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The Associated Press

A group of Republican state Senators wants to increase the amount that Michigan plans to spend on harbor dredging this year. State Senator John Proos of Saint Joseph is part of the group that wants to spend another $10-million to $12-million in addition to the $22-million in Governor Snyder's proposed budget.

Steve Johnson / No More Deaths

As the renewed debate over immigration reform unfolds in Washington, thousands of undocumented immigrants still try to cross the border with Mexico. A humanitarian group in Arizona says many are at risk of dying from thirst, starvation, or attacks by criminals. Representatives of No Más Muertes/No More Deaths will talk about the issue in Kalamazoo Wednesday, February 13th.

Gordon Evans, WMUK

WMUK’s Gordon Evans reported on the One-Billion rising event to raise awareness about violence against women. He also spoke with Susan Reed, supervising attorney for the Michigan Immigrants’ Rights Center and Megan Reynolds, managing attorney of the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. 

The Associated Press

A Kalamazoo-based attorney who  has been advocate for decriminalizing marijuana says Michigan could vote in 2016 on a law for limited legalization of marijuana. John Targowski specializes in medical marijuana law. He also helped lead the effort to pass a charter amendment in Kalamazoo that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana the lowest priority of law enforcement. 

The Associated Press

Federal officials say more than 100,000 women and children fall victim to human traffickers in the U.S. each year. They’re often forced into prostitution or other sex work, or other jobs, against their will. A Kalamazoo woman hopes to make a dent in that modern form of slavery, at least in southwest Michigan.

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