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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Tomme Maile lives near the rail yard on Mills Street in Kalamazoo - so close, he says, he can smell the diesel from his house.

The short-line railroad Grand Elk puts trains together there. Maile says he’d always known it as Botsford Yard. But sometime in the last few years he noticed the name had changed to Gearhart.

“I was kind of concerned that rich history would be lost with the name change,” he says, noting that the yard has been around a long time.

Maile wanted to know: how long has there been a rail yard on Mills Street, and why the new name?


Gordon Evans / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept County Administrator Terrence Neuzil’s resignation. Neuzil had been on the job for less than four months.

Corporate Counsel Thom Canny says the county was in the midst of investigating a personnel matter concerning Neuzil, and the administrator offered to resign before the investigation had concluded. Commissioners placed Neuzil on paid leave three weeks ago.


Imagine this: You're heading home from an international trip, and you get questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection because authorities are unfamiliar with your disability. For one Kalamazoo College student, this was her story earlier this year. However, now the incident has inspired a new effort at creating understanding between authorities and those who stutter.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Correction - April 19, 2016: An earlier version of this story incorrectly implied that the Kalamazoo City Commission had to approve every aspect of the the DDA's parking plan for it to become law. In fact, while the commission has authority over parking fine amounts, the DDA has the final word on parking rate increases.

The Kalamazoo City Commission plans to consider a proposal for a new downtown parking policy at its next meeting. The plan before the commission was approved by the Downtown Development Authority last month. It will raise rates at meters, lots and ramps this summer. Next year it will extend meter enforcement to 9pm and add Saturday as a paying day.

The state plans to use most of $75 million federal grant to help people struggling to pay their mortgages to tear down abandoned buildings in Detroit and Flint. Kevin Elsenheimer is the director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He says the plan makes sense for homeowners in those cities.

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