SW Michigan

7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Taser use questioned in Michigan prisons

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The state says Tasers are used only once or twice a day statewide. Eight prison guards have been reprimanded for using the devices inappropriately but none have been fired.
Assaults on Michigan corrections officers have fallen since some began carrying Tasers 1½ years ago, but critics question whether the electronic stun guns are being misused. The number of officers assaulted on the job dipped 16%, from 688 in 2010 to 579 last year, according to a review of prison critical incident statistics by the Lansing State Journal.
6:57 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Michigan grows a bumper apple crop

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Industry officials say Michigan will produce about $900 million worth of apples this year.
Michigan apples are back - and in a big way. The U.S. Apple Association said today it expects the state to produce 30 million bushels - welcome news after last year's whacky spring weather devastated 90% of the overall apple crop.
SW Michigan
6:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Kellogg Community College expands in Albion

KCC's Eastern Academic Center in Albion
Credit Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College has broken ground to expand its Eastern Academic Center in Albion. The college based in Battle Creek says the million-dollar project will help it serve the increasing number of its students who come from the Albion and Marshall areas of Calhoun County.

The new addition will include three classrooms and additional office space.

KCC officials say the expanded EAC is expected to open in January.

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6:47 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Albion College makes Forbes STEM list

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Albion is the only school in Michigan on the list of schools that Forbes says do the best job for women with scientific and engineering majors.
Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., seems like the last place you'd find a great technological discovery. After all, the college campus is in the heart of a rural Pennsylvania borough where you can find "free hitching" for buggies and lots of Old Order Amish shops. But appearances can be deceiving.
1:51 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Senator wants to raise speed limits

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Senator Rick Jones says speed limits should match traffic patterns—and in parts of Michigan that means increasing speeds.
A Republican state senator from Grand Ledge says posted speed limits in Michigan ought to be higher and based on scientific studies, not political opinions. Sen. Rick Jones, former sheriff of Eaton County, said he wants to eliminate costly speed traps for drivers by adjusting speed limits to reflect actual traffic patterns.