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Kalamazoo County is looking into claims that its veterans’ office was critically understaffed for two weeks.

The county once had two employees who could help veterans apply for federal benefits, but one of them left recently. When the other took a vacation, Commissioner Mike Seals says the office was down to one clerk who cannot help with Veterans Administration benefits.

Seals says that’s unacceptable.

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Actor, writer and Marine Veteran Benjamin Busch says people who serve in the military come from different backgrounds and have different experiences while they serve. But he says that’s not always the public perception.


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Bicyclists have a right to five feet of space between themselves and a passing car: So says the Kalamazoo City Commission, which voted unanimously to adopt a five-foot passing rule for bikes Monday evening.

While the city traffic engineer had said three feet was better, the commission decided that wasn’t enough room for a car to safely pass a bicycle.

Dense colonies of European frogbit can develop quickly in shallow, slow-moving water
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

An invasive aquatic plant has found its way into West Michigan lakes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed European frogbit in two lakes in east Grand Rapids. European frogbit is a water plant with half-inch to two-inch leaves that look like small water lilies. 

Habitat for Humanity volunteers finished pouring the foundation at the site of Ben Brown's tiny house. Behind it is Brown's garden shed, not that much smaller than the house itself.
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The City of Kalamazoo is considering changing its housing laws to accommodate tiny houses. These homes are often less than 400 square feet and use things like built-in tables to maximize space. Recent reality TV shows and documentaries have made living small seem chic. Some say tiny houses could be a more affordable option for people living on a small income. 


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