Battle Creek http://michiganradio.org en Food trucks will soon roll into downtown Battle Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/food-trucks-will-soon-roll-downtown-battle-creek <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Battle Creek is the latest Michigan city to welcome food trucks to its downtown.</span></p><p></p><p>The city commission voted last night to lift a longtime ban on food trucks. &nbsp;Starting later this month, the city will start handing out permits to up to seven food truck vendors to set up shop in a specific zone in downtown Battle Creek. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Supporters say food trucks will add much-needed vitality and variety to Battle Creek’s downtown.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18233 at http://michiganradio.org Food trucks will soon roll into downtown Battle Creek Military drones to be protested in Battle Creek Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/military-drones-be-protested-battle-creek-saturday <p>Peace activists plan to rally against the nation’s military drone program outside the gates of the<a href="http://www.110aw.ang.af.mil/index.asp"> Battle Creek Air National Guard base</a> on Saturday.</p><p>Just this week, a pair of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/12/321353619/u-s-drones-kill-13-suspected-militants-in-pakistan">U.S. drone attacks</a> killed sixteen people in Pakistan.&nbsp; It’s the first attacks this year.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:42:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 17985 at http://michiganradio.org Military drones to be protested in Battle Creek Saturday Is there room in downtown Battle Creek for food trucks? http://michiganradio.org/post/there-room-downtown-battle-creek-food-trucks <p>A drive to allow food trucks in downtown Battle Creek is running into stiff opposition from downtown business owners.</p><p></p><p>The proposal calls for allowing up to seven food trucks into the downtown business district.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say food trucks would add vitality to downtown.</p><p></p><p>But business owners say there are already too many empty storefronts downtown.</p><p></p><p>“Just common sense tells me that our first priority should be to fill those store fronts,” says businesswoman Marianne Angelo.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 19:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17897 at http://michiganradio.org Is there room in downtown Battle Creek for food trucks? Lower mortgage interest rates offered in 8 Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/lower-mortgage-interest-rates-offered-8-michigan-cities <p>LANSING – Michigan is helping provide lower interest rates to first-time homebuyers in eight cities.<br /><br />About 300 individual or families in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, and Jackson can take advantage of a program announced Friday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First-time homebuyers who meet eligibility requirements can get a 3.125% mortgage interest rate without down payment assistance. If they need help with their down payment, the interest rate is 3.625%.</span></p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to increase home sales in five cities hit hard by blight and three other cities needing a boost.<br /><br />Michigan State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Scott Woosley says most of Michigan's real estate market has bounced back, but some areas are still experiencing significant sales declines.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:03:36 +0000 The Associated Press 17733 at http://michiganradio.org Lower mortgage interest rates offered in 8 Michigan cities Improving cybersecurity in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-cybersecurity-michigan <p>Improving cyber security across Michigan is the goal of a new training center that opened today in Battle Creek.</p><p></p><p>The&nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.merit.edu/cyberrange/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Cyber Range</a>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will mainly train National Guardsmen to identify </span>cyberattacks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p>But it will also provide training for civilians.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:34:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 16971 at http://michiganradio.org Improving cybersecurity in Michigan Defense budget proposal may affect Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-budget-proposal-may-affect-michigan <p>Michigan may stand to gain and lose in the proposed U.S. Department of Defense budget plans.</p><p></p><p>The budget plan <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/282123650/hagel-proposes-cuts-to-size-and-spending-of-armed-forces">Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel</a> laid out yesterday cuts spending on what’s seen as old Cold War hardware and spends more money on "21st&nbsp;century weapons".</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16586 at http://michiganradio.org Defense budget proposal may affect Michigan Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-homeless-shelter-giving-thanks-communitys-response <p>The people who run a homeless shelter in Battle Creek are giving thanks for the way the community has responded to their need this Thanksgiving.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.thehavenbc.org">Haven of Rest</a> shelter was among the hundreds of thousands of utility customers that lost power for several days earlier this month, after a severe windstorm blew through the state.</p><p>Without electricity, days-worth of meat and produce spoiled in the shelter’s refrigerators.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15459 at http://michiganradio.org Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response Cereal maker Kellogg Co. to cut global workforce http://michiganradio.org/post/cereal-maker-kellogg-co-cut-global-workforce <p><strong><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Update 10:11 a.m.</span></strong></p><p>A Kellogg Co. spokesperson said it's too early to tell how these cuts will affect the workforce in Michigan.</p><p>The cuts are coming as part of a "global efficiency and effectiveness program" called "Project K."</p><p>Kris Charles of Kellogg sent us this statement:</p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Project K is a significant, four-year, global program that will reshape our cost structure and serve as a catalyst for our growth strategy.&nbsp; The likely outcome of this global initiative is that by the end of 2017, we estimate that Kellogg will have approximately 7 percent fewer employees worldwide than we do today.&nbsp; We aren’t disclosing further specifics about Project K, however, this isn’t a one-size-fits all initiative.&nbsp; Each of Kellogg Company’s geographic regions and functions will implement the initiatives that make the most sense to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.&nbsp;It’s too early to estimate potential impacts in Michigan or the Battle Creek area at this time."</span></em></p><p><strong><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">9:19 a.m.</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Kellogg says it will trim its global workforce by 7 percent as part of a cost-cutting plan, with the cereal maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.</span></p><p>The company called the changes "a<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Lucida, 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;global four-year efficiency and effectiveness program" in their <a href="http://newsroom.kelloggcompany.com/http-investor-kelloggs-com-investor-relations-news-releases-news-release-details-2013-Kellogg-Company-Announces-Third-Quarter-Results-and-New-Global-Program-Designed-to-Drive-Growth-and-Efficiency-default-aspx">press release</a>.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The maker of Frosted Flakes and Eggo waffles said it expects earnings per share for the year to be toward the lower end of its previous forecast.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The workforce reductions will take place by 2017.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">For the quarter, Kellogg Co. says it earned $326 million, or 90 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned 95 cents per share, which was above the 89 cents per share Wall Street expected.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">A year ago, the company earned $318 million, or 89 cents per share.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Revenue slipped to $3.72 billion and was short of the $3.73 billion analysts expected.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody&nbsp;will have more on how the cuts could affect workers here in Michigan. The company is headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:11:19 +0000 Mark Brush, The Associated Press & Steve Carmody 15111 at http://michiganradio.org Cereal maker Kellogg Co. to cut global workforce In this morning's news: Common Core hearings, limits on public employee benefits, the Heritage Tower http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-common-core-hearings-limits-public-employee-benefits-heritage-tower <p><strong>Common Core hearings</strong></p><p>A state House panel began a<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/common-core-standards-debate"> series of hearings about the Common Core State Standards </a>yesterday. Republican Representative Tom McMillin says the standards take away local control and were developed and adopted without public input. Committee Chair Tim Kelly says the panel should make its recommendation on Common Core in September, Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Legislation to limit public employee benefits</strong></p><p>There’s legislation in Lansing that would allow local ballot drives to cap public employee benefits. Leon Drolet, head of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, says the ballot campaigns would act as a safeguard against cozy relationships between public employee unions and local elected officials who bargain with them. Unions say the bill is not necessary because local officials are already accountable to voters, Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Reviving Battle Creek's Heritage Tower</strong></p><p>Battle Creek city commissioners voted last night to create a special tax district in hopes of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-looks-use-special-tax-district-revitalize-downtown-landmark">reviving an iconic downtown building</a>. The Heritage Tower is an 82-year-old art deco building and the upper floors of the former bank building have been condemned. Ken Tsuchiyama, Battle Creek’s city manager, fears the building may have to be demolished unless the new owner can revitalize it.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:45:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13570 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Common Core hearings, limits on public employee benefits, the Heritage Tower Battle Creek looks to use special tax district to revitalize a downtown landmark http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-looks-use-special-tax-district-revitalize-downtown-landmark <p>An historic landmark in downtown Battle Creek may be rehabilitated.&nbsp;The art deco Heritage Tower was built between 1930 and 1931 to house Battle Creek’s oldest bank.</p><p>Over the decades, the building has changed owners and names.&nbsp;In recent years, the building has fallen into disrepair. Its upper floors have been condemned, and it no longer has tenants.</p><p>A Grand Rapids company bought the tower earlier this year.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 04:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13569 at http://michiganradio.org Battle Creek looks to use special tax district to revitalize a downtown landmark An alternative school in Battle Creek will come under Marshall schools oversight later this month http://michiganradio.org/post/alternative-school-battle-creek-will-come-under-marshall-schools-oversight-later-month <p>An alternative school for at-risk kids in Battle Creek has found a new school district to oversee its academic program. .</p><p></p><p>Marshall Schools was the only district to apply to take over the academic program at the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy.</p><p></p><p>The alternative school program has operated for 14 years at the National Guard base in Battle Creek. The academy serves about 250 at-risk young people from across Michigan annually.</p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:39:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13385 at http://michiganradio.org An alternative school in Battle Creek will come under Marshall schools oversight later this month Federal budget sequestration cuts affect Battle Creek airshow http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-budget-sequestration-cuts-affect-battle-creek-airshow <p>The effect of the federal budget sequestration can be seen this week at a popular air show in Battle Creek.</p><p></p><p>Or more accurately, won’t be seen.</p><p></p><p>Since the late 1980’s, the Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon festival in Battle Creek has featured high performance military aircraft. &nbsp;Not this year.</p><p></p><p>The federal budget sequestration has grounded a lot of the aircraft the U-S military routinely sends to airshows.</p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13384 at http://michiganradio.org Federal budget sequestration cuts affect Battle Creek airshow Pipe organ festival hits Kalamazoo and Battle Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/pipe-organ-festival-hits-kalamazoo-and-battle-creek <p>If you can’t get enough of the soaring sounds of pipe organs, you’re in for a treat.</p><p>Starting Sunday and lasting through July 3, organists from five states will be attending and playing in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek for the Great Lakes regional convention of the American guild of organists called the Great Lakes Swell Organs.</p><p>Brooks Grantier, secretary of the program committee for the group, joined us today to tell us all about the festival.</p><p>For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://agokalamazoo.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://agokalamazoo.org/</a></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:12:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 13280 at http://michiganradio.org Pipe organ festival hits Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Closings of Michigan airport control towers delayed http://michiganradio.org/post/closings-michigan-airport-control-towers-delayed <p>DETROIT (AP) - The closings of three air traffic control towers in Michigan are among 149 nationwide that will be delayed.<br><br>The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it needs more time to deal with legal challenges to the closures announced because of government-wide spending cuts.<br><br>The planned tower shutdowns include those at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Coleman A. Young in Detroit and Sawyer International in Marquette County's Sands Township.<br> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12034 at http://michiganradio.org Japanese auto supplier set to invest $150 million in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/japanese-auto-supplier-set-invest-150-million-michigan <p>Japanese auto supplier Denso has announced a four-year, $1 billion expansion in North America, including a $150 million investment in Michigan.</p><p>According to plans revealed at the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday, the auto supplier could hire a combined 400 new workers at its technical center in Southfield and manufacturing plant in Battle Creek.</p><p>Nathan Borney of the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130115/BUSINESS03/130115018/Expansion-by-Japanese-supplier-Denso-could-add-400-jobs-Michigan">has more</a>:</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:12:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10779 at http://michiganradio.org Japanese auto supplier set to invest $150 million in Michigan Kellogg pays fine for violating Clean Air Act http://michiganradio.org/post/kellogg-pays-fine-violating-clean-air-act <p>Battle Creek-based cereal maker Kellogg has agreed to pay a big fine for violating the federal Clean Air act.</p><p></p><p>The violations occurred at Kellogg plants in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. &nbsp;&nbsp;The government cited the cereal maker for operating without necessary permits and exceeding federal emission levels.</p><p></p><p>Some of the violations date back to 1993.&nbsp; The most recent violation took place in 2007.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:22:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 9630 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg's Mini-Wheat recall comes after cutbacks, company reinvesting in supply chain http://michiganradio.org/post/kelloggs-mini-wheat-recall-comes-after-cutbacks-company-reinvesting-supply-chain <p>Three days ago, Battle Creek cereal maker Kellogg's announced a voluntary recall of Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats.</p><p>From <a href="http://community.kelloggs.com/kelloggs/topics/voluntary_recall_of_select_packages_of_frosted_mini_wheats_bite_size_original_and_mini_wheats_unfrosted_bite_size-686lj">Kellogg's</a>:</p><blockquote><p>We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.</p></blockquote><p>You can see a list of UPC codes on the <a href="http://community.kelloggs.com/kelloggs/topics/voluntary_recall_of_select_packages_of_frosted_mini_wheats_bite_size_original_and_mini_wheats_unfrosted_bite_size-686lj">Kellogg's website</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578048752257118008.html?mod=WSJ_qtoverview_wsjlatest">Wall Street Journal</a> reports on how much the recall will cost the company:</p><blockquote><p><span class="companyRollover link11unvisited">Kellogg</span> Co. <span data-change="0.28" data-changepercent="0.5444293214077387" data-company-name="Kellogg Co." data-country="US" data-datetime="Oct 11, 2012 10:27 AM " data-exchange-iso="XNYS" data-iso="$" data-offset="-4" data-pc="51.430" data-price="51.71" data-ticker="K" data-ticker-name="K" data-volume="197252.00" data-widget="dj.ticker" id="0.027807627792246326"><span class="tkrQuote tkrPositive"><span class="tkrName">K</span>&nbsp;<span class="tkrChange">+0.54%</span></span></span> said Wednesday it would take a charge of up to $30 million to cover the recall of Mini-Wheats cereal in the U.S. due to possible contamination by pieces of metal mesh.</p><p>Retailers have been contacted about the recall of 2.8 million packages of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite-Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size, which are being pulled from store shelves. Kellogg blamed the contamination on "a faulty manufacturing part," and said no injuries had been reported.</p></blockquote><p>The WSJ reports the metal mesh problem comes after the company went through another recall in 2010 for a variety of cereals.</p><p>The paper reports the company is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fix its supply chain, "which suffered deep cost cuts, leaving several manufacturing facilities overworked and too few people overseeing operations." Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:46:29 +0000 Mark Brush 9457 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg's Mini-Wheat recall comes after cutbacks, company reinvesting in supply chain Student-led march protests stereotyping of Battle Creek Central http://michiganradio.org/post/student-led-march-protests-stereotyping-battle-creek-central <p>A student-led march in downtown Battle Creek this morning protested recent violence and attempts to blame the violence on Battle Creek Central High School.</p><p>Over 2,000 marchers from across Calhoun County took to the streets in support of Battle Creek Central.</p><p>From the Battle Creek Enquirer:</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:24:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9385 at http://michiganradio.org Student-led march protests stereotyping of Battle Creek Central Michigan cities continue to lose population http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cities-continue-lose-population <p>Michigan cities continue to see their populations shrink.Where&rsquo;s everyone going?&nbsp; Texas, it seems.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/index.html">U.S. Census</a> is out with new numbers today that show population shifts in the nation&rsquo;s 715 largest cities. And the data is not good for Michigan.</p><p>Seven Michigan cities ranked at the bottom of the list of the nation&rsquo;s cities with more than 50,000 residents.</p><p>According to the report, Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia, Westland and Taylor all saw their populations drop 1 percent from 2010 to 2011.</p><p>Flint, Battle Creek and Saginaw also posted sharp population declines.</p><p>These latest population losses come after Michigan posted a slight population decline between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Texas had eight of the top 15 fastest-growing cities during the past year, according to the U.S. Census.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:26:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 8068 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan cities continue to lose population Park reopens nearly two years after oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/park-reopens-nearly-two-years-after-oil-spill <p>Life is slowly returning to normal along the Kalamazoo River nearly two years after a broken pipeline dumped more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil into the river.</p><p>Today,&nbsp; a Calhoun County park that has been closed since the oil spill officially reopened to the public. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:39:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 7720 at http://michiganradio.org Park reopens nearly two years after oil spill