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A front-end loader dumps beets into the back of a large truck. There is a mound of light-brown sugar beets in the background.
Melanie Sochan / AP

Salt helps to keep Michigan’s roads clear in the winter. But it also eats away at the pavement and pollutes the lakes and streams it washes into. A bill that passed the state Senate calls for an experiment - swapping or at least supplementing road salt with sugar beet byproducts.

Vicksburg HS Gets "Mental Health First Aid"

Oct 3, 2019
Ben Gretchko / WMUK

Vicksburg High School is one of 35 schools around the country to get funding for a teen mental health pilot program. It's called "Teen Mental Health First Aid USA." Funding for it comes from National Council for Behavioral Health with help from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

A forum for Kalamazoo City Commission candidates was held October 1, 2019 at Western Michigan University
Kim Willis / WMUK

Candidates running for Kalamazoo City Commission answered questions on issues ranging from spraying for mosquitoes to prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis to tax policy and pedestrian safety. Tuesday’s forum for city commission candidates was co-sponsored by WMUK, Western Michigan University’s Institute of Government and Politics and WMU WeVote.

Courtesy A Call to Men

The co-founder of the group A Call to Men says men need to step up in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. Ted Bunch will speak Wednesday, October 2, at a summit on the issue in Kalamazoo.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

A new internal policy in the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety now requires officers to fill out paperwork every time they search a motorist's vehicle. Additionally, they must have "reasonable suspicion" to even ask drivers if they can search their cars. Chief Karianne Thomas says this is a higher standard than the current law.