LANSING, MI – The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has adopted a resolution condemning the behavior of Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell for his personal campaign against the University of Michigan's openly gay student body president. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the resolution also calls on his boss, Attorney General Mike Cox, to launch an investigation.
Democratic nominee for governor Virg Bernero skipped a scheduled appearance before the State Board of Education Tuesday. Bernero and Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Brian Calley were on the agenda to present their education platforms and ideas.
LANSING, MI – Advocates for mother and infant health say the negative effects of budget cuts are reflected in Michigan's pregnancy statistics. The Right Start report from the Michigan League for Human Services says an uptick in low birth weights is of particular concern.
Jane Zehnder-Merrell is with the group. She says vital programs that help ensure the health of mothers and their babies are being cut.
LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Sunday morning liquor sales.
The governor has pushed for the change in past years.
But she said in a Tuesday letter to state lawmakers that the bill makes other changes that could open the state to a court challenge similar to the one Michigan lost when it tried to limit alcoholic beverage sales by out-of-state businesses.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm used her line-item veto power to reject the Legislature's plan to spend $316 million in federal stimulus money for classrooms. This could set the stage for a new fight with lawmakers and schools.