LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.
State Senate Democrats say the GOP was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over FDA-approved drugs.
But Republicans say Democrats are playing partisan games when they should be focused on budget issues and a collapsing auto industry.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms.
The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan. The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A fifth prospect has entered the already-crowded field of G-O-P candidates for governor. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has formed a campaign committee, and went on an announcement tour Wednesday.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI - (WKAR) U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the federal government is making $27 million in grants available to communities struggling due to the decline of American automakers.
DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five strong innings to win for the first time this season and manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1.
Francona became the third Boston manager to reach that plateau with the Red Sox, joining Joe Cronin (1,071) and Mike Higgins (560).
PITTSBURGH (AP) – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sergei Gonchar scored the go-ahead goal with 9:31 left in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Penguins won at home after losing twice on the road against the defending champions just as they did last year in the finals.
Pittsburgh's Max Talbot scored 4:38 into the game and had an empty-net goal.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - (MPRN) A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms. The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan.
The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.
State Senate Democrats say the G-O-P was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over F-D-A-approved drugs.
Romulus, MI – Romulus, MI (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced an additional $49 million in federal aid to help Michigan workers who lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The announcement comes Tuesday as Solis and other cabinet officials are touring Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The region has been hard hit by the loss of automotive and other manufacturing jobs.
Solis made the announcement at a General Motors Corp. plant in Romulus. GM filed for bankruptcy this week.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District is meeting Tuesday evening to discuss how to address its growing budget deficit. School Board President Hugh Clarke says changing state rules on paying for all-day Kindergarten could add several million dollars to the district's tab. Lansing also expects enrollment to fall by up to a thousand next year. That means millions fewer state dollars. District planners now expect a deficit as high as $18-million.
CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers are finding a persistent decline in the rate of Americans -- especially children -- who are newly diagnosed with depression. But that doesn't mean there are fewer cases of it.
The decline followed the first federal warning on risks connected with antidepressant drugs. And the researchers believe that the warning may have helped reverse a five-year trend of rising rates of diagnosis for depression.
CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - A study finds an antidepressant often prescribed for treating autism doesn't work for most kids.
The drug, Celexa, was found to cause nightmares and other side effects.
Celexa is not approved for treating autism. However, many doctors have prescribed it, thinking it might help prevent repetitive behaviors such as spinning, twirling and head-banging that are hallmark autism symptoms.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two University of Michigan researchers will share in an $18 million grant to study breast cancer therapies targeted at specific forms of the disease.
Drs. Max Wicha and Arul Chinnaiyan will participate in a three-year study sponsored by the group Stand Up to Cancer. The university says the group supports "groundbreaking research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an accelerated timeframe."
EAST LANSING, MI – When Sam Singh left the East Lansing mayor's office, he really left. Singh spent 17 months traveling the world, visiting places he'd always wanted to go.
It wasn't all fun and games; along the way, he worked on a number of volunteer projects. In all, Singh visited 46 countries...and he lost 40 pounds. He's back now, and WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with him about the physical toll of all that travel.
(Lansing, MI) – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says the General Motors bankruptcy is a tragedy for the company that once represented the nation's industrial might. She says it's also a tragedy for the workers who relied on it for a living. But the governor and the other political leaders also hope it represents progress toward some good news for the state with the most-challenged economy in the nation.
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - The mayor of Sterling Heights says state and local officials expect to present an incentive plan this month aimed at luring Fiat to a Chrysler assembly plant set to close by the end of 2010.
Italy's Fiat is taking a stake in Chrysler as part of the Auburn Hills-based carmaker's reorganization. Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 protection April 30 and seeks to emerge soon.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she wants to interest Fiat in building its small cars in Michigan.
WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - Appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor is heading to Capitol Hill for a series of informal chats with top senators who will play a key role in considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.
Sotomayor's schedule Tuesday is packed with half-hour meetings known as "courtesy calls." The sessions help set a courtly tone of the debate over her nomination and provide Sotomayor with some face-time with senators.
WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads for Saudi Arabia today on his latest mission to improve battered ties with the Muslim world.
He'll meet with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyahd at the start of the six-day, four-country trip. It's his second meeting with the king in three months. The two leaders are expected to discuss issues, including rising oil prices and Saudi concerns that Iran may be secretly developing a nuclear bomb.