LANSING, MI – The state House is voting on a 30-day temporary budget that would continue current spending levels for 30 days. That would buy lawmakers more time to reach a budget deal with the midnight deadline drawing closer. The Senate would also have to adopt the temporary plan. But GOP leaders want a temporary budget to cut spending.
DETROIT – The Tigers may still be battling to win the AL Central, but officials already are preparing for the possibility of a World Series in Detroit.
Law enforcement personnel were to descend from helicopters into Comerica Park on Tuesday morning as part of an exercise to prepare for a possible championship series.
Officials first delayed the exercise to Wednesday after rain Monday night forced a Tuesday doubleheader between the Tigers and second-place Minnesota Twins. The event later was delayed until an unspecified future date.
LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, work on the budget is progressing slowly with a midnight deadline for getting the job done.
Lawmakers labored into the night, but there is still not a single budget bill ready to be signed by Governor Granholm. The latest holdup is an argument over how much federal stimulus funds the state will tap to help pay for K-12 schools.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House has passed legislation expanding the boundary of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron.
The bill approved Tuesday extends the sanctuary's boundaries to include waters off Alcona, Alpena and Presque Isle counties in Michigan and east to the international boundary with Canada. It expands the area covered by the sanctuary to 3,722 square miles of water and 226 miles of shoreline, up from 448 square miles of water and 115 miles of shoreline.
DETROIT – Justin Verlander kept the Detroit Tigers on top in the AL Central, pitching eight innings in a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night that salvaged a split of their critical doubleheader.
Detroit increased its division lead to two over Minnesota, which won the day game 3-2 in 10 innings, with two games left in the series and five to go in the regular season.
LANSING, MI – It's turning into a long day for lawmakers at the state Capitol. They're working toward finalizing a budget that includes big cuts to local governments, nursing homes and hospitals, and college scholarships. The Legislature is facing a deadline of Wednesday night to get a complete set of budget bills to Governor Granholm's desk.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan House has voted to cut state aid to local libraries by 40%.
Lawmakers have until midnight Wednesday to erase a $2.8 billion shortfall or there may be a partial shutdown of state government.
Aid to local libraries would drop from $10 million to $6 million under a budget bill approved 74-34 Tuesday by the Democratic-led House. The Republican-controlled Senate will vote on the bill next before it heads to Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
LANSING, MI – Lawmakers are preparing for a marathon session to vote on big spending cuts for budgets. The deadline for a budget deal is midnight on Wednesday.
So far the Legislature is sticking to the Republican plan to balance the budget with cuts alone.
Democrats were able to pass a tax increase during the budget crisis in 2007. And Republican House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says he thinks there are closed-door discussions going on for new taxes to fund some programs this year as well.
Lansing, MI – Physicians and hospitals in Mid-Michigan will soon have the option of switching from paper to electronic medical records. Health officials have launched the Capital Area Regional Health Information Organization, called RHIO. Participating health care providers in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties will be able to share health records on a secure computer network.
LANSING, MI – A new study says Michigan needs to strengthen ways that parents are represented in child protection proceedings.
The study is to be released Tuesday by the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. It calls for improving the system by which attorneys are appointed to represent parents, resources available to those attorneys and accountability to both the client and courts.
DETROIT – Sparky Anderson says the reunion of the Detroit Tigers' 1984 championship team is special because the whole squad will never be together again.
The Hall of Fame manager easily drew the loudest cheers at Comerica Park when he was introduced with his former players and staff as they stood on a wet field Monday night before Detroit's scheduled game against the Minnesota Twins was postponed by rain.
Anderson and 1984 World Series MVP Alan Trammell addressed the crowd.
DETROIT – The scheduled game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers has been postponed because of rain.
Locked in a tight race for the AL Central title, the teams were supposed to begin a four-game series Monday night that could decide the division crown. Instead, the opener will be made up Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The first game will start at 12:05 p.m., with the nightcap at 7:05 p.m.
LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero proposed Monday using Federal Recovery bonds to build a new parking ramp for the Accident Fund Insurance Company.
The Accident Fund is renovating the Ottawa Street Power Station for its new headquarters. It was announced earlier this month the company couldn't secure the money needed to build a ramp as part of the $182 million project.
Bernero's plan would require the city to partner with Ingham County to get the estimated $31 million needed to build the ramp.
Lansing, MI – Ingham County health officials are encouraging local businesses to develop or review their plans for staying open if there's a local outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus this fall.
Health officials say employers should first look at which workers may be most at risk for the virus. That includes pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions. Companies may opt to move those employees to less public areas or have them work from home.
LANSING, MI – The Legislature returns to the state Capitol Tuesday. Lawmakers and Governor Granholm have until the stroke of midnight Wednesday to wrap up work on the budget.
AUDIO: House Speaker Andy Dillon says he's confident that disagreements can be settled in the final budgets remaining. They cover Medicaid, human services, higher education, and roads and transportation.
LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate canceled plans to meet into the weekend to try and strike a budget deal. The Legislature will also take off Monday because of the Jewish Yom Kippur religious holiday. But legislative leaders say they're confident they can wrap work on the budget as soon as Tuesday.
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the keynote speaker at a Republican strategy conference on Mackinac Island over the weekend.
Romney, who ran for the Republican nomination for president last year, spent most of his speech criticizing President Obama and his record so far in Washington. But he also expressed concern for Michigan as it weathers a budget crisis.
LANSING, MI – The Legislature is not meeting Monday out of respect for the Jewish Yom Kippur religious observance. But legislative leaders say they're confident they can wrap up work on the state budget for the Wednesday night deadline.
There were no quorums in the House or the Senate for rare Sunday sessions.
FENTON, MI – State officials suspect the deaths of more than 100 deer in southeast Michigan may have been caused by the same disease that killed animals in 2006 and 2008.
The Detroit Free Press reports the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is awaiting results of tests to determine if the deer were suffering from epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, which is spread by gnats and midges.
LANSING, MI – Michigan has lost more than 4,000 police officers and firefighters this decade.
Hundreds more could be lost if the state follows through on its current budget plan for the fiscal year scheduled to start Thursday.
Cuts to tax revenue sharing payments that cities, townships, villages and some counties use to help pay for police, fire and other services appear inevitable as state lawmakers work to erase a projected $2.8 billion budget shortfall.
LANSING, MI – A conference committee in the Michigan Legislature has voted to cut state aid to local libraries by 40 percent.
The vote Sunday afternoon sets the stage for votes in the House and Senate when they return to work Tuesday. Lawmakers have until the end of the day Wednesday to erase a $2.8 billion shortfall or there may be a partial shutdown of state government.
DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams each had a goal and an assist, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 pre-season win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday in a matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions.
Johan Franzen and Ville Leino also scored and Brian Rafalski assisted on all four goals for Detroit, which scored times on the power play. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.
Pascal Dupuis scored for Pittsburgh (1-4-1) and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots.
CHICAGO – Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in his second straight game, rookie Daniel Hudson earned his first major league victory and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 Sunday for their third win in 11 games.
Hudson (1-1) outpitched All-Star Edwin Jackson (13-8) over six solid innings, and Quentin broke it open with a drive to right that capped a four-run eighth and made it 8-2.