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

(MPRN) -- Michigan’s minimum wage went up by 40-cents-an-hour on New Year's Day. It's now $8.90 an hour.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. But Jennifer Fields at the State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says most businesses around the state will have to pay the higher wage.

State lawmakers approved the new minimum wage law in 2014 to head off a petition drive to raise it to $10.10 an hour. This is the third of four increases. Next January the state's wage floor will go to $9.25 per hour, although workers who get tips can still be paid less.

"Police said the driver stabbed the passenger multiple times because he felt the man had disrespected his car. A 23-year-old Uber driver has been charged after he allegedly stabbed a passenger multiple times Saturday because he felt the man disrespected his vehicle. The Bloomfield Township Police Department responded to a 911 call around 1:30 a.m." (Detroit Free Press/Battle Creek Enquirer)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Long-time community leader Loistine "Lois" Jackson died last week at the age of 72. Jackson actively participated in city government for 27 years, playing an integral role in building parks and recreation programming in Kalamazoo. In her private life, Jackson was a champion for the black community and avid volunteer in local organizations." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"COVERT, MI -- When nuclear plants open, they are required to provide for their eventual closing. Entergy Corp., owner of the Palisades nuclear plant in Covert Township near South Haven, had set aside $384.16 million in 2014, according to the most recent report submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2015." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"COVERT, MI-- Citing concern for the economic impact on the community, and the affordability of electric power in Michigan, the governor and a state lawmaker reacted quickly to the news Thursday morning that the company that owns Palisades nuclear plant plans to close the plant in 2018." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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