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Rezoning Near Asylum Lake Debated

Jan 13, 2020
Andy Robins / WMUK

In May 2019, the City of Kalamazoo created "Natural Features Protection overlays" to protect sensitive areas. Three of them are residential parcels bordering the Asylum Lake Preserve. The Kalamazoo Planning Commission is considering a proposal to rezone the land as commercial.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A storm on its way to Michigan is likely is to cause flooding and many other problems.

Heavy rain is in the forecast beginning tomorrow. It could fall across much of southern Lower Michigan, where rivers are already high from rain last month.

“We’re probably looking at river flooding if not just low-lying, lowland flooding for at least the latter part of the weekend into early next week,” said Walt Felver, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids.

EPA Holds Kalamazoo River Cleanup Forum

Jan 6, 2020

A $245-million settlement to clean up the Kalamazoo River will be the topic of a meeting Tuesday, January 7. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency negotiated the consent decree with NCR Corporation.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is a critical form for anyone who wants help paying for higher education. But Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan’s FAFSA completion rate was only about 56 percent last year.

A man in a bright yellow jacket stands with a bike, which has a trailer loaded with bins and buckets.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK


WMUK is listening back to some of its favorite stories from the year, including this one from earlier this month.

Chris Broadbent rides his bike through Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood, towing a trailer loaded with buckets. He pulls up behind an apartment building, takes a bucket up the stairs to a back porch, and swaps it for one filled with food scraps. He’ll make a couple more pickups around the city this afternoon. The peels and trimmings are destined for a bin in his backyard.