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Kalamazoo County wants to renew its law enforcement tax on May 3. If it passes, the levy would last for six years. The rate will stay at its current level - about 1.45 mills. That means a taxpayer whose home is worth $100,000 on the market would pay just over $70 a year toward the tax.

The money the millage raises helps to fund a range of county departments, from animal services to the prosecutor’s office to district and circuit court. Kalamazoo County sheriff Rick Fuller says everyone who pays toward the millage stands to gain from it, as it helps to cover services such as the Kalamazoo County jail.

From left to right: Dalton Hanners, Quinton Mitchell, and Dale Anderson
Madison Bennett, WMUK

Confections with Convictions may look like a typical sweets shop. What makes it unique is its mission- to hire teens with criminal backgrounds and help them overcome barriers to employment. In the five years it’s been open, the shop has made some major strides and changed lives. 


Voters in Kalamazoo County will see a five-year transit millage on their ballots May 3. The revenue from the tax would help pay for the Metro County Connect service, where users throughout the county pay a fee for a ride to their destination.

Right now, residents of the county pay 0.4 mills a year for the service. If the new levy passes, the rate would drop to 0.315 mills. That means a taxpayer whose house’s market value is $100,000 would pay about $16 a year.

Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

Michigan’s new minimum wage law that passed in 2014 has left a lot of workers with more money in their pockets. It boosted the state minimum wage from $7.40 per hour up to the current rate of $8.50. By 2018, it’ll be up to $9.25. But the legislation also wiped away the amendments and rules that went along with the state’s old minimum wage law. Because of that, labor advocates are worried that a segment of Michigan’s farmworkers are now exempt from minimum wage laws. 


Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

The man accused in a series of seemingly random shootings across Kalamazoo in February is mentally fit to stand trial. A district court judge ruled today that Jason Brian Dalton understands the crimes against him and can assist his defense.

Dalton allegedly killed six people and injured two others as he drove across Kalamazoo County on February 20th. 

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