A sign resting on someone's legs shows a drawing of a globe and the words "eco not ego."
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Shutdown or no shutdown, this is Earth Week, with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on Wednesday. Environmental groups in Kalamazoo are marking it with a slate of virtual events, from a “History of Earth Day” video series to a “Climate Crisis Town Hall,” sessions on green eating and gardening, and a virtual tour of a very energy-efficient house in Portage.

Two organizers told WMUK about their how their online events will work.

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Western Michigan University is offering grants to help faculty members and others fight COVID-19.

Mark Bugnaski / WMU

Hospitals everywhere face a severe shortage of personal protection equipment, or PPE, because of the COVID-19 crisis. But three departments at Western Michigan University are trying to help.


Western Michigan University says a student has tested positive for COVID-19. 

A close-up of a sandwich board with a sign that reads "preemptive covid-19 action - dealership closed"
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Globalization didn’t cause the coronavirus pandemic, and global ties might help as countries fight the disease, Western Michigan University economist Susan Pozo told WMUK. She also said that restarting the economy now would only damage it in the long run.