LANSING, MI – A new study shows Michigan could begin to lose revenue from cigarette sales if the state increases the tax by 25 cents per pack.
The study was conducted by economists with Western Michigan University. They say if the state keeps raising the tobacco tax it will reach a tipping point where people will cross state lines to buy cheaper cigarettes.
EAST LANSING, MI – The East Lansing city council tonight is expected to become the first local government to approve the creation of an authority to oversee improvements to Michigan Avenue.
AUDIO: Last year, East Lansing joined the city of Lansing and Lansing Township in exploring the creation of the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority. If approved by all three, the authority could pay for improvements to Michigan Avenue with tax increment financing or other methods of funding.
DETROIT – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb have scheduled a press conference Wednesday.
Bobb has conducted a number of audits into the district's muddled finances, spending, benefits eligibility and public safety department since being appointed earlier this year by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Audits released last week revealed the district has been paying $2.1 million per year in health coverage for ineligible dependents, boxes of unused BlackBerry phones and 11 motorcycles.
WASHINGTON – A study by the University of Michigan finds that the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in July noticeably jumped, thanks to the "cash for clunkers" program.
The average mileage for new vehicles went from 21.4 miles per gallon in June to 22.1 in July. That's best one-month mileage improvement university researchers have seen since the Environmental Protection Agency reconfigured mileage estimates in October 2007.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council Monday night heard testimony from about 60 people on an ordinance supporters say would make the city more pedestrian- and biker-friendly.
The Complete Streets ordinance would require the city to develop a plan to increase the number of paths for non-motorized travel. The ordinance was brought to the council through a petition drive. But Councilmember Carol Wood says it's an idea that the council has been working on since 2005.
WASHINGTON – General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic mercury parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing the project just as hundreds of thousands of clunkers are heading to the scrap yard.
Participants in the environmental program tell The Associated Press that the timing of GM's departure could hurt their work to prevent mercury pollution.
ANN ARBOR – Michigan assistant athletic director Scott Draper says the school's new indoor football facility is the tallest of its kind in the country.
Draper provided a tour Monday of the 104,000-plus square foot building that is as high as 85 feet from artificial turf to the nearest obstruction. Meanwhile, the Wolverines went through their first practice on adjacent fields outdoors.
BOSTON – Nick Green hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and one of Boston's three homers, and the Red Sox ended their three-game power outage and six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
The Red Sox, which scored just two runs in the final three games of a four-game sweep by the Yankees in New York, squandered a 5-3 lead when Manny Delcarmen allowed two runs in the seventh. They went back in front in the bottom of the inning on singles by J.D. Drew and Casey Kotchman and Green's sacrifice fly.
JACKSON, MI – A Northwest Community Schools official expects heavy damage to a middle school roof outside Jackson to be repaired before the start of the school year.
Tom Goodwin, the district's director of operations, maintenance and transportation, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that parts of the roof covering the Kidder Middle School's tech lab and curriculum office were lifted off during storms Sunday night and a corner of roof covering the gymnasium was peeled back.
LANSING, MI – About 800 Lansing autoworkers return to their jobs today after an extended layoff.
A prolonged period of weak Cadillac sales has kept General Motors' Grand River assembly plant idle since late June. But GM Lansing spokeswoman Heidi Magyar says a popular federal incentive is raising the demand for cars.
LANSING, MI – A report to be released today by a legislative budget office says Michigan's July tax revenues came in $50 million below expectations. That compounds the problems facing Governor Granholm and the Legislature as they try to balance the budget.
State officials adjusted their expectations in May, but they still weren't sufficiently pessimistic.