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A sheet of "I voted" stickers with a flag motif and the phrase in different languages
Richard Vogel / AP Photo

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have boosted Kalamazoo County participation in this month's election. The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and a handful of townships and school districts have proposals on the ballot.

Borgess Run/Kalamazoo Marathon

The 41st annual Borgess Run was to be held May 2 in Kalamazoo. But the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way. Now it's a two-week virtual event.

The picture shows a handwritten "closed" sign in a shop window with a dog-walking pedestrian in the background. The dog is white with brown spots.
Tony Dejak / AP Photo

Some African-American businesses in Kalamazoo have asked for an emergency loan. But many firms are not getting the help they need during the shutdown, say Nicole Parker, co-founder of Sisters in Business, and Nicole Triplett, founder of Black Wall Street Kalamazoo. Both groups promote African-American entrepreneurship in the Kalamazoo area.

A picture from a low angle of Battle Creek City Hall. A historic marker is in the foreground.

The COVID-19 shutdown is hitting the City of Battle Creek’s budget. City Manager Rebecca Fleury says the Battle Creek is facing a roughly $800,000 shortfall before the new fiscal year in July. The pain will continue in the next budget, when the city expects an almost $5 million loss in taxes, revenue sharing and fees.

Andy Robins / WMUK

The City of Battle Creek is going online to help restaurants and other food-related businesses get through the corona virus pandemic.