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Central Michigan University plans to cut 30 vacant staff positions and lay off about 24 staff members amid efforts to balance its budget.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports the update comes as university administrators finalize a balanced fiscal year 2018 budget.

Barry Wilkes, the school's vice president of finance and administration, told faculty and staff in an email this week that there will be 4 percent, or $20 million, in total base budget reductions.

An all-campus budget forum was scheduled for Thursday.

The reward is being increased to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the death of a Central Michigan University freshman last year. Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County said Monday that the increase comes at the Tuesday one-year anniversary of 17-year-old Ryan Tsatsos' death.

Tsatos was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver near the school's Mount Pleasant campus on Nov. 1, 2015. Three new billboards are advertising the increased reward. Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500 and Tsatsos' family is offering $7,500.

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A man who taught journalism at Central Michigan University has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and also admitted that he sexually abused a child three times a week between 1995 and 2002.

Mark Ranzenberger pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Bay City. He faces many years in prison.

In a plea agreement filed in court, he admits sexually abusing a child.

The investigation began when pornographic images were mistakenly displayed in class with Ranzenberger's computer. He was accused of possessing 1,000 images of child porn.

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An 8-year-old Muskegon Heights boy who was born without a left hand has received a superhero-themed prosthetic hand.