LANSING, MI – Discussions on scheduling debates between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have broken off, with no word on whether they'll start again. Democratic nominee Virg Bernero is anxious to debate.
Lansing, MI – The state Liquor Control Commission plans to review the labels on alcoholic energy drinks. The commission could demand changes if it determines the packaging encourages young drinkers to abuse alcohol.
Lansing, MI – Legislative leaders say they could have the budget wrapped up as soon as next week. Most of the big fights appear to be settled, and there seems to be little interest in the fierce partisan bickering that's marked the state budget process in recent years.
Lansing, MI – A work group made up of hog farmers, owners of hunting ranches, and environmental regulators met for the first time Friday to start developing a plan to deal with the problem of feral swine. Controlling feral swine is an intensely political issue in a state where hunting and livestock farming are huge.
Wild pigs reproduce prolifically and destroy farmland and environmentally sensitive areas. They carry diseases that infect domestic livestock. And they attack other wildlife.
East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University's College of Law has started a new clinical program aimed at supplying legal representation to low-income immigrants.
The aim of the program is to supply legal aid to the roughly 250,000 immigrants in Michigan. David Thronson is an MSU law professor and co-creator of the immigration law clinic. He says the clinic will also help state lawmakers better understand immigration law.
EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's first Masterworks concert is Friday night at MSU's Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Ingells spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the program. She asked him first about the last selection of the evening, which is the second of four symphonies written by Johannes Brahms.