WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama administration says a third electric barrier to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes should be finished next month.
Better fences to keep the carp from slipping past the barrier during floods also are set for completion in October.
Administration officials discussed their strategy Wednesday at a meeting in Washington with a Great Lakes region delegation that included Govs. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Ted Strickland of Ohio.
Lansing, MI – Michigan's unpopular Driver Responsibility Fee could soon be repealed. The annual fee is assessed to people with seven or more points on their licenses. Lawmakers who helped craft the fee several years ago now agree it ended up being a bad idea.
Democratic state Representative Bettie Scott is part of a group of Detroit lawmakers that pushed to repeal the Driver Responsibility Fee.
Lansing, MI – Michigan's jobless rate has remained the same or gone down slightly every month since the beginning of the year. Last month was no exception as the unemployment rate remained at 13.1 percent.
Employers shed about 50,000 jobs in August, but there were also fewer people looking for work.
ARLINGTON, TX – David Murphy had a homer upheld on replay to help the Texas Rangers win their sixth straight game with an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Murphy led off the fourth against Jeremy Bonderman with his 10th homer, but had to wait a few minutes before it was official. His high drive to right field sailed near the foul pole, with the ball finally glancing off the facing of the second deck.
East Lansing, MI – The city of East Lansing is offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding the desecration of a Quran at an East Lansing mosque over the weekend. A burned Quran was found outside the Islamic Center of East Lansing last Saturday morning.
East Lansing city manager Ted Staton says the city prides itself on its diversity.
Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm was in the passenger seat as First Gentleman Dan Mulhern took a Chevy Volt for a test drive around the state Capitol Tuesday. After the drive, the governor raved about the car's ride and performance.
Michigan's economy will continue to track the success and failures of automoative manufacturing for the foreseeable future, but Granholm says the Volt and vehicles like it will also help Michigan's economy diversify into new industries.
LANSING, MI – Democratic nominee for governor Virg Bernero tried to crash a town hall sponsored by Republican candidate Rick Snyder to issue a public challenge to debate. Snyder responded by inviting Bernero onstage to answer questions from the audience.
Bernero is pressing Snyder to engage in televised debates after Republicans broke off talks last week.