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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3:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Bed bugs force Kalamazoo branch library to close

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The offending books were destroyed. Library officials say it isn't known when the Washington Square branch will re-open.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Bed bugs hiding in book bindings have caused Kalamazoo Public Library's Washington Square Branch to close on Monday. "We received a couple of books in the drop box and during a routine inspection, bed bugs were found," said Farrell Howe, a library spokesperson.
2:21 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Oshtemo medical marijuana dispensary closes

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The dispensary's owner says he's closing for now on the advice of his lawyer after a ruling Friday by the Michigan Supreme Court.
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- The Med Joint Community Compassion Center in Kalamazoo County's Oshtemo Township has closed, at least temporarily, founder Kevin Spitler said Friday. "As far as I am aware that doesn't constitute a sale, so this doesn't change anything back from when the court of appeals said the same thing," Spitler said earlier.
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1:19 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Kalamazoo group targets human trafficking

Bus in New Mexico promotes national trafficking hotline
Credit The Associated Press

Federal officials say more than 100,000 women and children fall victim to human traffickers in the U.S. each year. They’re often forced into prostitution or other sex work, or other jobs, against their will. A Kalamazoo woman hopes to make a dent in that modern form of slavery, at least in southwest Michigan.

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4:45 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

House speaker nixes abortion ultrasound bill in Michigan

Ultrasound exam in Ashland, OH (file photo)
Credit The Associated Press

State House speaker Jase Bolger says his chamber will not approve any bill that would require women seeking an abortion to get trans-vaginal ultrasounds. The Marshall Republican’s announcement this afternoon followed national media attention to a bill introduced by another lawmaker that would require the exams. Similar proposals in other states have been very controversial.

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11:44 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Detroit becomes a focus of urban redevelopment

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Redevelopment efforts in the Motor City still depend heavily on federal tax credits administered by the Department of the Interior.
Posted to MichiganNow.org on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 INTRO: Detroit could become a laboratory for urban revitalization in America. So said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on a recent visit from Washington. Michigan Now's Chris McCarus reports on why Salazar came and how Detroit teeters between revival and destruction.

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