If anyone doesn't think that Michigan remains a key battleground state in the 2010 and 2012 elections, a look at Saturday's calendar would erase those doubts.
President Barack Obama, who trounced Republican candidate John McCain by 16 points in Michigan two years ago, will be giving the commencement address to University of Michigan graduates and their families in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium.
Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon has picked up several union endorsements in his bid for Michigan governor.
The Police Officers Association of Michigan represents 12,000 officers and endorsed Dillon Friday. He also was endorsed this week by the 18,000-member Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights and the 17,000-member International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324.
A statewide ban on texting while driving has been signed into law. Governor Granholm signed the bills live via satellite Friday on Oprah Winfrey's show. The show was dedicated to the issue of distracted driving.
The Michigan Supreme Court is allowing a challenge to the state's public defender system.
AUDIO: The Supreme Court refused to dismiss the case, and returned it to the Ingham County Circuit Court. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to declare the case a class action lawsuit. The ACLU lawsuit says too many court-appointed lawyers are poorly trained, underpaid, and have caseloads that are too heavy.
Federal prosecutors who are trying to keep nine Michigan militia members in jail say they don't need to show there was imminent danger when they charged and arrested them.
In a court filing, prosecutors responded Thursday to a judge's concern that they haven't revealed a specific plot against the United States. The nine are charged with conspiracy to commit sedition, or rebellion against the government.
Michigan is moving forward with plans to delay hundreds of road and bridge projects scheduled for the next five years because of its inability to raise enough money to match federal transportation dollars.
The Michigan Department of Transportation told the state's Transportation Commission on Thursday it was going ahead with reduced 2011-2014 road and bridge construction. MDOT earlier this year announced the possibility of such delays.
Michigan lawmakers are struggling to come up with a compromise plan aimed at saving schools money by persuading thousands of older employees to retire.
The Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House ended voting Thursday without reaching a deal. Leaders in both chambers said they would continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching a deal as soon as possible.
The Legislature isn't scheduled to come back for voting sessions until Tuesday.
Lawmakers were trying to wrap up the retirement plan this month.
Canada has promised it will pay Michigan's share of the cost of building a new Detroit-to-Windsor international bridge if that will get the project moving.
AUDIO: Progress in the Legislature on building a new bridge has been very slow, and the potential cost to taxpayers has been a big argument. Governor Granholm says Canada's pledge of up to $550 million should end that fight.