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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo City Commission has granted raises to four top city officials.

City Clerk Scott Borling, City Manager Jim Ritsema and Internal Auditor Ann Videtich will receive a salary increase at about the same rate city non-bargaining employees got this year. That amounts to a step up in pay grade, a one-percent salary increase and a onetime payment.

Native Plants Improve Health of WMU's Valley Pond

Jul 15, 2016
Christine Lena

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Fishermen can no longer lure fish by throwing bait into trout streams. The Natural Resources Commission banned the controversial practice of “chumming” on most trout streams at their monthly meeting Thursday night. 

The Southwest Michigan Mosquito Squad sprays down the back yard of a homeowner on Kalamazoo's east side
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The wetter the summer, the more mosquitos you’re likely to find outside. In hot, dry summers like this there are fewer mosquitoes, but the ones there are are a greater threat. That’s because West Nile virus spreads more easily in warm weather. This summer Michigan State University has predicted an outbreak of West Nile in Michigan.   

Update: The Berrien County Sheriff now says that the prisoner who shot and killed two bailiffs on Monday was wearing handcuffs at the time.  (Story from the Kalamazoo Gazette)