The amount of trash sent to Michigan from other states and Canada continues to decline.
Michigan officials said Friday that the amount of imported waste fell 24% in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. The amount of waste sent to landfills by Michigan businesses and residents fell 13%.
Trash disposal likely has declined overall because of the poor economy and increased recycling. An agreement with Canada to lower trash imports also plays a role.
The Democratic majority in the state House will be down by one for most of this year. Governor Granholm has called a November special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Jackson-area state Representative Mike Simpson.
East Lansing, MI – Students at Michigan State University are working with the American Red Cross to provide relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and to give emotional support to their relatives here.
DETROIT – Drew Miller had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Valtteri Filppula had two assists for the Red Wings. Tom Kostopoulos scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Cam Ward stopped 32 shots.
LANSING, MI – The state of Michigan and a labor union for corrections staff have reached a tentative agreement on contract concessions that the union says gets about $8.2 million in savings from workers.
The state on Thursday announced the deal with the Michigan Corrections Organization. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by union members. The deal would extend the contract one year until Dec. 31, 2011.
LANSING, MI – A state House panel is discussing a plan that would expand the role of a school-reform officer. The position was created in the new "Race To The Top" law, but won't be filled until later this year. That officer will be allowed to take over the curriculums of failing schools.
EAST LANSING, MI – A recent poll shows more support for increasing Michigan's income and sales taxes after those surveyed had a chance to learn more about the state's economic challenges. Public television stations across Michigan--including WKAR-TV--will broadcast a program about the survey Monday night at 9 pm.
Social scientist James Fishkin is the creator of "deliberative" polling. He oversaw the event that is featured in PBS' "Hard Times, Hard Choices."
EAST LANSING, MI – Several of the Michigan State football players suspended from the Alamo Bowl because they were involved in an on-campus fight have been allowed to rejoin the team for some offseason activities.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that he will allow the legal process for those players to take its course. That could affect players' future status.
Seven players, in addition to two permanently kicked off the team, face misdemeanor assault charges related to a Nov. 22 fight with members of a campus fraternity.
EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers scored all but one of his 13 points in the first half and Kalin Lucas had 11 of his 14 in the second, helping No. 7 Michigan State hold off Minnesota for a 60-53 win on Wednesday night.
The Spartans (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) moved into a first-place tie with Illinois in the conference and will host the Fighting Illini on Saturday.
Lawrence Westbrook had 15 points and Damian Johnson scored 14 for the Golden Gophers (12-5, 3-2).
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The founder of a Michigan-based group that runs a school and clinic in Haiti is working to fly an emergency medical team to the island.
Thousands are feared dead after Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake.
The Grand Rapids-based Haiti Foundation Against Poverty runs a 140-student school and women's clinic in the Le Bours district of Port-au-Prince. It's unknown if any students or teachers were hurt or how much damage the buildings sustained.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Legislature is back in session. The state constitution requires the Senate and the House to begin its work for the year at noon on the second Wednesday in January. Much of the focus this year will be on government reform. But, as Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta tells us, "reform" is a word that means different things to different people.
East Lansing, MI – The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year decided he's not ready to leave just yet.
Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones will return for his senior season. Jones, who shared defensive player of the year honors with Penn State's Jared Odrick this year, made the announcement Wednesday in East Lansing.
LANSING, MI – The state Senate Appropriations Committee met Wednesday to discuss what's left of federal stimulus money.
AUDIO: Michigan has received about $7 billion in federal stimulus money. More than half of that has been used to balance the state budget. But a large chunk of stimulus dollars went toward programs that came with many federal strings attached. Republicans in the state Senate have been vocal about wanting Congress to loosen those restrictions.
East Lansing, MI – COMING UP: WKAR's Scott Pohl visited the press preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Thursday on "Morning Edition," hear his interview with David Caldwell of Cadillac about the luxury line's role in helping GM emerge from bankruptcy.
UNIONDALE, NY – Rob Schremp posted his first two-goal game in the NHL, and Dwayne Roloson earned perhaps the easiest shutout of his career in the New York Islanders' 6-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Not even hot goalie Jimmy Howard, who earned three wins out West before the Red Wings reached Long Island to conclude a five-game trip, could bail out the defending Western Conference champions. Detroit is below the playoff cutoff and is in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 1990.
WASHINGTON – The Detroit Pistons finally found a team in worse shape than they are and ended a 13-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 behind Charlie Villanueva's 23 points and nine rebounds Tuesday night.
Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey each scored 19 for the Pistons, who hadn't enjoyed a victory in a month: They beat Golden State on Dec. 12.
Detroit lost by 33 points at Chicago on Monday night, and a defeat against Washington would have tied the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.
Lansing, MI – The U.S. Census is gearing up for its nationwide count this year, and officials are recruiting Lansing-area residents for temporary jobs. About 100 people came to Otto Middle School in Lansing Tuesday night to find out more.
CHICAGO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more DNA from the invasive Asian Carp has been found near Lake Michigan.
Major Gen. John Peabody said Tuesday that carp DNA - but no live fish - was found in the Chicago River near the Wilmette pumping station north of Chicago. He says the sample was taken in October and the Corps received the results last Thursday.
The news comes two months after officials said they found DNA in a shipping channel near Chicago.