SW Michigan

7:40 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Lawmakers likely to approve bear petting, despite warnings from zookeepers

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President of Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo is among officials who have raised concerns about safety.
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: Center for Michigan
Despite resistance from the state's traditional zookeepers, a bill written to keep visitors to an Upper Peninsula tourist attraction petting its bears appears bound for the governor's desk.
7:33 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Closure of Battle Creek's air traffic control tower would disrupt Western Michigan University's College of Aviation

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Tower in Battle Creek is one of six in Michigan and 238 nationwide that could be shut down as part of automatic federal spending cuts
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
BATTLE CREEK, MI - If the planned closure of the W.K. Kellogg's air traffic control tower in Battle Creek goes ahead in April, it won't ground the 38 planes of Western Michigan University's College of Aviation.
7:28 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Michigan colleges and universities vary widely in disaster drills

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Universities are not required to hold drills.
As uneven as many K-12 schools are in following school-safety requirements, Michigan colleges and universities seem even more confused, an MLive Media Group investigation found. Michigan State University drills its dormitories regularly; the University of Michigan much less so. Disparities in the type and number of safety drills vary widely at other universities across the state.
6:44 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Snyder's top pick for Detroit Emergency Manager is a financial turnaround specialist

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Governor Snyder's spokeswoman won't confirm that Kevyn Orr is in line to be name manager of Michigan's largest city
Kevyn Orr, a partner in the prestigious Jones Day law firm of Washington, D.C., is Gov. Rick Snyder's leading choice to become Detroit's emergency financial manager, assuming Snyder decides to go forward with proposing an EFM after today's hearing on the Detroit City Council's appeal in Lansing.
6:32 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Covert Schools Superintendent to step down in summer

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Michael Alexander hints at rocky relationship with school board. Some board members say they didn't intend to renew his contract.
COVERT - Covert Schools Superintendent Michael Alexander will step down when his contract expires June 30.