LANSING, MI – For decades, Michigan's community colleges have been centers of vocational education. Now, during a debilitating recession, a collaborative new program promises to expand that role. Participants, which include Lansing Community College, say the Michigan New Jobs Training Program could breathe life into the state's shattered manufacturing economy. But as WKAR's Mark Bashore reports, planners want to avoid the problems of a similar Iowa program.
Detroit, MI – (AP) - Two Boston newspapers are reporting the Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent Rasheed Wallace. Wallace, who played the last six seasons in Detroit, has averaged 15 points and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons and averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds last season in Motown.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A city fund intended to cover emergencies was used for expenses that included a publicist hired by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during the text-message scandal that drove him from office last year.
Records obtained by the Detroit Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the city issued 900 so-called quick checks from the fund to cover routine or questionable expenses.
DETROIT – After losing quite a bit this off season via free agency the Detroit Redwings kept one of their promising young talents; Ville Leino. The twenty-five year old winger signed a two year contract worth $1.6 million to stay in Detroit. Leino in thirteen regular season games had nine points and had two assists in the playoffs for the Western Conference champions.
MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Justin Morneau punctuated a productive series - and celebrated another All-Star game selection - with a two-run homer for the Minnesota Twins in a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Blackburn (7-4) took a shutout into the ninth inning before left fielder Denard Span dropped a line drive for an error and Brandon Inge followed with a two-run home run, his 19th.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Meijer Inc. and a developer have agreed to pay $75,000 to a group that fought their proposed superstore in a rural Michigan community.
Under a deal signed Wednesday, Concerned Citizens of Acme Township agreed not to sue Meijer or the Village at Grand Traverse LLC. Also released from liability were a law firm and a public relations firm that represented the companies.
LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to leave Monday for a trade trip to Germany and Belgium.
It will be the Democrat's eighth overseas trade trip. She plans to talk with leaders of high-tech companies she thinks can help Michigan move toward gaining jobs in green technology and alternative fuels, although her office hasn't provided specifics.
The governor has made previous trade trips to Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden and the Middle East.
EMPIRE, MI – Dozens of dead seagulls are turning up along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and scientists suspect botulism.
In a statement Thursday, lakeshore officials say about 40 gull carcasses and hundreds of dead round gobies have been found this week. The fish are believed to carry botulism and pass it to birds that eat them.
Gobies eat invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which filter botulism and other toxins in the water.
MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts split a doubleheader with the Great Lakes Loons with a 3-1 nightcap victory after losing the opener, 4-2, last night at Dow Diamond. The Lugnuts and Loons finish off their four-game series with a 7:05 p. m. game tonight.
EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has approved a budget bill that includes 400 thousand dollars to keep two Amtrak lines operating in Michigan through the end of September. The lines run between Chicago and Grand Rapids and Chicago and Port Huron.
GRANT TOWNSHIP, MI – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the surviving Grateful Dead are headlining this year's Rothbury Festival now under way in rural western Michigan.
State police tell The Grand Rapids Press incoming traffic was moving smoothly. The festival site is near the village of Rothbury in Oceana County's Grant Township, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
Area residents are taking advantage of the traffic to sell everything from Rothbury T-shirts to yoga pants to the tens of thousands of concertgoers.
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Clerks from Michigan's three largest counties and a state legislator have proposed a plan they say would ensure the ballots of overseas state residents would be properly counted.
Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson said Thursday at a news conference in Sterling Heights that "Operation Our Troops Count" would fix Michigan's "broken" system.
EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed legislation that will allow a regional authority to assume control over downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall convention center. That would clear the way for the authority to raise money to upgrade the facility, so it remains home to the North American International Auto Show.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation aimed at keeping the North American International Auto Show in Michigan beyond 2010, preferably at its current home in Detroit's Cobo Center.
The new laws signed Thursday call for a nearly $300 million expansion of Cobo and the creation of a regional authority to run and renovate the aging building.
LANSING, MI – A Lansing City Council Committee Wednesday raised legal and ethical concerns about a gay sex sting operation conducted by Lansing Police in May. The sting at Fenner Nature Center netted two arrests. But a breakdown in communication between the offices of the City Attorney and the County Prosecutor could mean legal trouble for the city.
EAST LANSING, MI – One Friday each month on Morning Edition from WKAR, author Lev Raphael joins WKAR's Melissa Ingells to discuss a book that might have slipped past the notice of other book reviewers.
Nationally-known author and reviewer Lev Raphael lives and writes in mid-Michigan. Raphael likes to feature books that may not receive a lot of publicity elsewhere, and his choices have ranged from a history of the Roman Republic, to a biography of Napoleon's sister, to a mass market paperback based on a TV series about spies.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars says he wants to name a replacement for fired coach Michael Curry in time for next week's developmental league opening in Las Vegas.
The Pistons' president for basketball operations announced Curry's dismissal Tuesday. The first-year coach led the Pistons to a 39-43 regular-season record and a four-straight-game loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
MIDLAND, MI – The scheduled Wednesday night game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p. m. tonight. The rainout is Lansing's 10th of 2009, leading into the club's ninth doubleheader of the year.