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City of Kalamazoo

City of Kalamazoo Public Services Director Sue Foune has resigned. That was after the City Manager’s office “exercised the right to separate employment with or without cause” in Foune’s case, according to Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain.

Foune had been with the city for about 24 years, and had directed Public Services since 2013. The city announced the resignation in a press release Thursday.

Anders Dahlberg

For about 30 years, the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane has been leaching into Kalamazoo County’s groundwater from the KL Avenue Landfill. It’s contaminated drinking water wells in Oshtemo Township and forced more than 300 people to switch to Kalamazoo city water.

Now state regulators are planning to tighten the limits on 1,4 dioxane in drinking water. That means even more homes will have to give up their wells as the toxic plume moves west. 

One-to-One Model Helps Cafe Feed the Hungry

Mar 24, 2016
Madison Bennett / WMUK

After learning about “social impact business” in class, Western Michigan University graduate Patrick Mixis says he was inspired - so inspired that he opened Feed the World Cafe, a Kalamazoo restaurant that gives back to the community. For every meal sold or catered, one or more meals are provided back to the community. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Anthropology students at Western Michigan University say they fear for the future of their department, though administrators say they intend to maintain the program.

Students spoke Wednesday at a Board of Trustees meeting about what many of them see as a snowballing list of faculty departures, and said they’d heard rumors that the department would close. Graduate student and teaching assistant Deirdre Courtney says the situation has affected students’ morale.

The revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships.

The League points to state tax structure including property tax caps as one problem. But at an MML event on Monday, speakers especially focused on a sharp drop in state revenue in recent years.