UNDATED – Forecasters say occasionally heavy snow, stiff winds and frigid temperatures will greet Michigan residents near lakes Michigan and Superior as 2010 begins.
The National Weather Service says a foot of snow or more could fall by Saturday evening from Charlevoix to Manistee along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the northwest Lower Peninsula. Farther south, more than 8 inches was possible from Ludington to South Haven.
DETROIT – The Michigan Supreme Court is a new place since 2009, when a Democrat who defeated a Republican incumbent set in motion a series of rulings favoring injured people with damage claims and tightening judicial ethics.
One thing that hasn't changed is a bitter ideological split that has led to sharp attacks, ridicule and mockery by justices against their colleagues.
Conservative forces that dominated the court for a decade lost their 4-3 majority after the November 2008 election.
DETROIT – Brett Perlini, Dustin Gazley and Andrew Rowe each had a goal and assist to lead Michigan State to a 6-1 win over RPI on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe Louis Arena.
Chris Forfar, Dean Chelios and Jeff Petry also scored for the Spartans (14-6-2). Drew Palmisano made 19 saves.
MASON, MI – An Ingham County judge has denied a request to block Lansing city council member-elect Tina Houghton from taking office. A Lansing resident had petitioned the court earlier this month claiming Houghton is ineligible to serve on the council due to her delinquent property taxes.
LANSING, MI – Sweeping changes in Michigan education policy will be signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Monday.
The legislation recently passed by the Legislature will allow the state to take over districts that are performing poorly in academics. Charter school operators with good track records will be able to open new locations and the state's dropout age will rise from 16 to 18.
MADISON, WIS – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is joining the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Van Hollen filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The goal is to keep invasive big head and silver carp out of Lake Michigan.
Minnesota and Ohio have also filed a supportive brief.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has issued executive orders combining two more state departments. It's part of a plan to shrink the size of state government during tight budget times.
AUDIO: The governor says the goal is to make state government smaller and more efficient as Michigan struggles economically. The state Department of Internet Technology will be folded into the Department of Management and Budget as of March 21.
ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University in suburban Detroit has been ordered to provide housing for a student whose learning disability prevents him from pursuing a traditional degree.
A school official claimed it would change campus culture. A judge, however, says Oakland is breaking federal law.
Micah Fialka-Feldman filed a lawsuit last year after Oakland said he could live on campus but then denied the request. He attends classes at Oakland but is not in a degree-granting program, typically a condition to live in a dorm.
DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant can leave his mother's home in Flint to prepare for a corruption trial, but there will be no bubbly to celebrate the new year.
A federal judge said Tuesday that Sam Riddle can move to a Detroit apartment. He was forced to leave a Detroit residence last week after being charged with domestic violence against his companion, Mary Waters.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is not satisfied with the leadership on his team, particularly from guard Kalin Lucas.
Izzo told Lucas he was not to practice Tuesday with the No. 11 Spartans (9-3) and should spend the time thinking about his leadership role. Izzo wants Lucas to take more responsibility for leading Michigan State.
Izzo says Lucas is not suspended. But it isn't yet known if the 2008-2009 Big Ten Player of the Year will be in Michigan State's lineup for Wednesday's game against Texas-Arlington.
ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say quarterback Matthew Stafford has undergone successful surgery on his right knee.
Stafford had what the Lions called minor surgery on Tuesday. He was placed on injured reserve last week after a physical exam revealed he wouldn't be ready to play in Sunday's season finale against Chicago.
DETROIT – Brett Perlini had two goals and an assist and Michigan State beat Michigan Tech 10-1 in a semifinal of the Great Lakes Invitational on Tuesday.
Daultan Leveille and Trevor Nill had a goal and two assists each and Zach Josepher, Dustin Gazley and Matt Crandell had a goal and an assist for the Spartans (13-6-2). Corey Tropp, Zach Golembiewski and Nick Sucharski also scored for Michigan State. Drew Palmisano made 28 saves.
LANSING, MI – State environmental regulators have given Consumers Energy permission to build a controversial new coal-fired power plant in Michigan's Thumb region. The new plant will be cleaner-burning than existing plants. But environmental groups say the state should not be approving any new coal plants.
COLUMBUS, OH – Fredrik Modin backhanded in a rebound of his own shot 3:12 into overtime to give Columbus a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, ending the Blue Jackets' franchise-tying nine-game winless streak.
Steve Mason had 34 saves for his second shutout of the year.
Modin carried the puck into the offensive zone and past defenseman Brett Lebda to flick a shot at Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. He stopped the shot, but Modin continued to skate and was able to backhand a shot past a diving Lebda that went behind Howard.
ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota's attorney general is backing the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, saying they threaten her state's commercial and recreational fishing industries.
Lori Swanson filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The high court is expected to consider it Jan. 8.
DEARBORN, MI – An online group composed mainly of Michigan Muslims plans a live rally against the man accused of trying to bring down a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas.
A Facebook group called Dearborn Area Community Members invites local Muslims and others to gather Jan. 8 at U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit. It's scheduled to coincide with a hearing for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Friday.
Lansing, MI – A state senator hopes she can bring attention to sexy text messaging endemic among school-aged children. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer asked the chairmen of a few legislative panels at the state Capitol to hold hearings about the problems children face when they send text and picture messages of a sexual nature.
Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm has extended the current system for funding state parks until April 1. That gives lawmakers more time to come up with a new system that adequately funds state parks, recreation areas, and boat launch sites.
Ingham County faces major budget issues again next year.
The county's budget totals $204,000,000, with the general fund making up $79,000,000 of that. Board of Commissioners chairperson Debbie DeLeon tells WKAR's Scott Pohl that figure already looks to be $2,500,000 too high.