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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The city also plans to switch to single-stream recycling.

Streets and parks in the City of Kalamazoo will get an update thanks in part to a large private donation the city received last year. On Monday, city commissioners agreed to spend $1,470,000 from the Foundation for Excellence for the work.

Among other things, the city plans updates for three parks, Davis, Rockwell and Frays. It’ll also add a sidewalk along part of Woodward Avenue and catch up with tree trimming and removal on the North Side.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This "Why's That?" story originally aired in August 2016. 

Years ago when Julie Allen’s son was in a stroller, she’d take him for walks on South Westnedge Avenue. That’s when a building set well back from the road caught her attention.

“I probably walked by it four or five times before I actually noticed the house,” she says.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

An anti-nuclear activist says Palisades Nuclear Power Plant will still be a concern even after it’s closed. Chris Williams advocated for the shutdown of another Entergy-owned plant - Vermont Yankee. Williams addressed South Haven residents and activists at a talk Thursday night at Lake Michigan College. 

Ryan Dy of Holland (right) and Tom Fik of Allegan (left) fishing at Allegan Dam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

People aren’t supposed to eat the fish out of the Kalamazoo River, but many still do. Fish in the river are contaminated with PCBs - the toxin leftover from Kalamazoo’s old paper mills. Eating the fish over time could cause cancer, birth defects, neurological issues, and other health problems. Decades ago the state put up signs warning people of the risks that come with eating the fish, but those signs aren’t reaching everyone.


State Police Seek "Angel" Volunteers

Jul 10, 2017
Elise Amendola / AP Photo

The Michigan State Police are joining a nationwide effort to fight abuse of heroin and "opioid" drugs. The "Angel Program" lets addicts seek help from law enforcement agencies without fearing arrest or investigation.

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