DETROIT, MI – A U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows Michigan's overall population fell below 10 million for the first time since 2000 and the state is one of just three to lose residents.
The population estimate released Wednesday finds the state lost 32,759 people between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009. It's the fourth consecutive annual population loss for the manufacturing-dependent state that's seen more than 500,000 residents leave since 2001.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's bleak state budget situation likely will continue in the fiscal year that starts in October 2010.
The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency projects that tax revenue will continue to fall largely because of Michigan's struggling economy. A report released Tuesday estimates that the state's general fund and school aid fund combined could be more than $1.8 billion short for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The report says state officials will have to make "very significant" spending cuts unless state taxes are increased.
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats say they will continue to push for new revenue when they return to Lansing in January. Some lawmakers still want to restore money cut from the K-12 schools budget.
AUDIO: House Speaker Andy Dillon made a final attempt to woo Senate Republicans into approving a revenue plan in the waning hours of the 2009 session. He proposed a tax hike on some tobacco products and a freeze on the personal tax exemption.
AUSTIN, TX – AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Damion James had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading No. 2 Texas past No. 9 Michigan State 79-68 on Tuesday night, giving the Longhorns consecutive wins over Top 10 teams.
Like the victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday, James led this one. He followed his 25 points and 15 rebounds against the Tar Heels with another big showing to rally the Longhorns (11-0) from an early deficit.
Chris Allen had 12 points for the Spartans (9-3), who couldn't beat Texas for a fourth straight year.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gerald Wallace had 29 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing a game with severe headaches, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to an 88-76 victory over the undermanned Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Stephen Jackson added 13 points despite playing with a sore back for the sharp-shooting Bobcats, who held a comfortable lead over the final three quarters.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University has reached a tentative agreement with its nine labor unions. The details of the plan are being withheld pending ratification. The new four-year contract covers some 5,700 support staff on campus. The talks focused specifically on wages and health care costs.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for mid-Michigan from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. A quarter-inch of ice accumulation is possible as freezing rain and sleet are forecast from Thursday into Friday. Precipitation should turn to rain on Friday. Holiday travel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day could become hazardous.
LANSING, MI – Michigan continues looking for federal or out-of-state inmates to fill two recently shuttered prisons after reaching a deal with Pennsylvania to house 1,000 of its prisoners.
Michigan Corrections Department spokesman John Cordell said Tuesday reuse is possible for two prisons. They're the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility about 145 miles north of Detroit and Hiawatha Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula.