The Wolverine State has lost its only known wild wolverine.
The body of the 28-pound female was found Saturday along a trail in Michigan's Thumb. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment is investigating the cause of death.
The fierce hunters found mainly in northern woods and tundra gave their nickname to the state and to the University of Michigan's sports teams. There were no known sightings in the wild from the early 1800s until 2004.
Four groups are going to court in their battle to prevent construction of a nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The National Wildlife Federation and three other organizations filed a petition Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court. It asks for review of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment's decision in January to grant Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. a permit to build and operate the mine in Marquette County.
LANSING, MI – The state Senate corrections budget subcommittee is scheduled to meet this week at the state Capitol. The budget for the Department of Corrections is expected to be one of the most hotly debated budgets this year.
Senate Republicans have positioned themselves for a stand-off with Governor Granholm over funding for the Department of Corrections. They say misplaced efforts to save money are jeopardizing public safety.
Republican Mike Cox has released his 2009 tax returns, the first gubernatorial candidate to do so.
The attorney general reported Monday that he earned $118,519 while his wife, Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox, earned $76,511. The Livonia couple claimed exemptions for three of their children, paid $30,202 in federal taxes and are due a $1,011 federal refund.
Patients would no longer have to sign a consent form to take an HIV test under a bill on the state House floor. The measure was approved by the House Health Policy committee last week, but not without some debate.
AUDIO: Supporters of the measure to eliminate the paperwork say it would make the process of HIV testing easier and less disconcerting for people.
UNDATED – Homes across America will begin receiving the 2010 census form in the mail this week. The census form is only ten questions long this year. Dichondra Johnson-Gieger with the Lansing census bureau office says it should take just a few minutes to fill out and return with the provided, postage-paid envelope.
The official count day is April 1st. Johnson-Gieger advises people not to wait, though.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State has earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Region and a first-round matchup against 12th-seeded New Mexico State.
The game will be Friday in Spokane, Wash.
Last year's NCAA runner-up stretched its string of NCAA tournament bids to 13, all under coach Tom Izzo. That is the third-longest streak in the nation behind Kansas and Duke. The Spartans (24-8) earned an at-large berth this season after sharing the Big Ten regular-season title with Ohio State and Purdue.