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2 arrested after road rage incident involving gun


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police arrested two men after a road rage incident Friday morning in Portage.

Someone called the Portage Department of Public Safety around 9:30 a.m., reporting an incident involving two vehicles in the 5200 block of S. Westnedge Ave. The driver of one of the vehicles pointed a hand gun at people inside the other vehicle.

Authorities soon pulled over the suspect vehicle and arrested a 29-year-old Tennessee man for felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. A 22-year-old Kalamazoo man was also arrested, on an outstanding felony warrant. Investigators also recovered a loaded hand gun.

No one was hurt in the incident.


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Alert issued after robbery at Western Michigan


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A campus alert has been issued after an armed robbery at Western Michigan University.

The Kalamazoo school says in a statement posted on its website that no one was injured in the robbery, which took place about 9 p.m. Wednesday between Sangren Hall and Sindecuse Health Center.

The school says two students were approached by two males and one of the males showed a revolver tucked in his pants. The students ran and the suspects fled, taking with them a red and black backpack belonging to one of the students. The suspects are being sought by police.

People are being urged to be cautious and to avoid walking alone. Tips are being sought by the school's Department of Public Safety.


Local students' science projects destroyed in rocket explosion


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several students in the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo were watching the Antares rocket as it exploded on live television Tuesday night.

Grace Brennan says the explosion was a shock, "and we were all just arms around each other, looking at each other, like, 'What just happened?'"

The students had science experiments on the rocket, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

The group started that project, involving tiny shrimp, last year. The experiment was to study muscles and their development in microgravity. It was one of several projects that were supposed to be taken to the International Space Station.

On Monday, the girls went to Wallops Island, Virginia, to see the launch, says Natalie Moyer, "and it was like six minutes and 55 seconds until it was supposed to take off, and [then] it was canceled. So, we were upset by that."

Detroit-to-Chicago rail plan: 110 m.p.h., 10 daily trips


DETROIT (Detroit Free Press) -- A completed high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit could boost round-trip passenger train service between the two cities from the current three daily trips to 10 by 2035 at speeds of 110 m.p.h., according to preliminary planning on the project.

The higher speeds would also cut the 5 hour, 38 minute trip by almost two hours, and reduce 20 minutes from the leg that continues from Detroit to Pontiac, which would see an extra four daily round-trips from the current three.

The information is part of a draft environmental impact statement released last month and discussed Tuesday during a meeting at the new John D. Dingell Transit Center on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, which is set to open in December.

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Police: Victim stabs robber during hold-up


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two teenage suspects are under arrest while another suspect has critical injuries after an attempted robbery in Kalamazoo.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on Lay Boulevard, just west of Race Street.

Police say a group of people tried to rob a 26-year-old man, pistol whipping him in the process.

The victim told officers that he stabbed one of the suspects during the struggle.

A 15-year-old boy later showed up at the hospital with a stab wound to his side. Police say his injuries are life-threatening.

Two other boys, ages 15 and 13, were arrested for the robbery overnight.

The victim has been treated and released from the hospital.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.