10 AM Until 2 AM Saturday

The National Weather Service maintains a WIND ADVISORY for nearly all of West Michigan from 10 AM this morning until 2 AM Saturday morning.  45 mph gusts are likely inland while 50 mph gusts are possible at the Lake Shore.  This kind of wind is capable of bringing down tree branches and creating some power outages.  Obviously, we hope that doesn't happen.  Winds blow from the northwest this morning then from the north by midday and beyond.  Stay with for your weather today and always!

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Michigan gets failing grade on high school graduation rates

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The State of Michigan has received a failing grade when it comes to making sure students graduate.

Federal education data released on Monday shows that Michigan ranks in the bottom third of states when it comes to graduation rates.

In 2012, 76 percent of students picked up diplomas across Michigan, up one percent from 2011. The national average sits at 80 percent.

Newschannel 3 took a close look at the numbers in West Michigan. Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids high schools all fall below the national average, while others like Portage graduated nearly all of its students.

Michigan recently pledged $65 million to early education programs, hoping to improve these rates, a number they would like to double next year.

In Kalamazoo the Promise Me campaign has raised $4.5 million for the next three years to make sure students have the services they need to move on to higher education. The goal is to see every student in the district graduate.