East Lansing, MI – The recently formed Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative aims to give the state's producers a big boost.
Eleven members of the cooperative signed official paperwork last month. They've agreed to work together to market their cheese, leverage their buying power and help each other through the challenges of cheese making.
A court official says members of a Michigan militia will be electronically monitored around the clock if they're released from jail until trial. He's filed an affidavit to clear up what he calls misstatements by a prosecutor urging the court to keep the nine militia members in jail. The prosecutor says electronic monitoring is "wholly inadequate."
A family member says Glenn Steil, a former state lawmaker from Grand Rapids, has died in Florida. He was 68.
Glenn Steil Jr. told The Grand Rapids Press that his father had a heart attack Friday in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Steil, a Republican, served eight years in the Michigan Senate and co-chaired the statewide campaign for term limits in the Legislature. He formerly owned Compatico, an office furniture company in the Grand Rapids area.
State Sen. Tom George is getting ready to turn in his petitions to get on the Republican gubernatorial ballot for Michigan.
The anesthesiologist from Kalamazoo County's Texas Township said Friday in a press release that he'll file his petitions Monday with the secretary of state's office. Tuesday is the deadline to file to get on the Aug. 3 primary ballot.
Republican candidates Rick Snyder, Mike Cox and Pete Hoekstra already have filed their signatures, leaving only George and Mike Bouchard to file next week.
An audit says that Michigan education officials are more successful helping low-income elementary and middle schools improve their academic performance than high schools.
A Michigan auditor general report released Friday examines so-called "high priority" schools that have failed to meet academic standards at least two consecutive years under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
States are required to have support systems for high priority schools that are low-income and qualify for federal Title I money.
Lawmakers at the state Capitol have been examining ways to address bullying at Michigan's schools.
AUDIO: The state board of education has already established anti-bullying guidelines. But school districts are not required to adopt those rules. Democratic state Representative Pam Byrnes sponsored the anti-bullying bill.
Michigan education officials are hoping for better luck when the state submits its application for a share of the second round of federal Race to the Top school reform money. The state lost out in the first round - in part because Michigan's plan did not have the support of teachers' unions.