LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday afternoon. Tonight they travel to start a three-game series at Bowling Green, then finish the week with three against the South Bend Silver Hawks.
The Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers is challenging parts of the state's new law related to the public school employee retirement system.
The union said Friday its lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court challenges a provision requiring employees who don't retire this summer to start paying an extra 3% of their compensation into a fund for retiree health care starting July 1.
Governor Granholm says she will go to Washington soon to personally plead with federal officials to block an imminent Asian Carp invasion of the Great Lakes. She says it would be an ecological and economic disaster if the locks between Lake Michigan and the Chicago-area shipping canal are not closed soon. Once that's done, she wants the federal government to create a permanent physical barrier to separate the Great Lakes from the canal.
Governor Granholm's office says about 17,000 teachers and other school employees have accepted the state's retirement offer. That's the official count Friday from the state pension office. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the governor and the Legislature adopted the plan to save school districts money during a tough economy.