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Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

Governor Rick Snyder was the first governor in the nation to speak out on refugees following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. And he may have come to regret it as he tries to clarify his position vis a vis what a lot of the nation’s other Republican governors are saying about refugees and immigration. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Commission has approved the salary and benefits package it will offer to prospective county administrator Terrence Neuzil. Commissioners voted last week to hire Neuzil, who is a county supervisor in Iowa.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County has approved a plan that would move its health department to Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood. County commissioners voted on Tuesday to buy three acres on East Alcott Street. The county intends to build a new facility on that land for Health and Community Services.

Currently the department rents space in Nazareth. Deputy County Administrator John Faul says that building is less than ideal for employees and for patients.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A parking plan for downtown Kalamazoo is on hold for at least a little while. On Monday the city’s Downtown Development Authority said the proposed five-year plan needs more work before the Authority can vote on it.

Pete Strazdas / WMU Facilities

If you’ve followed the path of Arcadia Creek, you know it disappears for a while near Western Michigan University’s campus. You might have also noticed that Waldo Stadium is near the point where the creek moves underground. Listener Carl Doubleday wondered: does the creek run under Waldo Stadium?