JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder followed up on a pledge to see how Michigan prisons are being run, becoming the first
Michigan governor in more than 50 years to tour a state prison.
He visited the Charles E. Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson Friday afternoon.
Snyder spokeswoman Geralyn Lasher says Snyder "wanted to see how a typical day might be" in a state prison.
She says the last governor to tour a prison was G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams, who served from 1949-1960.
According to a release, Snyder expressed his appreciation to the facility's staff for their "constant professionalism in such a challenging work environment."
He was accompanied Friday by state Corrections Director Daniel Heyns.
Snyder mentioned his intention to visit a prison during a March address on public safety.
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She had already survived the Joplin tornado. Now, a woman in Moore, Okla., for work shares her story of survival in a second deadly twister.
As the recovery continues after a deadly tornado tore through Moore Monday, residents are searching for missing pets in the wake of the storm.
The city of Moore, Okla., -- devastated by Monday's tornado outbreak -- is all too familiar with the power of deadly storms. In 1999, an F5 tornado with winds of more than 260 miles-per-hour tore through the Oklahoma City suburb, killing 41 people.