked by thousands of migrant farm workers every year. They start in southern states like Florida and Georgia and work their way up to Michigan. But this year, farmers aren’t sure they’ll be coming. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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A Kalamazoo County resolution on a controversial oil pipeline that was withdrawn two weeks ago will get a vote after all. The resolution calls for Enbridge Energy to shut down its line 5 pipe, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac, to avoid the risk of a spill.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Supporters of a unified 911 dispatch system in Kalamazoo County say consolidation will go on, despite the defeat of a proposal on Tuesday that would have paid for it.

About 62 percent of people who cast ballots in the May 2 election in Kalamazoo said ‘no’ to a monthly $2.30 phone surcharge. The fee would have paid for a countywide, single dispatch system for 10 years.

State Senator Margaret O'Brien - file photo

A state Senate committee holds a hearing Tuesday on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan. It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison. The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough. But, a lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Commissioners also heard about plans for a roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison and Ransom Streets, and approved plans for lead service line removal in Kalamazoo Township.

Kalamazoo city leaders say President Trump’s proposed federal budget would force the city to cut or put an end to a number of programs. Congress has shelved the president’s plan for now, but it could come back next year.