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My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

KALAMAZOO, Mich.---  The wine will soon be flowing from a "cave" at a Kalamazoo landmark.

On Thursday, Aug. 14,  Kalamazoo Project Coordinator Pete Eldridge says the zoning board of appeals unanimously approved allowing the proprietor of Henderson Castle  open a 180-square-foot “wine cave” on the property.  The board also waived a city ordinance requiring additional off-street parking.

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Police investigate package tampering at Meijer store


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) --Police are investigating a case of package tampering at a Meijer store.

Investigators say a suspect purchased over the counter vitamins, opened them, switched the contents and then returned them to the store where they were placed back on the shelf.

Some of the vitamins remained in the original bottles, but other were in non-labeled prescription bottles and bottles that were painted black.

Items the suspect placed in the bottle included candy, chocolate chips, walnuts, and cat food. Additionally, police say some of the bottles also contained prescription medication such as Sotalol, Coumadin, and 800 milligram ibuprofen.

The primary vitamin that has been affected is Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 krill oil. Meijer says it has notified all of its stores and employees have checked products and removed any suspicious items.


My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota

My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What is 70 feet long, 11 feet across and weighs nearly 300,000 pounds?  One of the largest items to come out of a former GM plant in Kalamazoo.

W. Soule’s Soule Fabrication Group facility at Midlink is getting ready to ship its newest creation- a large steam-powered dryer.  The dryer, which is comprised of carbon steel, will go to an ethanol plant in North Dakota to dry corn. 

 “It is physically one of the largest pieces we’ve ever built,” says W. Soule’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Cline, who has worked at the company for 28 years.

Kalamazoo doctor: Chance of Ebola outbreak gripping U.S. is slim

Kalamazoo doctor: Chance of Ebola outbreak gripping U.S. is slim

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— The Ebola virus has claimed more than 1,200 lives in West Africa, but at least one West Michigan doctor says there is little chance the outbreak will take hold in the United States.

"We are monitoring pretty darned carefully if the people coming into the United States from these countries, where this virus is prevalent, whether they have a fever or not," Essani says. "So we really have some idea. But this is biology and there will always be exceptions to it. I do expect the number of cases to go up, there's no doubt about it. So we are going to see these sporadic cases around the globe. But I don't think it will acquire an epidemic form as it has in Africa," says Dr. Karim Essani, virologist and professor of biological sciences at Western Michigan University.

 Essani says Ebola is more difficult to spread than other viruses, like flu.

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My Town: Local brewery among best in the U.S.

My Town: Local brewery among best in the U.S.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Grand Rapids is home to the best craft brewery in the nation, according to The Daily Meal.

Founders Brewing Co. took the most votes during the food and drink publication’s online survey. Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo also made the cut, coming in at No. 5. More than 13,000 votes were cast nationwide. 

The contest started with 118 nominations by a panel of craft beer experts with The Daily Meal; online voters helped narrow down the list to 50 finalists, which included several of last year’s winners.

To see the entire list, visit The Daily Meal’s website here.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town: Cooley Law and WMU announce affiliation agreement

My Town: Cooley Law and WMU announce affiliation agreement

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Cooley Law School has a new name and partnership.

Leaders of the nonprofit law school joined those from Western Michigan University this week to announce they reached an affiliation agreement.  Under the deal, Cooley Law School will now be known as the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  The name change applies to all Cooley campuses in Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor.  Cooley and WMU will maintain separate governments and finances.

As part of the new partnership, WMU Cooley Law will offer first-year law classes on Western’s Kalamazoo campus this fall.  Faculty at both schools are also developing a law minor and a 3+3 program at WMU that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years.  Tuition to both schools will not change because of the affiliation.