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Libertarian state House candidate Arnie Davidsons says if he is elected he "will at least be a pain in their side." 

Courtesy of Mary Whiteford

Mary Whiteford is making her second run in the 80th state House district. She sought the Republican nomination in 2014, but lost to Cindy Gamrat. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo says an income tax would generate enough revenue to close a growing budget gap. Commissioners are weighing whether to propose such a tax, which would have to be approved by voters before the city could levy it.

Kalamazoo’s budget shortfall is projected to come in at under $2 million next year. But by 2021, it’s expected to rise to more than $5 million.

Matt Johnson / City of Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail has an east side and a west side. What it lacks is a middle. The city says that’s going to change this year. It says it expects a KRVT connection to be “substantially complete" by the end of 2016.

If the city succeeds in closing the gap, it will break a streak of false starts for a downtown trail stretching back to the 1990s.

An artist rendering of Montana State University's Explorer 1 CubeSat
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Montana State University

A group of Western Michigan University students and faculty are trying to send a satellite into space. WALI - the Western Aerospace Launch Initiative - is part of a NASA program that allows small satellites to tag along on NASA’s regular missions. The group is trying to raise the $100,000 it will take to build its satellite.