LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate met until past midnight before beginning a two-week summer break. Much of the day and the evening were spent debating the budget. Nothing was resolved, and the discussions mostly outlined the stark differences in how Republicans and Democrats would address the state's budget crisis.
LANSING, MI – The Legislature capped months of wrangling over the future of Detroit's Cobo Hall by sending a compromise plan to Governor Granholm. Supporters say the plan is critical to keeping the prestigious North American International Auto show in Michigan. AUDIO:
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing Lugnuts grabbed a 6-5 victory over the Dayton Dragons Thursday night at Oldsmobile Park. The two teams play the second game in their four-game series at 7:05 tonight in Lansing.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Magglio Ordonez ended a career-long, 40-game drought without a home run by connecting for the go-ahead shot, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Chicago Cubs 6-5 for their seventh straight victory.
Ordonez connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The AL Central leaders held on to complete the sweep, and matched their longest winning streak of the season.
LANSING, MI – The state Legislature wrapped late night budget discussions by sending disputes to House and Senate conference committees. That set up the next stage of negotiations between Governor Granholm and legislative leaders while the Legislature takes a two week summer break.
Lawmakers will reconvene in mid-July to debate cuts to Medicaid and K-12 schools, and the elimination of Michigan Promise college scholarships.
HADLEY, MI – Severe thunderstorms have moved out of southeast Michigan, but high winds that toppled trees and power lines left some 100,000 electrical customers without service.
The National Weather Service canceled severe thunderstorm warnings for a half-dozen counties in the region after several hours Thursday afternoon. Tornado warnings were briefly in effect for Lapeer and Monroe counties, although forecasters did not confirm any tornadoes had touched down.
LANSING, MI – The state Legislature is expected to work into Thursday night to move budget discussions forward before the House and Senate break for two weeks.
Legislative leaders set a goal of July to reach consensus on budget discussions. That won't happen. The House and Senate are working to meet in conference committees during the break, which begins next week. Budget disputes include cuts to K-12 schools, Medicaid and financial aid, as well as the elimination of Michigan Promise college scholarships.
UNDATED – The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 10 p.m. tonight for the entire WKAR listening area. Large hail, dangerous lightning, and damaging thunderstorm winds are possible. Stay tuned to 90.5 WKAR for further updates and possible warnings.
Lansing, MI – Auto industry analysts in Michigan are predicting stronger vehicle sales for the month of June. But that news may be tempered by how consumers respond to General Motors' bankruptcy restructuring.
AUDIO: Sean McAlinden is the chief economist with the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. He says between January and May, General Motors reduced its inventory by more than half clearing the way for a burst of production this summer.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - The four-day Detroit Windsor International Film Festival takes place this week.
The festival begins Thursday and features events in Detroit and across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. Highlights include a Friday showing of "Dear Mr. Fidrych," a coming-of-age story set in Detroit in 1976.
The film features a performance by Mark Fidrych, the former All-Star pitcher who died in an accident in April in Northborough, Mass.
DETROIT – Gerald Laird and Miguel Cabrera homered to help the Detroit Tigers win their sixth straight game, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-3 last night.
Zach Miner (5-1), the third of seven Detroit pitchers, picked up the win. Fernando Rodney finished for his 15th save in as many tries. The Cubs put the first two batters on, but Rodney retired the next three to end the game.
Rookie Rick Porcello allowed two runs and seven hits. He walked four in five-plus innings.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and building trades groups are among those calling on the state to follow through with plans to move the state police into a new headquarters.
The $40 million, privately owned building is nearly complete and Michigan State Police is scheduled to occupy it in January. But the state Senate has passed a budget bill that does not include the more than $3 million needed to pay the rent next fiscal year.
The state House is expected to vote on the bill soon.
DETROIT – The FBI says at least three significant players in a broader federal investigation have been arrested in the Detroit area.
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold says the arrests were made early Wednesday. She says details about the case would be released at a 12:30 p.m. news conference in Washington with Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing officials announced the start of an economic study of the city's South side on Wednesday. They hope to better identify ways to improve existing businesses and bring more business to the region.
Critics of the Bernero administration say economic development of the region has taken a back seat to downtown development.
Bob Trezise is the director of the Lansing Economic Development Corporation. He says the area has been given plenty of attention over the years.
DETROIT – Chris Chelios has a plan to talk about his future.
The 47-year-old defenseman says he will host a news conference this morning at Cheli's Chili Bar and Restaurant in Detroit to answer questions just days after the Red Wings confirmed he will not be offered a contract to stay.
Chelios has said he wants to play next season.
He played in six of 23 playoff games this year for the runner-up Red Wings, extending his NHL records by appearing in his 24th postseason and 266th playoff game. He played 28 regular-season games.
UNDATED – Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch are going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The selection committee announced on a conference call it had elected the maximum four players this year. All were eligible for the first time.
Yzerman retired in the summer of 2006 with the sixth-highest point total in NHL history. The longtime Detroit Red Wings captain won the Stanley Cup three times and a gold medal with Canada in the 2002 Olympics.
DETROIT – Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a seesaw, 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs last night.
Chicago's Micah Hoffpauir hit a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning off Joel Zumaya.
Brandon Inge's two-run home run in the seventh put the Tigers ahead 3-2 and they were a strike away from taking the lead into the ninth, but Hoffpauir sent Zumaya's 85 mph pitch over the fence in right.