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SW Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State prison food may go private

Maximum security prison in Jackson
Credit AP Photo

State corrections officials have reversed course and decided to privatize food services in Michigan’s prisons. The Gongwer News Service says the decision was announced today. The Corrections Department had earlier rejected all bids by private companies saying they wouldn't save enough money. That led to criticism by majority Republicans in the legislature.

Officials say the winning bid by Aramark will save the state $16 million a year but could eliminate nearly 400 jobs.

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Portage Superintendent Search
7:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Why is Portage still looking for a new Superintendent?

Portage Central High School - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Portage School Board has decided to reopen its search for a new superintendent. But MLive Kalamazoo reports that some board members are questioning why they weren't able to find a candidate the first time around. 

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Arts & More
1:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Let worms do the work on your garbage

Nancy Essex picks up a handful of red worms used in vermicomposting
Credit Nancy Camden

The next time you put food scraps down your garbage disposal or in your garbage can, consider using nature’s garbage disposal, vermicomposting. Vermi is Latin for worm. So, it’s composting using worms.

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Hobbies
1:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Robotics teaches kids hands-on math, science

Korbin Fletcher working on a motor
Credit Maggie Kane

The Youth Robotics program hosted by Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek is part of a push to introduce kids to STEM topics – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – in a fun and interesting way.

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Weekend sports
7:35 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Weekend sports roundup: WMU claims men's tennis title

WMU men's tennis team photo
Credit GS Photo/WMU Media Relations

Men's tennis 

Western Michigan University has won its second straight Mid-American Conference championship. The Broncos defeated the host Northern Illinois 4-3 Saturday in DeKalb. Western earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with the win, they will find out their opponent on Tuesday. 

Softball

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