LANSING, MI – Arts advocates will meet in Lansing tonight to begin work on an economic development plan highlighting local cultural venues.
AUDIO: The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, MSU and the state of Michigan are creating a plan to market the region's cultural resources. The project also seeks to encourage new entrepreneurs.
LANSING, MI – More than 100 Michigan State Police troopers ended their shifts this past weekend by turning in their uniforms, badges, firearms, and other gear. They were laid off to save the state money and help retire a budget deficit.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts split a four-game series with the Dayton Dragons by winning 5-3 on Sunday at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts are off today before traveling Tuesday to begin a four-game series at Great Lakes.
HOUSTON – HOUSTON (AP) - The Tigers have won eight of their past 10 going into tonight's opener of a three-game series against the Athletics in Oakland.
Detroit escaped from Houston with one win in their weekend set with a 4-3 victory yesterday. Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two out in the ninth inning, and Fernando Rodney then shut out the Astros for his 17th save in as many opportunities.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - It's back to work today for employees at seven Chrysler assembly plants.
The Auburn Hills-based automaker had shut down all of its factories during its six weeks in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Chrysler says the plants resuming operations today are in Sterling Heights and Warren, Mich.; St. Louis; Toledo, Ohio; Brampton and Windsor, Ontario; and Toluca, Mexico. A Detroit plant that makes the Dodge Viper sports car went back online earlier this month.
LANSING, MI – The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan says the state should relax its school suspension law because it discriminates against minorities.
The ACLU just released a report that says African American students are more likely than white students to be suspended or expelled under the state's zero tolerance law. The ACLU's Kary Moss says students who are kicked out of school are more likely to eventually drop out, and wind up in the criminal justice system.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - A last-ditch effort to avoid the layoffs of 100 Michigan State Police troopers has failed.
Members of the Michigan State Police Troopers Association voted against a furlough plan that would have called for sacrificing some of their own pay to temporarily avoid the layoffs of their low-seniority co-workers.
The outcome of the vote was announced Friday but vote totals weren't released.
DETROIT – General Motors Corp. is confirming it will use an idled assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich., and a parts stamping facility in Pontiac, Mich., to build small and compact cars, a move expected save 1,400 jobs.
GM confirmed the plant selection in a statement Friday, but said the decision is dependent on the outcome of negotiations between the company and the state on incentives.
A person briefed on the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that Orion Township, about 40 miles north of Detroit, had been chosen.
EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - East Lansing City Councilmember Nathan Triplett will undergo surgery for Crohn's disease next week. His recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks.
The operation has been scheduled for June 29th.
In a press release, Triplett says he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 13. He says medication has helped him live in what he calls a "state of relative remission". His doctors recommended surgery after he recently took a turn for the worse.
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.