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Yvonne Nieves protests the treatment of children in Border Patrol custody in Clint, Texas, July 1, 2019. Photo by Cedar Attansio, The Associated Press
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Western Michigan University Economics Professor Susan Pozo says she admires immigrants. Her dedication in a new book on the economic impact of immigration says “in honor of your many achievements and in sympathy for the sacrifices that come from leaving your home to offer your talents in a new country.” Pozo is the editor of The Human and Economic Implications of 21st Century Immigration Policy. Note: A version of this interview was first heard in January of this year. 

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Long before opoid abuse rose to national attention, Gwen Lanier of Kalamazoo had been helping people get clean through her Mothers of Hope, a grassroots nonprofit that this year turns 20 years old. Now, her group is taking its fight against drugs to the streets with its first Walk for Recovery on July 27th and invites all allies to attend. "We're going to do chants like, 'Up with hope, down with dope! Hugs, not drugs!'" she says.

A photo from June 20 shows water muddy with sediment at the Asylum Lake Preserve across from the BTR II site.
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Conservationists in Kalamazoo are unhappy about erosion at a construction site that polluted a nature preserve in June and netted a Violation Notice from Michigan’s environmental agency.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a lawsuit to shut down a controversial pipeline. Enbridge Energy's Line 5 carries oil and natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. The lawsuit was filed today in Ingham County Circuit Court. 

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Michigan’s political district lines will stay as they are for the 20-20 election. A federal court had previously said that the state Legislature needed to redraw dozens of those lines by August. That was because it found that Republicans had unfairly drawn the lines to favor their party. But in a US Supreme Court decision released today, the majority opinion said that these types of gerrymandering issues are political questions - and that’s beyond the scope of what federal courts can decide.