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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7:37 am
Mon April 1, 2013

FBI says "no thanks" to BC police probe request

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The state Attorney General's Office and MIchigan State Police officials have also declined requests to look into the issue.
The FBI isn't ready to investigate the Battle Creek Police Department, the city said Saturday. Following allegations by a city commissioner of poor management and illegal activities, Police Chief Jackie Hampton said Thursday he requested an investigation by the FBI of the department. But City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama confirmed Saturday that that agency has declined the request.
7:33 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Palisades nuclear safety forum Tuesday

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The forum will be held at the Beach Haven Event Center in South Haven. NRC officials say the plant is operating safely but critics think it is too old and should be shut down.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting April 2 to talk about the safety performance of Palisades nuclear power plant in 2012. Representatives of Entergy Nuclear Operations, which operates the plant in Covert Township, also will attend. The meeting, which will be open to the public, is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
7:28 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Michigan farmers hope for a better year

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The state's agricultural industry lost an estimated $500 million last year because of bad weather.
Farmers across the state said they are optimistic about a fruitful growing season after the massive losses incurred last year by the erratic weather."We couldn't do any worse than last year," said Norm Holtz, who grows everything from tomatoes and strawberries to potatoes and pumpkins on the family's 60-acre farm in Ida.
7:23 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Long-time Portage mayor Engel Corstange dies

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Funeral services for Corstange will be held Tuesday after a private visitation for family and friends on Monday.
PORTAGE, MI - During his 65 years in Portage, Engel Corstange was a fixture. He taught industrial arts at Portage Public Schools, worked as a building contractor, regularly attended First Reformed Church and served as mayor of Portage for 12 years, from 1973 to 1985. On Wednesday, Corstange died at the age of 89.
7:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Federal sequester cuts hit Kalamazoo

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The final decision on allocation of Community Development Block Grant money will be up to Kalamazoo City commissioners.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Several Kalamazoo-area organizations will have to make do with less this year, as the sequester forces a 5 percent drop in federal funding. Laura Lam, deputy director of the city's community planning and development department, said city staff focused the funds on four areas of the city's consolidated plan that need improvement: youth education and mentoring, homeownership, streetscape enhancements and business and job development.

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