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A row of cars is parked at electric charging stations, which are grey with black tops and a few feet tall. Yellow concrete posts form a barrier between the chargers and the parking spots. There are solar panels above the chargers.
Leona Larson / WMUK

Just over 10 years ago Western Michigan University unveiled its first four electric vehicle charging stations. By 2014 it had a total of 22 chargers, prompting a British publication to rank the university as the fourth most “electric vehicle-friendly” campus in the United States. But a WMUK investigation found that Western has not kept up with maintenance for the chargers and that the ones that are left are no longer reliable. This story has been updated with additional information about WMU's contract with a private company called ChargePoint.

In 2018, former Olympic and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually abusing girls and women under the guise of treatment, and was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. The sentencing came after more than 150 survivors read powerful statements in court reflecting on the abuse. Rachael Denhollander read one of those statements, and the judge called her "the bravest woman I've ever had in my courtroom."

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?