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This story has been updated to reflect that Jen Strebs is a member of Kalamazoo progressive organization ProKzoo and that Kalamazoo County has cancelled its Commission meeting for July 3.

With temperatures in the 90s and the sun blazing, hundreds of people gathered in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park on Saturday to call for changes to U.S. immigration laws and policy. 

Andy Robins / WMUK

With all of southwest Michigan Under an "excessive heat" warning, Kalamazoo County officials say they will opening a cooling station to help people cope. The station at the Douglass Community Association, 1000 W. Paterson Street, in Kalamazoo will be open Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can get free rides to the cooling station on Metro Transit busses.

County health officials say they are keeping an eye on heat indexes in the area and may re-open the cooling station on Sunday, July 1.


On an important anniversary - the fiftieth year since the ratification of the 13th Amendment - Michigan saw the publication of the "Manual of Freedmen's Progress," a detailed account of African-American residents' achievements in the state.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University set tuition and fees for the next academic year on Wednesday, at a meeting where the Board of Trustees also approved a new contract with the school's Teaching Assistants Union. 

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

Kalamazoo County will participate in National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June 27. The county health department's clinical services supervisor, Penny Born RN, says the tests are for more than just people considered at high-risk for AIDS.