ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions have claimed linebacker Spencer Havner and kick returner Stefan Logan on waivers.
Havner played tight end last season with Green Bay but is expected to switch back to his college position of linebacker with the Lions. Detroit has struggled with injuries and inexperience at the position throughout training camp.
Logan returned both punts and kickoffs for Pittsburgh in 2009 and should fill the same role for the Lions.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's unpopular Driver Responsibility Fee, which is assessed annually for people with seven or more points on their license, may soon be repealed. The state House is expected to vote soon on a bill that would get rid of the fee in 2012.
Bill Ballenger is the editor of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter. He says the fee was originally approved by the Legislature to make roads safer and generate revenue.
LANSING, MI – Students head back to school this week in Michigan. Governor Granholm used her weekly radio address to send the kids off, and tout her focus on education in her tenure as governor.
"All children in Michigan need a world class education that prepares them for success in college and in the work place," Granholm says. "So in addition to diversifying our economy and creating jobs, education has been a top priority of mine."
CHICAGO – Experts are set to testify in a federal lawsuit in Chicago, where five states are asking a judge to close Illinois shipping locks to prevent invasive Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes.
In two days of hearings starting Tuesday, scientists will discuss environmental DNA testing that found genetic material from carp in Illinois waterways near Lake Michigan.
Biologists fear if the ravenous fish get into the Great Lakes they will decimate a $7 billion-a-year fishing industry.
MACKINAW CITY, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm is returning to her tradition of running the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk and Run as she leads the crossing for her last time as governor.
The Democrat and her husband, Dan Mulhern, will be among 400 runners who will cross the five-mile bridge linking Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. Tens of thousands of walkers also will participate Monday.
Granholm will give welcoming remarks on the St. Ignace side of the bridge and speak again in Mackinaw City.
LANSING, MI – The state Department of Natural Resources and Environment is accepting proposals for projects to restore and protect Michigan wetlands, lakes and streams.
The department recently announced that about $4 million in state and federal funding is available for watershed-based projects. State and local units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities may apply.
DETROIT – Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are expected to march at the front of a Labor Day parade in the city as they battle with management over a tight budget.
Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO President Saundra L. Williams says in a statement that the musicians from the nationally recognized orchestra and the Detroit Federation of Musicians were invited to lead Monday's parade in a show of support.