Governor Granholm has signed into law the first part of a deal to address Michigan's budget crisis. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, it allows the state to take money from the School Aid Fund to help retire a deficit.
Michigan's K-12 students may eventually be in school for as many as 40 more days per year. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber tells us that as kids headed back to classrooms this week, people at the state Capitol were discussing changes to the school year.
East Lansing, MI – Though they'll be playing in Detroit this Saturday, Michigan State University will technically be the road team when they square off against Florida Atlantic. The Owls originally planned to be the home team in the matchup, but their new stadium won't be ready until next season. This will be just the second time the Spartans and Owls have played each other, and oddsmakers favor MSU to win by four touchdowns.
LANSING, MI – The White House has named former Indiana environmental chief John Goss to coordinate the federal response to the threat posed by invasive Asian carp to the Great Lakes. Governor Granholm says she intends to be in touch soon with the nation's new "Asian carp czar."
DETROIT – Jeremy Bonderman pitched eight strong innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the sloppy Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Wednesday.
Chicago is trying to catch Minnesota in the AL Central and entered Tuesday's game with a seven-game winning streak but has been outscored 14-2 by the Tigers over the last two nights, including seven unearned runs. The four-game series ends with a day game on Thursday.
DETROIT – Firefighters from a half-dozen suburban communities were quick to assist Detroit crews struggling to contain blazes that burned 85 structures while sweeping through pockets of city neighborhoods.
City fire officials say the assistance was rare. They say that despite budget and manpower cuts, Detroit usually is first to lend a hand.