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When Frank Thompson served on the Kalamazoo County Board, he wasn’t known for staying on-topic. If the business before the commission failed to interest him he’d get up and ring a bell on the wall. But some knew Thompson - who died this month at age 91 - for a different role: as a longtime officer with the Kalamazoo city police.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Gubernatorial hopeful Abdul El-Sayed says an oil pipeline that moves crude though the Straits of Mackinac poses a major threat to the Great Lakes. In Kalamazoo on Tuesday the candidate said that if he were elected governor, he’d use executive power to turn the pipe off while its safety is debated.

A wasp hovers over a tulip on a warm spring day in Washington Park on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
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This time of year, it’s not unusual for bees to ruin your picnic. Except the bugs landing on your potato salad likely aren’t bees at all. Many people have trouble telling the difference between bees and other stinging, flying insects. 

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

On Friday, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a plan to let Consumers Energy end its power purchase agreement with Palisades’ owner Entergy.

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A Kalamazoo non-profit group wants to help people in the DACA program that lets undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children avoid deportation. President Donald Trump announced recently that he'll end the program. But he gave Congress six months to come up with an alternative.