Local news produced by our reporters here at WMUK

J Pat Carter / AP Photo

This year’s cold, wet, late spring might yet pay off in fruit. Michigan State University Extension educator Mark Longstroth says by the time Southwest Michigan’s various fruit plants started growing in May, they’d avoided the danger of spring frost. The season looks promising for many crops.

Sehvilla A Mann / WMUK

(Update: Saturday, June 16, at 8:30 p.m.) The City of Battle Creek has lifted the drinking water advisory. City officials say 52 samples taken in various parts of the city found only four that had levels of manganese above those set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The say the four that were higher came from the Verona wellfield from sources that do not feed directly into the city's water supply.  

Jordan Strauss/Invision / AP Photo

The Incredibles was one of the biggest movie hits of the 2000's and is widely considered one of the best animitated movies in recent years. WMUK's James Sanford says its sequel - Incredibles 2 - is a worthy successor.


Laura Chang’s journey to becoming Michigan’s next Teacher Of The Year began in Vicksburg. She did her teaching internship at Sunset Lake Elementary 18 years ago. Since then, she’s been an instructional consultant, developed literacy programs and taught graduate level college courses.

Western Michigan University/Zhang Legacy Collections

This "Why's That?" story originally aired in December 2017.

Some terms inevitably evoke the past. Think "orphanage" or "asylum," or perhaps "poor house." If that sounds like something you would find in nineteenth-century England, you don’t have to go either that far back or that far away. Many Michigan counties once had some kind of government-run residence for people in need. Kalamazoo had not just a poor house, but a “poor farm” on land that is now a county park.