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Andy Robins / WMUK

A new scholarship at Western Michigan University hopes to boost the Kalamazoo Promise and make Kalamazoo’s teaching force more diverse. University and Kalamazoo Public School officials announced the "Future Educators" project Friday.

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Western Michigan University invests very little of its money in fossil fuel companies. That’s the finding of a panel that has studied the environmental impact of the university’s investments.

The committee's report was one of several items the Board of Trustees considered on Thursday.

The panel says that while the university owns no stock in fossil fuel companies, a small amount of the cash the university puts in investment funds does go to unsustainable energy. But faculty member Tom Edmonds, who serves on the panel, says it found the amount was less than one percent of Western’s operating cash.

Japanese knotweed pushing up through concrete on South Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo.
Hannah Hudson

As invasive species continue to pop up in Michigan, the state is organizing to fight them. With the help of a $3.6 million grant, Michigan has created regional programs to battle invasive species. They’re called CISMAs or Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. They aim to find and treat invasives, but they can’t do it alone. State environmental stewards need everyday people to help stop the spread of invasive species. 


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Commission has left off searching for a permanent administrator for now. Instead, Deputy Administrator John Faul will fill the county’s top appointed role indefinitely.

Faul’s appointment comes after the departure earlier this month of former administrator Terrence Neuzil, who resigned after just a few months on the job. Staff members alleged that Neuzil made comments to female employees that could lead to an unequal work place. An investigation ended without a conclusion when Neuzil resigned.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Illegal parking of many sorts might soon cost more in Kalamazoo. The city commission has taken a first step toward raising fines for parking “don’ts,” which range from overstaying a metered spot to leaving your keys in the ignition (yes, that's a violation of the city code).

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