Andrew Robins

News Director

Andy Robins has been WMUK's News Director since 1998 and a broadcast journalist for over 24 years. He joined WMUK's staff in 1985. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting.

Email: andrew.robins (at) wmich.edu     Phone: (269) 387 5717

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SW Michigan
1:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

WMU Drops Plan to Buy Homes

Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University has dropped a controversial plan to buy houses near its East Campus. University officials said Wednesday that they won’t go ahead with the proposal to buy ten properties on Bellevue and Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo for $370,000.

Western’s plan to tear the homes down to create “green space” drew strong criticism by historic preservation advocates. Although they aren’t considered “historic” themselves, the houses are in an historic district.

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12:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Schoolcraft Schools to seek bond approval

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District officials say it makes better sense to build a new school rather than renovate buildings that date back to the 1940's.
SCHOOLCRAFT, MI - Schoolcraft Community Schools will seek voter approval of a $14 million bond issue Aug. 5 that calls for a new middle school attached to the high school, reducing the number of schools from four to two and other improvements, all without a millage increase.
2:42 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Martha Ford takes Detroit Lions helm

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The team says Vice-Chairman Bill Ford, Jr., will handle day-to-day oversight of the NFL franchise.
Allen Park As expected, Martha Ford, wife of the late William Clay Ford Sr., will take over ownership of the Detroit Lions. Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Fords controlling interest in the Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford, read a statement from the team.
3:21 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Ticket "scalping" bill passes state House

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The bill, which would not overturn local ordinances against scalping, now heads to the state Senate.
LANSING - Selling a ticket to a sporting or entertainment event for more than it's worth would no longer be a crime under a bill passed by the state House of Representatives Thursday. Currently, it's a crime to sell a ticket above its face value without the consent of the venue or event operator.
SW Michigan
2:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New interim police chief in BC

Interim Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker
Credit City of Battle Creek

The City of Battle Creek has a new interim police chief. The city announced Tuesday that Detective Jim Blocker will take over the department following former chief Jackie Hampton's retirement last month. Deputy Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Saylor has initially been picked to replace Hampton while the search for a permanent chief was underway way. But Saylor and city officials later agreed that he should step aside because he was considering jobs in other cities.

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