Battle Creek Enquirer

6:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Local committee wants fracking ban on the 2014 ballot

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Members of the Committee to Ban Michigan Fracking say the process—injecting types of shale with a chemical to release natural gas—pollutes the environment. The group will hold two events on Saturday. One in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park from 1 to 2 p.m. and another in Hastings that night from 7 to 8:30.
As the possibility of fracking moves closer to the Battle Creek area, so too are efforts to stop it. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling a horizontal well and injecting specific types of shale with a chemical mix to better release the natural gas within.
4:51 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

W.K. Kellogg control tower to escape shutdown

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The city of Battle Creek has entered into a contract with the private company Midwest Air Traffic Control until the next fiscal year. City officials hope federal funding will be restored by then.
Battle Creek tower saved from sequester shutdown The city of Battle Creek plans to enter into a contract with a private air controller organization to keep the control tower open at W.K. Kellogg Airport. A link to this page will be included in your message.
7:55 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Binder Park Zoo helps preserve endangered Mexican gray wolves

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Through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan program, Binder Park Zoo collected genetic material from the gray wolves for future breeding.
Future generations of Mexican gray wolves will be able to thank Binder Park Zoo for their existence.
2:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Calhoun county ranks low in health

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A health study released today ranks Calhoun County near the bottom. Calhoun County placed 78th out of the 82 Michigan counties. Allegan County was ranked the healthiest in our area, at 11th. Most of the Southwest Michigan counties fell between 40th and 60th place. Kalamazoo came in 46th in the health study.
The health of Calhoun County could use a booster shot, if a new study's numbers are accurate. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a study today that ranked each county in the nation.
6:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

State tests show achievement gaps are widening

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The 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests show the achievement gap in the state is widening. The average achievement gap is up two points from last year. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports some of the largest gaps were in schools with high proficiency overall.
Area schools saw slight improvements in math and reading on this year's state tests for elementary and middle-school students, but the story wasn't the same for every child. The fall 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests showed schools still struggle to help minority and low-income students perform as well as other kids.