General Motors says it will install a new brake safety measure that can prevent unintended acceleration on all its new vehicles worldwide by 2012.
Federal regulators are considering making the technology mandatory on new cars and trucks after Toyota's big problems with vehicles that can speed out of control. Congress is also exploring the issue after a series of hearings last month on Toyota's recall of millions of vehicles over gas pedals that get stuck or trapped on floor mats.
There is a lot of work awaiting lawmakers when they return to the state Capitol from their spring break next week -- including the final stages of a ban on texting while driving.
AUDIO: The ban on texting while driving has changed forms and hands a few times over many months at the state Capitol. Now it appears the ban is in its final stages, awaiting a vote in the state House to make the ban a primary and more serious offense.
LANSING, MI – Lawmakers return to the state Capitol from their spring break in one week. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land says when they get back they need to begin work quickly on rules and regulations surrounding a potential Michigan Constitutional Convention. Voters will decide in November if Michigan should rewrite its constitution.
Land says legislators will first have to approve guidelines for potential delegates.
DETROIT – Utility officials say about 700 outages remain scattered statewide after weekend storms packing high winds knocked out electricity to thousands of Michigan customers.
DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said Monday that power had been restored to all but 200 of the utility's customers. At the peak, she said about 40,000 homes and businesses served by DTE were without power.
Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop said about 500 outages remained after 24,000 of the utility's customers lost service during the storms.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Hits and runs may be hard to find Monday afternoon in Kansas City.
Opening the season for Detroit will be right-hander Justin Verlander, who won 19 games last season and led all major league pitchers with 269 strikeouts. Opposing him for the Royals will be Zack Greinke, who won the 2009 Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the American League.
PHILADELPHIA – Claude Giroux and Arron Asham scored second-period goals, Kimmo Timonen added a goal and an assist, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Daniel Carcillo also scored for the Flyers, who had slipped to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-6-1 stretch over their previous eight games. Brian Boucher made 31 saves for Philadelphia.
FLINT, MI – This is another long weekend for many Genesee County employees.
Non-essential county offices will be closed Monday, the third of eight unpaid days off for county employees this fiscal year.
The county Board of Commissioners included the furloughs in an effort to balance the county budget in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Officials have said each day off is expected to save about $200,000.
DETROIT – Utilities are restoring power to thousands of Michigan customers whose electricity was knocked out by storms packing high winds.
DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Eileen Dixon said Sunday that power had been restored to all but 6,500 of the utility's customers. At the peak, she says about 40,000 homes and businesses served by DTE were without power. That figure is about 10,000 more than DTE estimated Saturday.
East Lansing, MI – Despite Michigan State's loss in the NCAA tournament semifinals, as many as 1,500 Spartan fans spent much Saturday night rallying behind their team.
MSU's dream of clinching its first national championship since 2000 died in a 52-50 nailbiter against Butler University that came down to the game's final seconds. When it was over, hundreds of people filled the streets of East Lansing's Cedar Village neighborhood.