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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery delivered his first “State of the University” address on Friday, October 6. During the university’s annual Fall Academic Convocation.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A Democrat who’s running for governor says he wants to bring the office under the state’s open records laws. Shri Thanedar was in Kalamazoo on Thursday to speak to students at Western Michigan University.

Thanedar says Michigan gets poor marks on government transparency and ethics, because the legislature and governor’s office are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

“That’s just plain wrong,” Thanedar says.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

It’s getting harder to find affordable housing in Kalamazoo, according to the county’s Public Housing Commission.

The board is tasked with helping homeless families find places to live, but Chair David Anderson says it’s increasingly a struggle to find housing within a low-income family’s budget.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County says its new budget speaks of good financial health. Commissioners approved the $90 million plan on Tuesday. It includes a 1.75 percent raise for nonunion staff. It also puts $2 million toward funding legacy benefits costs. And among other things the budget will pay for the jail to fill vacancies on its nursing staff.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Kalamazoo could join other counties around the state that oppose a bill making it easier to challenge tax foreclosures. Senate Bill 386 would expand the reasons that a property owner could contest a foreclosure in court. The bill passed the Senate handily and is now in committee in the House. 

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