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Melissa Benmark, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The drama surrounding the removal of state Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat dragged through yesterday afternoon and into this morning as the lawmakers fought to keep their jobs. Courser and Gamrat were the central players in a sex-and-cover-up scandal that’s roiled the state Capitol for many weeks now. 

Brady-Handy Collection / Library of Congress

Each month, WMUK’s “Why’s That?” delves into a question you send us and tries to find an answer. You can submit your idea here. September’s story is about names – two of them, well-known in Kalamazoo and nationally, and how they might be connected.

Mike Hoag of Kalamazoo sent us the following question:

So, you ever notice that DouglaS Ave has one "S" while the Douglass Community Association has two? Why's that?

Both Sides Blast Renewable Energy Bill

Sep 4, 2015

There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is criticizing legislation that would put new limits on Michigan’s net metering program. That program allows people with solar panels to sell surplus energy back to the grid.

The state has signed an agreement with Enbridge Energy to ensure that heavy crude oil will not be shipped through a pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. But the agreement does not change anything because Enbridge Line 5 is not built to carry heavy crude.

Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

Tens of thousands of people will converge on Western Michigan University's campus Friday as the Broncos open their football season against Michigan State. The university will close most offices at 2:30 p.m. to help reduce traffic and parking problems. University police and Kalamazoo Public Safety officers will also have a major presence around campus to monitor safety and help ease traffic congestion.