LANSING, MI – Congressional and legislative hearings Monday will focus on how to fix Michigan's system for providing attorneys to criminal defendants who cannot afford them.
Every county in Michigan has its own way of choosing and compensating attorneys who represent indigent defendants. The work often goes to inexperienced lawyers who are paid very little, and must take on big caseloads to make a living. The system is being challenged in court.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's teachers could soon have a place to turn if their schools are not providing basic school supplies. A measure in the education-reform package being negotiated at the state Capitol would create a system for teachers to file complaints about school supplies with the state Department of Education.
Tim Melton chairs the House Education Committee. He says the "Teachers' Bill of Rights" would provide swift action to supply classrooms with teaching necessities.
EAST LANSING, MI – A group of Michigan State University students Friday called for a moratorium on budget-cutting decisions.
Lila Wakeman of MSU's Undergraduate Alliance spoke at the Board of Trustees meeting.
"I think it would be in their best interest to respond well to the moratorium," she says. "I think that they should definitely stop making the decisions that they have been, at least until the university, the students are notified what's going on. I think they owe it to us."
LANSING, MI – The legislation to establish a ban on smoking in most Michigan workplaces will be formally presented to Governor Granholm on Monday. The ban will not take effect until May 1. But the governor says she intends to sign it at the earliest opportunity.
The bill sent to her this week would still allow smoking on the gaming floors of Detroit's casinos, in tobacco shops and cigar bars, home offices and inside commercial vehicles.
SAUGATUCK, MI – A conservation group has signed a deal to buy 171 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline sand dunes in Saugatuck for $19 million from Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
Officials for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan said Thursday the deal had been approved by its board. The Grand Rapids-based group has been working with The Nature Conservancy and the city of Saugatuck to acquire the property.
Funding sources included a state grant and private donations.
EAST LANSING, MI – Draymond Green scored a career-high 19 points and matched his best effort with 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Michigan State to an 88-57 victory over beat Oakland, Mich. on Thursday night.
Green hit his first nine shots from the field and finished 9 of 11. He had 16 points and seven rebounds as the Spartans (8-2) took a 44-21 halftime lead.
Kalin Lucas had 19 points and Delvon Roe added 11 for the Spartans, who blew the game open with a 25-3 run early in the first half.