Friday is the deadline for eligible school employees to accept an enhanced retirement offer from the state. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, it appears the retirement plan is not likely to hit its targets to save schools money.
PEORIA, IL – The host Peoria Chiefs defeated the Lansing Lugnuts in 10 innings, 2-1 last night at O'Brien Field. The Chiefs go for the sweep tonight at 8. The Lugnuts return home on Tuesday, June 15th, for a doubleheader against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has declared a state of emergency in storm-damaged Monroe County.
Hundreds of homes and business in and near Dundee were damaged or destroyed by the twister that touched down Sunday. It was one of eight tornadoes that hit southern Michigan over the weekend, including another in Monroe County that forced a shutdown at the Fermi 2 nuclear plant.
Dozens of state troopers and officers from across the state have been in the area to help with security, while other agencies have aided the cleanup.
Budget debates are moving along at the state Capitol, but lawmakers have a lot of work to get done in the next three weeks if they want to meet a self-imposed July 1 deadline and take a summer break.
AUDIO: Leaders in both the House and Senate say they would like to complete work on the budget before July. Republican state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says most lawmakers could use time in July and August to campaign.
At the state Capitol, a workgroup has begun the job of drafting legislation that would set the rules for windfarms off the Great Lakes shoreline. State Senator Patricia Birkholz is leading the workgroup. She says offshore wind power will require a shift in how people think of the Great Lakes.