LANSING, MI – Professor Gerry Fisher is a long-time municipal law attorney. He's currently on the faculty of Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills. He says the recent law has created a huge challenge by creating a "parallel system" in which marijuana use is permissible for some, but not for others. His lengthy policy paper recommends a new Michigan marijuana law. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Professor Fisher in the offices of the Michigan Municipal League in downtown Lansing.
EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - A woman who committed arson at Michigan State University and other acts of violent protest is asking a federal appeals court to throw out her long prison sentence.
The Cincinnati-based court will hear arguments Tuesday from Marie Mason's lawyer, who says a sentence of nearly 22 years is excessive. It's considered the longest in the U.S. for acts of eco-terrorism.
Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero says he cannot promise that state payments to local government services would not be reduced if he is elected. He says those services, such as police and fire, are a top priority. But he also says it's important to make sure the services are running efficiently.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's attorney general and the U.S. Justice Department are suing Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the lawsuit says Blue Cross is driving up health care costs at hospitals by stifling competition between insurance companies.
AUDIO: The lawsuit accuses Blue Cross of price rigging by forcing hospitals to charge other insurance companies more for the same services.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is in Sweden this week as she wraps up what is likely her final economic development trip overseas. The governor says the Swedish trip is focused on meeting with renewable energy companies and convincing them to locate or expand in Michigan.
This is the governor's 11th trip to Europe or Asia in search of jobs. She says her administration's plan has been to focus on some specific growth industries and countries that offer partnerships in those sectors.
While Michigan State University has ended undergraduate programs at its campus in Dubai, one Masters program, in Human Resources and Labor Relations, remains. Fourteen students are currently enrolled in the program.
WKAR's Scott Pohl recently spoke with the interim director of MSU-Dubai, Kevin Dunseath on a somewhat unstable phone line from the United Arab Emirates. They talked about student morale, and how hard Dubai was hit by the worldwide economic crisis.