LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council has approved a plan to let a local developer borrow $31 million to build a new parking ramp downtown.
Chrisman Company is using bonds issued through Lansing's Economic Development Corporation to build a ramp for the Accident Fund Insurance Company's new headquarters. Bob Trezise is president of the EDC. He says the developer originally planned on using federal stimulus bonds.
Governor Granholm is back in Michigan after attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington D.C. The governors met with President Obama and members of Congress. They asked the federal government to help states with their budget troubles. Governor Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio's state Capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta about the meeting.
UNDATED – Governor Granholm returns from Washington D. C. Tuesday following a meeting of the National Governors Association. She and the other governors met Monday with President Obama to talk about jobs and health care. Great Lakes governors were also briefed about the administration's plans for protecting and improving the lakes.
Governor Granholm appeared on MSNBC to call on Congress to pass the Obama administration's jobs plan to help the 700 thousand unemployed people in Michigan.
Lansing's Oldsmobile Park is getting a new sponsor and a new name. Officials announced Monday that Cooley Law School is buying the naming rights for $1.5 million. The stadium will be renamed Cooley Law School Stadium.
Cooley President Don LeDuc says the 11-year deal is part marketing, part community building.
Jury selection could be difficult Tuesday as trial opens for a man charged with killing an anti-abortion activist and a business owner in Owosso.
Shiawassee County prosecutors have warned that it will be "almost impossible" to pick jurors who don't have opinions of one of the victims, James Pouillon, who aggressively protested abortion for years in Owosso.
Judge Gerald Lostracco won't move the trial unless he can't find a fair-minded jury.