Lansing, MI – A state senator hopes she can bring attention to sexy text messaging endemic among school-aged children. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer asked the chairmen of a few legislative panels at the state Capitol to hold hearings about the problems children face when they send text and picture messages of a sexual nature.
Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm has extended the current system for funding state parks until April 1. That gives lawmakers more time to come up with a new system that adequately funds state parks, recreation areas, and boat launch sites.
Ingham County faces major budget issues again next year.
The county's budget totals $204,000,000, with the general fund making up $79,000,000 of that. Board of Commissioners chairperson Debbie DeLeon tells WKAR's Scott Pohl that figure already looks to be $2,500,000 too high.
TORONTO – Chris Bosh had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Jarrett Jack scored 17 points and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to a season-high four games, beating the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Sunday.
Even with Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon all back in the lineup, the Pistons couldn't stop their losing streak from reaching seven games. Detroit has not topped 100 points in any of those defeats.
SAN FRANCISCO – Frank Gore scored on a 1-yard run and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, and the San Francisco 49ers moved within one win of avoiding a seventh straight losing season by beating the Detroit Lions 20-6 Sunday.
WASHINGTON – A law enforcement official says the man removed from a Sunday flight to Detroit posed no security risk to the plane.
The official says the passenger was taken into custody after becoming verbally disruptive on landing. Subsequent interviews by investigators determined he was a businessman who became ill during the flight.
The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.
DETROIT – An attorney for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane near Detroit says he's been transferred to a federal prison.
Miriam Siefer says she hasn't had in-depth talk yet with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab since he was charged Saturday. Siefer, the chief federal defender in Detroit, called the charges serious but declined further comment.
She said Sunday he's now at a prison in Milan, about 50 miles away from Detroit, after being released from a hospital where he was treated for burns.
LANSING, MI – Sophomores in Michigan's high schools will soon be able to alter their graduation requirements if they struggle to pass math courses.
The "Personal Curriculum" is a small measure not often discussed in a large package of reforms approved by the state Legislature. That's because it didn't deal with big, controversial issues such as charter schools or the drop-out age.
But state Representative Doug Geiss says he hopes "Personal Curriculum" helps raise the state's graduation rate.