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Pandemic Raises Suicide Risk

Feb 11, 2021
Andy Robins / WMUK

Stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on mental health for some people. And that's raising concern about suicide rates.

Courtesy of Buddy Hannah

Kalamazoo leader Buddy Hannah was born in Miami. But by age 10, he found himself living on a farm in Georgia with his grandparents. Hannah, who is Black, recalls that his newly adopted small town had an historic structure in the middle of the road, a slave market, where enslaved persons were once bought and sold. Hannah says it’s still there. He's 73 years old.


Courtesy of Donna Odom

The national AARP has picked Kalamazoo's Donna Odom as one of its 2021 Purpose Prize Fellows. The honor is awarded to those over 50 who are tackling tough problems.


Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump's defense team denies he directly called for violence and argues that he should not be tried since he is no longer in office. The House impeachment managers say he must be held accountable for the violence at the Capitol. Watch the proceedings live.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump's defense team denies he directly called for violence and argues that he should not be tried since he is no longer in office. The House impeachment managers say he must be held accountable for the violence at the Capitol. Watch the proceedings live.

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