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Waldo Library at Western Michigan University - file photo by WMUK

Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff can get vaccinated, or be tested weekly for COVID-19 this fall.

Anna is smiling and holding a picture of her prizewinning chickens and Megan, to her right, is holding a white banner from the prizes. In the background attendees of the auction stand in a dimly lit pavilion
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Most of the Kalamazoo County fair was canceled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. But unlike last year, kids and youth in 4-H got to bring their animals to the fairgrounds. After nearly two weeks of showing animals from horses to goats to rabbits, the shows ended today with a livestock auction, the fair’s only public event for 2021.

John McNeill / WMUK

Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema says a report on how public safety handled protests last summer will be analyzed and more meetings will be held to seek public comment. The 115 page report from the OIR Group was presented during a special city commission meeting Tuesday night.

A woman reaches into the frame to pick up notebooks, drawings, and a bag of pencils, which are scattered on a coffee table
Shafkat Anowar / AP Photo

Sarah Davis of Kalamazoo has three children in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Sitting at her kitchen table, she recalls learning the district would let families decide whether to bring their kids back to the classroom or continue with virtual school.

“And then I just kind of brought it to the kids," she said, "Like, ‘knowing that you will need to like have a mask on the entire time you are at school, knowing that maybe you’d be socially distanced, what do you wanna do?’”

A row of cars is parked at electric charging stations, which are grey with black tops and a few feet tall. Yellow concrete posts form a barrier between the chargers and the parking spots. There are solar panels above the chargers.
Leona Larson / WMUK

Just over 10 years ago Western Michigan University unveiled its first four electric vehicle charging stations. By 2014 it had a total of 22 chargers, prompting a British publication to rank the university as the fourth most “electric vehicle-friendly” campus in the United States. But a WMUK investigation found that Western has not kept up with maintenance for the chargers and that the ones that are left are no longer reliable. This story has been updated with additional information about WMU's contract with a private company called ChargePoint.