SAGINAW, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials says a second series of tests on samples collected from the Midland, Saginaw and Bay City water systems show no contamination by highly toxic dioxins or furans.
The tests were conducted in response to residents' concerns about how drinking water might be affected by sediment stirred up by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigational dredging project in the Saginaw River.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's drivers may soon not have to worry about annual fees for too many points on their licenses. A bill that would repeal a law that fines drivers for their points passed easily Wednesday through a state House committee.
The driver responsibility law has been around since 2003, but lawmakers have agreed for the past few years that the law does not reduce bad driving.
James Walker is with the National Motorists Association.
Governor Granholm will sign an executive order early next month merging two more state departments. The governor's says she will combine the Departments of Information Technology with the Department of Management and Budget.
The governor is trying to make the case that she is making government smaller and more efficient at the same time she battles legislative Republicans over revenue to restore some budget cuts.
ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit fans may be denied yet another chance to watch the Lions on television.
Team spokesman Bill Keenist says that as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 tickets remained available for Sunday's game against Cleveland at Ford Field.
If the game isn't sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday - or 1 p.m. Friday, if the NFL grants an extension - the matchup of 1-8 teams will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, TV markets.
State lawmakers are running short on time to approve several education-reform bills to make Michigan eligible for a half-billion dollars from the federal government. The Legislature is expected to meet for two weeks in December before the winter holiday break. The deadline to compete for the schools-reform money is mid-January. Chuck Wilbur is the governor's education advisor. He told lawmakers that the money is important, but the reforms should happen no matter what.
Michigan's jobless rate dipped slightly in October. The state's new unemployment rate of 15.1% is a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from the September number.
Michigan saw a net gain of 39,000 jobs in October, mostly in construction and health care. Governor Granholm says she's pleased by the uptick in jobs, however slight, but adds that people should not read too much into the jobless numbers that have hovered at around 15% since June.
East Lansing, MI – The national jobless rate went up last month, but Michigan's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October.
Michigan's rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point in October. At the same time, the national rate hit 10.2 percent. But Michigan's new jobless rate of 15.1 percent is still significant. The state has had the nation's highest jobless rate for most of the past four years.
EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:02 left, made two at the line with 5.7 seconds to go and finished with 21 points to help No. 2 Michigan State rally for a 75-71 win over Gonzaga on Tuesday night.
The Spartans (2-0) won their 41st straight game at home against a nonconference team, extending a streak that started after a lost to Duke on Dec. 3, 2003.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his team's sixth win had special significance, but not as much as a seventh win would.
After rallying from an 11-point deficit this past weekend to beat Purdue 40-37 and become bowl eligible, the Spartans (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten) can take a major step on Saturday with a triumph over Penn State (9-2, 7-2).
LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Around 30 governmental, educational and civic figures sat down Tuesday in Lansing to talk about race and ethnicity.
AUDIO: Lansing's Foster Community Center was the site of Tuesday afternoon's "root beer summit." Harold Core is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which helped organize about a dozen such gatherings around the state. He says regional economic development in Michigan means creating a diverse workforce.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Film Office says 82 projects have been filmed in the state since April 2008, when it introduced tax incentives that are among the nation's most generous.
Spokesman Ken Droz from the film office said Tuesday that 47 of those projects are from 2009. The TV pilots, documentaries, reality projects and feature films and represent a total expenditure of $216 million so far this year.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will begin a tour of college campuses later this week. She is urging students to pressure legislative Republicans to support funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship.
The tobacco settlement money that used to fund the scholarships was diverted to fill budget holes over the objections of Governor Granholm and other Democrats.
LANSING, MI – The state Department of Corrections says taxpayers would save more than $100 million a year if prisoners were paroled earlier for good behavior.
A House panel is discussing a set of bills that would allow prisoners to collect good-behavior credits to reduce their minimum-sentences. Many prosecutors say that would be unfair to victims who find peace-of-mind in violent offenders serving the entire sentences given to them.
A state board has approved tax credits to help ensure that General Motors keeps its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Company officials told the Michigan Economic Growth Authority that without the tax break, the company might have to move its headquarters out of the city. The deal calls for GM to keep at least 2,500 of the four thousand workers employed at its world headquarters.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will visit Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday as part of her campaign to get the Legislature to vote for new revenue. She says the state is cutting too deeply into funding for K-12 schools and college scholarships.
ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't sure how many players his team will be missing Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Several Lions players were injured in a 27-10 loss to Minnesota, but he only had a definitive status on defensive back Jack Williams on Monday afternoon. Williams suffered a "significant" knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, and will be placed on injured reserve.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State's men's basketball team squares off against Gonzaga tonight as one of the featured matchups in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It'll be a game between two of the most successful basketball programs of the last decade. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Bulldogs since the epic triple-overtime showdown at the 2005 Maui Invitational. Game time is 8 p. m. at Breslin Center.
LANSING, MI – Fifty-five of 100 state troopers laid off this summer were back at work Monday. The Legislature budgeted money to rehire the troopers last month. But Governor Granholm delayed re-hiring the troopers. Granholm said she didn't want to restore the jobs if the troopers would be laid off again if there are more budget cuts in January.
Shanon Banner is with the Michigan State Police department.