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A wind farm in Idaho (file photo)
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Update: As of December 18, Congress had scrapped this part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The AWEA says the tax credits will be phased out in 2019 as planned.

Opponents say the proposed federal tax plan working its way through the Senate could stunt the growth of wind energy in Michigan.

A trade group says it would make it harder for companies to recover the cost of building wind turbines through tax credits. 

WMU Grad Watches Neutron Stars Collide

Nov 22, 2017
Jorge Saenz / AP Photo

A Western Michigan University graduate is helping astronomers record what happens when two neutron stars collide. Scientists have long believed that when two neutron stars crash into each other in a “kilonova,” they create gravity waves.

Why Is WMU's Marching Band So Big?

Nov 21, 2017
Greyson Steele / WMUK

For nearly a hundred years, Western Michigan University’s Bronco Marching Band has been a fixture on fall Saturdays in Kalamazoo. This year, though, there is a notable difference. The size of the band has swelled to 330 members, making it the largest in the Mid-American conference.

Susan Montoya Bryan / Associated Press

Two companies have asked about installing solar panels on an old paper mill landfill near the Kalamazoo River, according to Cooper Township supervisor Jeff Sorensen. The township owns the land, where the presence of the landfill, though capped, limits future development.

Cliff Owen / AP Photo

Fred Upton says he's not running for U.S. Senate next year. The Saint Joseph Republican announced Friday, November 17, that he'll seek another two-year term in the House instead.