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Construction in downtown Kalamazoo. Photo by Greyson Steele, WMUK
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Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Economist Evan Mast says a proposal for a large new apartment or condominium building could cause debate at a city council or a planning commission meeting. He says one argument from opponents may be “These units aren’t going to do anything for our housing problem, these are expensive.” But Mast says his research on housing shows that developments with above average prices can have “ripple effects” that help make housing affordable.

Michigan House - file photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN) The people of the 104th District are a step closer to a vote on recalling their state Representative. 

Andrew Robins / WMUK

Life in an 17th century frontier fort will come alive this weekend in Niles. Western Michigan University will hold a public open house at the site of Fort Saint Joseph Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4. The fort was built be French explorers and traders in the 1680's and abandoned a century later.

Lake Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park - file photo by Shawno Cleary, AP
Shawno Cleary / The Associated Press

Jamie Racklyeft says the three and four foot waves on Lake Michigan “looked like fun.” The Executive Director of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium says he had not heard of rip currents until the day he had to be rescued. Now Rackleyft says he wants others to know the dangers on the Great Lakes.

Angela Hsieh / NPR


It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.