It's starting to look like the Legislature won't meet Governor Granholm's April first deadline for creating incentives to entice thousands of public employees into early retirement.
AUDIO: The governor estimates early retirements could save taxpayers $450 million during a budget crisis. But she says if school districts are going to take advantage of the savings, they have to make retirement offers next month.
EVANSVILLE, IN – A company that makes sealants and adhesives for the automotive and construction industries is closing a southern Indiana factory as it plans to shift production to a Michigan plant.
ADCO Products has told the nearly 100 workers at its Evansville factory that it will close by the end of the year. Company President Glenn Frommer says the plant is a century old and was inflexible for an expansion.
The company, instead, picked an ADCO factory near Jackson, Michigan, for the expansion that could add more than 200 jobs.
DETROIT – Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb says he is continuing to put together five plans to help lead the struggling Detroit Public Schools into a brighter future.
Bobb briefed a group of elected and community leaders Friday morning on his master plans for education and teaching, safety and security, facilities, parental involvement, and long-term finances for the district.
He is the featured panelist at the first 2010 session of Pancakes & Politics forum in Detroit.
EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael has been indulging in a juicy book about a juicy subject--celebrity gossip, and the magazine that started it all. He reviews Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry E. Scott.
UNDATED – Making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons, the Michigan State women's basketball team, the No. 5 seed in the Kansas City Regional, will face No. 12 Bowling Green on Saturday at 12:11 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. MSU has won six straight first round games.
UNDATED – MSU's men's basketball team is making its 13th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament as it opens as the No. 5 seet in the Midwest Region against No. 12 seed New Mexico State. Game time tonight is 7:20.
LAKELAND, FL – Dontrelle Willis is making a case for a spot in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, pitching three scoreless innings in a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.
Willis struggled after straining his back in the first, but allowed just one hit. He hit one batter and walked another. He also hurt his right thumb fielding a line drive. That came one batter after another line drive glanced off his right knee.
Ingham County's credit rating has been raised by Standard and Poor's Rating Services.
AUDIO: Ingham County treasurer Eric Schertzing says Standard and Poor's has bumped up the county's rating from "AA" to "AA+." He says the county will save a substantial amount of money in the bond market as a result.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they have seized more than $250,000 worth of illegal drugs within a week at the tunnel crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
The federal agency said Thursday that 16 bags containing marijuana were found Feb. 28 in a car driven by a U.S. citizen returning from Canada. Two bags containing nearly 21,000 ecstasy pills were removed from a car being driven by a lawful permanent U.S. resident coming from Canada.