SW Michigan

SW Michigan
11:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

KIA Gets New Executive Director

Belinda Ann Tate
Credit Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will soon have a new executive director. Belinda Ann Tate will take over on September 8th. She replaces former KIA director James Bridenstine, who is retiring after 24 years in the job.

For the last 15 years, Tate has run the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She’s credited with enlarging its collection significantly while increasing student involvement in the gallery.

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7:28 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Kalamazoo Teacher Among Group to be Honored at Baseball All-Star Game

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Mike Sinclair was chosen as one of People Magazine's "All Star Teachers."
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Those who know Mike Sinclair know of his demanding teaching style, but when word reaches his students about his passion for the Detroit Tigers, the ball might be in their court.
6:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Snyder Administration Says Problems With Prison Food Contractor are "Unacceptable"

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Unions representing corrections workers are calling for state to end contract with Aramark
Lansing Two corrections worker unions have stepped up pressure on Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers to dump the states private prison system food contractor over an array of problems, from maggots in food equipment to inappropriate relations with inmates.
6:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

State Senate Majority Leader Calls for Tighter Regulations on Charter Schools

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Randy Richardville says a "better system of checks and balances" is needed after Free Press series on charter schools
State lawmakers can expect to see legislation introduced in the next month or two tightening up the statute regulating charter schools in Michigan. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said Thursday during a taping of the "Off the Record" show on public television that he has asked his staff to begin drafting legislation in the wake of a Free Press special report on the performance and oversight of state charter schools.
6:18 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Binder Park Zoo's Wild Dogs Part of Research Effort to Prevent Extinction

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The World Wildlife Fund lists African Wild Dogs as one of the world's most endangered animals
At the same time they were napping in the morning sun Thursday, Binder Park Zoo's African wild dogs were helping protect their species from extinction. Researchers from James Cook University of Queensland, Australia, are working with multiple organizations to observe African wild dogs in zoos, collect biological samples and prepare a breeding program.