LANSING, MI – The last time Michigan re-wrote its constitution was the early 1960s. The state was coming out of a recession and it was difficult getting balanced budgets passed. Most state revenue was locked into specific purposes, so it was difficult to manage money when a crisis hit. Unemployment was high. People were fed up.
ANN ARBOR, MI – A student leader at the University of Michigan has filed a professional misconduct complaint against an assistant state attorney general. The complaint says Andrew Shirvell violated professional conduct rules by stalking, harassing, and telling lies about U-of-M's openly gay student body president.
EAST LANSING, MI – Officials say a voracious Asian fruit fly that appeared in California in 2008 and since has spread in the Pacific Northwest and other areas has been found for the first time in the Midwest.
Michigan State University Extension announced Friday that the spotted wing Drosophila was found in traps set by entomologists in southwestern Michigan. Male and female flies were found in late September and early October.
The flies target berry crops, cherries, grapes and tree fruit, with a preference for softer fleshed fruit.
Both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor say education is a high priority. They both say that commitment includes doing more to promote early childhood learning. But they offer few details.
DETROIT – Consumers Energy says about 30,000 mid- and northern Michigan homes and businesses remain without power after a two-day storm packing high winds caused one death and knocked out power to about 365,000 utility customers.
Consumers said in a statement Friday that crews from Ohio and Indiana were assisting restoration efforts, and power was expected to be returned by midnight. The company said more than 275,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages since the storm began Tuesday.