LANSING, MI – Michigan's official state Christmas tree has grown for 65 years in the western Upper Peninsula.
The 63-foot spruce will be cut down Wednesday in a neighborhood in Bergland about 30 miles east of Ironwood and 20 miles south of the Porcupine Mountains. The tree will stand in front of the state Capitol in Lansing starting Saturday.
Josh and Amanda Lopac agreed to provide the tree that stands on their side lawn.
It will be lit Nov. 20 at Lansing's Silver Bells in the City celebration.
WASHINGTON, DC – Government investigators say the U.S. government is unlikely to recover all of its investment in General Motors or Chrysler because the companies' value would need to "grow substantially ab ove what they have been in the past."
A Government Accountability Office report released Monday is the latest review to cast doubt on the likelihood that taxpayers will fully recoup more than $80 billion invested in the two U.S. automakers.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm resumes her campaign Monday to convince the public and the Legislature to raise revenue for schools and other services that she says are too crucial to cut. She has stops scheduled in Traverse City and Saginaw.
LANSING, MI – A federal report suggests six of every 10 jobs saved or created by the federal stimulus package in Michigan is tied to education.
The report Monday from the U.S. Department of Education says more than 13,600 Michigan jobs affected by the Recovery Act are in education. Last week the federal government said that about 22,500 jobs in the state had been supported by the stimulus package overall.
The recently released education job numbers were revised downward from an initial report of more than 14,000 last month.
LANSING, MI – A bipartisan group of Lansing insiders has launched an online effort directed at whoever is elected governor next year. The Next Michigan Governor Project is made up of retired political advisors, ex-cabinet officials, lobbyists, and a university president.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers must approve education-system reforms before the end of the year to be eligible for federal school-improvement dollars. The state House Education Committee will take testimony this week from a group that will tell the legislators what the state needs to do to qualify for the money.
DETROIT – UNDATED (AP) - It's an off day for the Detroit Red Wings and the Pistons. The Red Wings play at home tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, while the Pistons will be hosting the Orlando Magic.
KALAMAZOO, MI – On Tuesday, Kalamazoo voters will decide whether to keep a city ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. It prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations. It's being challenged by a group that says gay activists are seeking special rights.
LANSING, MI – Officials with the state Department of Community Health say 16 people in Michigan have died from the H1N1 flu virussince the outbreak began two months ago. Health officials say most of those who died also suffered from underlying health conditions.
Nearly 60,000 cases of flu-like illness have been reported. Close to 400 people have been hospitalized.
East Lansing, MI – Administrators at Michigan State University are proposing sweeping cuts and consolidations, in anticipation of reductions in state funding.
A plan presented to MSU Trustees Friday would see cuts and mergers campus-wide. They include a reduction of Agriculture departments from 13 to 6. Geological studies and veterinary technician programs are among others on the chopping block.
Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm signed the last of the bills Friday that make up the new state budget. The governor made 75 line item vetoes, but could not restore money for cuts she opposed that were forced on her by the Legislature.
LANSING, MI – The state of Michigan has crossed the $10 billion mark in federal stimulus money.
According to Leslee Fritz, director of the Michigan Economic Recovery Office, federal stimulus money has helped Michigan offset the budget deficit. Money has also gone to local governments, and to non-profits.
LANSING, MI – The city of Lansing held an open house last night for the new southside Community Center in the former Harry Hill High School. The city has been talking about putting a community center on the southside for nearly two decades.
City Council President Derrick Quinney was on the search committee that chose the school. He also was in the first graduating class from Harry Hill in 1973. Quinney says the city invested two-point-two million dollars fixing up the building which includes a pool, gym and auditorium.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Patrick O'Sullivan beat Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot in the third round of a shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Henrik Zetterberg on Detroit's final attempt to give the Edmonton Oilers a 6-5 victory Thursday night.
The Red Wings overcame a 5-1 deficit to force overtime.
Zetterberg started the rally midway through the second period, and Jonathan Ericsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves had third-period goals. Darren Helm also scored.
A Michigan State University survey suggests voters may be ready to relax term limits for legislators. The survey of 1,036 Michigan residents over 18 was conducted by the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.
The survey found that most Michigan residents don't know the details of the state's term limits amendment. It limits House members to six years in office and senators to eight years.
LANSING, MI – A new poll on Lansing's Mayor's race puts Incumbent Mayor Virg Bernero in a considerable lead over his challenger, Carol Wood.
The poll was commissioned by political consultant Bill Ballenger for his news letter Inside Michigan Politics. It puts the race in Bernero's favor at 58 to 42 points. Ballenger says Wood hasn't lost the race yet.
MEMPHIS, TN – Richard Hamilton scored 25 points, Ben Gordon added 22, and the Detroit Pistons ran away from the Memphis Grizzlies 96-74 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
The two guards were a combined 17 of 31 from the floor, and that was after Hamilton started the game missing five of his first six shots.
Hamilton left the game after spraining his right ankle on a shot with just under 5 minutes to play. He hit one of the two ensuing free throws, then went straight to the dressing room on the next dead ball.