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A close up photo of dead mosquitoes in a dish being sorted with tweezers
Lisa Poole / AP Photo

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is calling for more discussion as the state gets ready to spray insecticide in several counties. 

Kalamazoo Offers Walking Street Audit Tours

Sep 30, 2019
Ben Gretchko / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo has begun a project to improve its streets and it’s asking residents to help. For the next two weeks, the City of Kalamazoo is hosting “Walking Wednesdays.”

A Beechcraft airplane sprays the insecticide DUET over Dallas to curb the spread of West Nile virus early Monday morning, Aug. 20, 2012.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
LM Otero / The Associated Press

Kalamazoo County officials say there will be no aerial spraying for mosquitoes in the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage. The County Health and Community Services Department says it was notified by the state that the number of people opting out of spraying in the two cities means it would no longer be effective. 

Valerie Barry / iStock Photo

A program fighting systemic racism in Kalamazoo now has a million-dollar endowment. The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation project is working in several areas. Kalamazoo Community Foundation CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway says they include discrimination in housing.

Rick Bowmer / AP Photo

Does an uptick in diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis spread by mosquitoes have anything to do with climate change? A researcher at Western Michigan University says it probably does.