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Kalamazoo Mayoral candidates (left to right) David Benac, David Anderson and Esteven Juarez spoke at a forum for candidates running for Kalamazoo Mayor. October 22nd, 2019
Kim Willis / WMUK

Kalamazoo will have a new mayor in November. Bobby Hopewell is not running for re-election this fall after 12 years as Kalamazoo’s mayor. Three candidates, David Anderson, David Benac and Estevan Juarez participated in a forum on Tuesday October 22nd. It was sponsored by WMUK, Western Michigan University’s Institute of Government and Politics and WeVote, a WMU group dedicated to voter registration. (Advisory: on the discussion of marijuana one of the candidates utters a profanity twice. This happens for the first time about 36:45 into the forum). 

Three young people hold a bright red banner that says "climate and ecological emergency - extinction rebellion SwMI - www.extinctionrebellion.us"
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

When climate activists shut down parts of London this spring, Chris Carr took notice.

“I’d been pretty depressed about this – the climate, and thinking, well there’s nothing we can do,” he told WMUK.

A sign in blue, green and orange paint says "respect mother." The "o" in the word "mother" is a globe.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Climate change is on the agenda Monday evening at Kalamazoo City Hall. A recently-formed coalition hopes commissioners will adopt a resolution declaring a “climate emergency" at their meeting Monday night.

Andrew Robins / WMUK

Driverless cars have arrived at Western Michigan University. Two autonomous shuttles are being tested as a way to help students with disabilities get around campus.

Fewer Sexual Assaults Reported At WMU

Oct 15, 2019
Ben Gretchko / WMUK

Western Michigan University has released its annual crime report. It says some kinds of crime went down on campus last year compared to 2017.