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Western Michigan University Seal. Photo by WMUK

Rising cases of COVID-19 mean masks are required again inside all buildings at Western Michigan University.

Portage School Bond Approved

Aug 4, 2021
Photo of vote sign by Andy Robins, WMUK
Andrew Robins / WMUK

Portage Schools District voters have approved a $176-million bond issue. The money will be primarily used to replace five aging elementary buildings, and to remodel a sixth school.

Where Are All The Restaurant Workers?

Aug 3, 2021
Leona Larson / WMUK

Staffing shortages have restaurants in Southwest Michigan and across the country scrambling for employees.  Some establishments have cut hours while others are simply serving patrons more slowly.

Nationwide a record number of people have left the food industry since the COVID-19 pandemic recovery began. A recent NPR report found that each month this year about five percent of the U.S. restaurant, bar, and hotel industry workforce quit. That was 706,000 people in May alone. Why did they leave and where are they going?

Two young women wait for several cars to clear an intersection on a wide one-way street.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

As the City of Kalamazoo works on making its streets friendlier for foot, bike and wheelchair traffic, it’s getting ready for overhauls of two major roads. But planners say before they finalize those plans, they want to hear from the public – including Tuesday evening during National Night Out.

A teacher's work area, bounded by a desk on one side and shelves on the other, with colorful math posters on the wall
Courtesy photo / Portage Public Schools

Portage public school district voters will give a thumbs-up or down Tuesday on a bond request.

PPS wants to borrow $175,725,000, which would cover the cost of replacing five 1960s-era elementary schools and remodeling Moorsbridge Elementary, which is about 30 years old. It would also pay for new buses, and hardware such as servers and student laptops.