VIERA, FL – Trying to earn rotation spots, Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman worked out of trouble over 4 1-3 innings, while Washington's J.D. Martin began poorly but finished well, and Johnny Damon's two hits helped a Tigers split squad beat the Nationals 8-2 Thursday night.
Still working his way back from shoulder surgery in 2008, Bonderman allowed five hits and two runs - one earned. He also threw a wild pitch and walked a batter while recording only one 1-2-3 inning. He's competing with Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson for two openings.
Michigan Democrats are criticizing Republican Attorney General Mike Cox for filing a legal challenge to the new federal health care law.
Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer, Progress Michigan executive director David Holtz and Ryan Irvin of Organizing for America protested Thursday outside Cox's office near the Capitol to express their disapproval.
Brewer calls the lawsuit "frivolous" and says it's a waste of taxpayers' money.
Several hundred university students marched on the state Capitol Thursday to protest the loss of the Michigan Promise scholarship and proposed budget cuts to higher education. Earlier this week, state workers and nurses also rallied against budget cuts.
Lansing, MI – The head of one of the largest banks in Michigan says business leaders are not happy with the direction the state is headed. David Boyle is president of PNC Bank and a member of Business Leaders for Michigan. The group of CEO's from the state's largest companies is urging lawmakers to adopt a plan they say will stabilize state government finances and stimulate business growth. The plan calls for reducing the state workforce and lowering state employee salaries.
A 3 percent pay raise scheduled for Michigan's union-represented state government workers on Oct. 1 appears to be safe.
The Republican-led state Senate failed again Thursday to pass a measure aimed at repealing the raises. The proposal got 23 votes, three short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance to the Democrat-led House.
Lawmakers are scheduled to leave for a two-week break after Thursday and would not be back in session in time to rescind the raises by an April 11 deadline.
The debate over a ban on texting-while-driving is getting more serious Thursday at the state Capitol. The Senate approved a ban that would allow police officers to pull a driver over for text messaging alone. Lawmakers have already approved a measure that would only allow a driver to be pulled over for texting if they were committing another offense, such as speeding.