Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org en Number of Kalamazoo traffic stops cut by half after racial profiling study released http://michiganradio.org/post/number-kalamazoo-traffic-stops-cut-half-after-racial-profiling-study-released <p>Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are making dramatically fewer traffic stops. Chief Jeff Hadley says the data reflect a change in the department’s strategies.</p><p>Back in September, the Kalamazoo police department<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo"> released a study </a>that showed, among other things, that African-American drivers were almost twice as likely as Caucasian drivers to get pulled over in the city.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16687 at http://michiganradio.org Number of Kalamazoo traffic stops cut by half after racial profiling study released EPA says decision about Kalamazoo’s ‘Mount PCB’ will come this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-says-decision-about-kalamazoo-s-mount-pcb-will-come-summer <p>The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to select a cleanup plan by this summer for an old landfill site in Kalamazoo that's full of toxic material.</p><p><a href="http://www.epa.gov/Region5/cleanup/alliedpaper/">The Allied site </a>served as a dumping ground for the paper mill industry for decades. There are 1.5 million cubic yards of material at the site laced with polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCBs. Some neighbors have <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb">dubbed it Mount PCB.</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:11:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16523 at http://michiganradio.org EPA says decision about Kalamazoo’s ‘Mount PCB’ will come this summer More than 300 in Kalamazoo high school to be tested for tuberculosis http://michiganradio.org/post/more-300-kalamazoo-high-school-be-tested-tuberculosis <p>Health officials in Kalamazoo are trying to ease parents’ concerns over a recent case of tuberculosis. A high school student tested positive for the bacterial infection last week.</p><p>“It sounds scary, but it’s not that scary,” said Linda Vail, director of the Kalamazoo County Health Department.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:22:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16444 at http://michiganradio.org More than 300 in Kalamazoo high school to be tested for tuberculosis One Michigan family's journey with autism http://michiganradio.org/post/one-michigan-familys-journey-autism <p>What can a parent do to reach an autistic child, to forge some path through the barrier of autism spectrum disorder – a path that might somehow lead to greater understanding of that child’s mind, heart and soul?</p><p>That challenge is facing more and more families in America.</p><p>In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control found that one in 150 school-age children had been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By 2008, that figure was one in 88 – an increase of 78%.</p><p>Consider more recent figures from a different government agency: the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that today, one out of every 50 school-age kids has the condition.</p><p>The experts tell us these higher numbers may not be so much a matter of more kids having ASD, but rather that health officials are getting better at counting those who do.</p><p>But behind all the statistics are the day-to-day stories of families coping with the often crushing challenge of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:26:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16136 at http://michiganradio.org One Michigan family's journey with autism Kalamazoo leaders vote on a new city budget Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-leaders-vote-new-city-budget-monday <p>On Monday, the <a href="http://www.kalamazoocity.org/agendas-minutes-2">Kalamazoo City Commission</a> is scheduled to vote on its city budget.</p><p></p><p>The budget plan commissioners will vote on reflects Kalamazoo’s basic problem: rising legacy costs.</p><p></p><p>Much of the more than $2 million budget gap is due to the increasing costs of retiree health care.</p><p></p><p>The budget covers much of the gap with one-time funding. That means a longer term solution will have to be found.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15880 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo leaders vote on a new city budget Monday Two men from Kalamazoo write and perform 'The Michigan Poem' http://michiganradio.org/post/two-men-kalamazoo-write-and-perform-michigan-poem <p><em>(Editor's note: This interview was first broadcast on October 28th, 2013)</em></p><p>Take poetry and the spoken word.</p><p>Mix in two stories of redemption.</p><p>Stir in a meeting at a Poetry Slam.</p><p>And top it with a poem about Michigan.</p><p>Do all of that, and you have <a href="http://www.kineticaffect.com/">Kinetic Affect</a>. They are a spoken-word performing duo from Kalamazoo. And maybe you've seen their performance of "The Michigan Poem" <a href="http://www.kineticaffect.com/news/156-the-michigan-poem">making its way around the web</a>: their straight from the heart poem about what it means to be from Michigan.</p><p>The Kinetic Affect duo Kirk Latimer and Gabriel Giron joined us today from Kalamazoo.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:57:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15021 at http://michiganradio.org Two men from Kalamazoo write and perform 'The Michigan Poem' American-US Airways merger could affect Michigan air travelers http://michiganradio.org/post/american-us-airways-merger-could-affect-michigan-air-travelers <p>Michigan air travelers could see some changes with the<a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mo-american-airlines-us-airways-merger-20131209,0,4763424.story#axzz2n0iNQQxW"> merger of American Airlines and US Airways.</a></p><p>The merger creating the world's largest airline became official today. &nbsp;But the new American Airlines has relatively few flights flying into and out of six Michigan airports.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Michael Conway is a spokesman for Detroit Metro Airport. &nbsp;He says the newly merged airline carries only about 6.6% of passengers flying out of Detroit.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:13:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 15615 at http://michiganradio.org American-US Airways merger could affect Michigan air travelers Federal regulators say PCB cleanup in Kalamazoo River gaining momentum http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-regulators-say-pcb-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-gaining-momentum <p>People in Kalamazoo won’t have to wait much longer for a federal decision about what to do with an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb">old landfill site that's full of toxic material.</a></p><p>The Allied site is where a paper mill dumped waste for decades. The pile is laced with p<span class="st">olychlorinated biphenyls (</span>PCBs). They can <a href="http://www.epa.gov/solidwaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/pubs/effects.htm">cause cancer and other health effects</a>, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:46:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15549 at http://michiganradio.org Federal regulators say PCB cleanup in Kalamazoo River gaining momentum Kalamazoo's early retirement offers save city roughly $7 million http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoos-early-retirement-offers-save-city-roughly-7-million <p>The city government in Kalamazoo is working through the final stages of a major transition.</p><p>Kalamazoo is wrapping up an early retirement incentive it first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-70-eligible-kalamazoo-city-workers-already-signed-early-retirement">offered city workers a couple years ago.</a></p><p>“I think we will be affected by this early retirement initiative for a long time to come,” Mayor Bobby Hopewell said.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:37:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15232 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo's early retirement offers save city roughly $7 million PCB cleanup in Portage Creek in Kalamazoo finishing under budget, ahead of schedule http://michiganradio.org/post/pcb-cleanup-portage-creek-kalamazoo-finishing-under-budget-ahead-schedule <p>For decades, paper mills dumped waste into the Kalamazoo River. Some of it had polychlorinated biphenyls; or PCBs. People can be exposed to PCBs by eating fish from the Kalamazoo River. PCBs can cause cancer, and other health problems.</p><p>Workers are <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-delays-decision-mount-pcb-cleanup-continues-another-site">wrapping up a project </a>to remove toxic chemicals from Portage Creek near downtown Kalamazoo.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:55:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14791 at http://michiganradio.org PCB cleanup in Portage Creek in Kalamazoo finishing under budget, ahead of schedule Bell's Brewery coming to Grand Rapids airport http://michiganradio.org/post/bells-brewery-coming-grand-rapids-airport <p>A popular Kalamazoo craft beer brewer will open a location soon in the Grand Rapids area.</p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:46:13 +0000 Associated Press 14431 at http://michiganradio.org Bell's Brewery coming to Grand Rapids airport In this morning’s news: Detroit primary recount, ACLU suit, and the Occupiers http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-detroit-primary-recount-aclu-suit-and-occupiers <p><strong>State of Michigan will re-count Detroit ballots</strong><br>A state election panel will be tasked with certifying the results from the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/controversy-surrounds-results-detroits-mayoral-primary">Detroit mayoral primary</a>.&nbsp; This comes after the Wayne County election board refused to certify the votes.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that the county will have to pay the costs of having the state re-tabulate the ballots.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>FBI may continue to use demographic information</strong><br>A federal appeals court has sided with the FBI in a case about racial and ethnic mapping.&nbsp; The Detroit chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit against the FBI because it refuses to share information about its use of demographic data in investigations.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-loses-appeal-fbi-racial-ethnic-profiling-case">reports</a> that “a federal appeals court says the FBI is allowed to withhold some information so that criminals and terrorists don't know what the bureau is looking into.”</p><p><strong>Occupy comes to Kalamazoo</strong><br>The Occupy movement is back in Michigan this week.&nbsp; Activists from around the country will take over a park in downtown Kalamazoo to bring attention to issues ranging from the economy to racism.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/occupy-activists-take-over-kalamazoo-park-national-gathering">reports </a>that “unlike other Occupy events, the activists say no one will be sleeping overnight in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park.”<br> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:25:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14103 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Detroit primary recount, ACLU suit, and the Occupiers The best Gibson guitars were made by the 'Kalamazoo Gals' http://michiganradio.org/post/best-gibson-guitars-were-made-kalamazoo-gals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The “Banner” Gibson guitar is considered one of the finest acoustic guitars ever made.</span></p><p>Over 9,000 of these Banners were carefully built during World War II.</p><p>But Gibson company records show the company had shifted to producing goods for the war effort and not instruments, and most of the men who made those Gibsons at the headquarters in Kalamazoo were off fighting the war.</p><p>So who made these guitars that are still prized 70 years later?</p><p>That question and his love of guitars drove Connecticut law professor Dr. John Thomas to discover the remarkable answer, which he turned into a book called “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s Banner Guitars of World War Two.”</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:48:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 14092 at http://michiganradio.org The best Gibson guitars were made by the 'Kalamazoo Gals' Nearly century-old community agency in Kalamazoo fights to stay open http://michiganradio.org/post/nearly-century-old-community-agency-kalamazoo-fights-stay-open <p>A community agency that serves thousands of low-income residents in Kalamazoo is in danger of closing.</p><p>The <a href="http://douglasscommunity.org/">Douglass Community Association </a>formed almost a hundred years ago to serve African American soldiers returning from World War I.</p><p>Interim Director Sherry Thomas-Cloud says now they provide literacy programs, a recovery center, free summer meals for kids and much more. She worries what would happen if people no longer have a central location for so many services.</p><p>“At best the services would be piecemealed and at worse you’re looking at an underserved population that would go from being underserved to not having any services at all,” Thomas-Cloud said.</p><p>“Plus, the pride, the sustainability of this agency for 90-some years… it’s just been an icon in the community and it would leave a gap that I think would be felt for many years,” Thomas-Cloud said. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:20:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14058 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan communities marking National Night Out this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-communities-marking-national-night-out-week <p>Communities across Michigan will be marking National Night Out this week.</p><p></p><p>National Night Out is intended to encourage people to get out of their homes and meet their neighbors.</p><p></p><p>Flint is holding a community party downtown today.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint community leaders hope this week’s National Night Out will help them battle the city’s crime problem.&nbsp;&nbsp; Flint has recorded three dozen homicides this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:35:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 13840 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan communities marking National Night Out this week Bell's Brewery files suit against Enbridge and Comstock Commerce Park developer http://michiganradio.org/post/bells-brewery-files-suit-against-enbridge-and-comstock-commerce-park-developer <p>Bell’s Brewery has filed a lawsuit against Enbridge and the developer of Comstock Commerce Park.</p><p>The suit concerns the dredging plans for the Kalamazoo River. Dredging the river is a part of an ongoing effort to clean up the oil spill that happened three years ago.</p><p>Residents and business owners – such as Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery – have expressed concern about the potential pollution that will be caused by the dredging effort.</p><p>Ursula Zerilli of MLive had the following report on the dredging operation:</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:21:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13668 at http://michiganradio.org Bell's Brewery files suit against Enbridge and Comstock Commerce Park developer EPA delays decision on 'Mount PCB,' cleanup continues at another site http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-delays-decision-mount-pcb-cleanup-continues-another-site <p>For decades, paper mills dumped waste into the Kalamazoo River. The waste contains <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/index.htm">polychlorinated biphenyls</a>, or PCBs. &nbsp;</p><p>People can be exposed to PCBs by eating fish from the river. The chemicals can cause cancer, and other health effects.</p><p>The biggest concentration of the waste is a<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb"> 1.5-million-cubic-yard pile in a residential area in Kalamazoo, nicknamed Mount PCB</a>.</p><p>Now, the Environmental Protection Agency says it will release a feasibility study of the options for the pile by September. For a little perspective, this study was supposed to come out <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/epa-discusses-options-clean-toxic-chemicals-kalamazoo-river">as far back as April 2011.</a></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13547 at http://michiganradio.org EPA delays decision on 'Mount PCB,' cleanup continues at another site These are the coolest cell phone towers you will ever see http://michiganradio.org/post/these-are-coolest-cell-phone-towers-you-will-ever-see <p>A new cell phone tower was erected near a busy intersection in Portage, Michigan, but passersby probably won't recognize it.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because the 150-foot tower has been disguised as a pine tree. The pole has brown "bark" and covered with fake bark, and the antennae have been concealed to look like pine branches.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:38:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13450 at http://michiganradio.org These are the coolest cell phone towers you will ever see Proposed ordinance would ban various kinds of discrimination in Kalamazoo Township http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-ordinance-would-ban-various-kinds-discrimination-kalamazoo-township <p>Tonight Kalamazoo Township’s board of trustees will consider an ordinance that would protect people from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, among a number of other factors, including:</p><blockquote><p>“..The actual or perceived race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical or mental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information of another person."</p></blockquote><p>State law already protects from discrimination based on factors like a person’s sex, age, race or religion. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:24:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13413 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed ordinance would ban various kinds of discrimination in Kalamazoo Township Kalamazoo Institute of Arts leader set to retire http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-institute-arts-leader-set-retire <p>KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts executive director has announced his retirement after 23 years, but will remain on the job until a successor is hired.<br><br>The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that it could take up to a year to replace Jim Bridenstine. He is an art historian who earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Holy Cross in 1967 and a master's in the History of Art from George Washington University in 1975. He completed Harvard University's Institute of Arts Administration program in 1978.<br> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13397 at http://michiganradio.org