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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6:38 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Senate Medicaid vote may happen Tuesday

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Groups that support and oppose the expansion of Medicaid have mounted major lobbying campaigns in Lansing.
LANSING - For nearly three months, state Senators have been bombarded with billboards, e-mails and advertising from both sides of the Medicaid expansion issue. And it all comes down to a possible vote Tuesday on whether to approve a plan that would provide health care insurance coverage to an additional 470,000 low-income Michiganders.
7:06 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Fewer cops but less crime in Kalamazoo County

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Experts aren't exactly sure why, although they point to several possible factors, like more people at home because they don't have jobs and a drop in the number of young men, the group most likely to break the law.
KALAMAZOO, MI - It seems logical enough. More police officers on the streets, less crime. But in Kalamazoo County, serious crimes are on the decline over the past nine years, despite a slight drop in the number of police officers on the streets.
7:03 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Feds to see big student loan profits

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The Congressional Budget Office says a new law regulating college loan interest rates will mean a federal profit of about $175 billion over the next decade.
A law touted by politicians as their way of keeping money in the pockets of the nation's college students will instead funnel more than $700 million in additional profit into the federal government's wallet over the next 10 years, a new analysis shows.
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Taser use questioned in Michigan prisons

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The state says Tasers are used only once or twice a day statewide. Eight prison guards have been reprimanded for using the devices inappropriately but none have been fired.
Assaults on Michigan corrections officers have fallen since some began carrying Tasers 1½ years ago, but critics question whether the electronic stun guns are being misused. The number of officers assaulted on the job dipped 16%, from 688 in 2010 to 579 last year, according to a review of prison critical incident statistics by the Lansing State Journal.
6:57 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Michigan grows a bumper apple crop

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Industry officials say Michigan will produce about $900 million worth of apples this year.
Michigan apples are back - and in a big way. The U.S. Apple Association said today it expects the state to produce 30 million bushels - welcome news after last year's whacky spring weather devastated 90% of the overall apple crop.

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