Ongoing staff shortages in state police crime labs are creating more and longer delays in mid-Michigan courts. Ingham county prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says the situation amounts to a breach of justice for victims and defendants alike. He says the average wait for DNA evidence in Ingham County now exceeds 135 days.
EAST LANSING, MI – It's time for Under the Radar, when our book reviewer Lev Raphael talks about books you may not have heard about yet. Lev reviews a book about an infamous painting that's been in the news lately--The American Leonardo by John Brewer.
LAKELAND, FL – Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello says the team must move past last year's late collapse, although the memory of watching the Minnesota Twins celebrate the AL Central championship can motivate the Tigers for 2010.
A 14-game winner as a rookie, Porcello will join other pitchers and catchers Friday for the Tigers' first official workout of spring training.
Only pitcher Jose Valverde and catchers Gerald Laird and Max St. Pierre had yet to arrive as of Thursday afternoon, and all are expected to be in camp by Saturday.
EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State women's basketball team cruised to a 64-43 win over Illinois last night at the Breslin Center, but the story of the night was senior Allyssa DeHaan breaking the NCAA Division I blocked shots record. DeHaan deflected a running shot by Lydia McCully along the baseline for 487th career block, surpassing St. Mary's junior Louella Tomlinson, who set the mark last Thursday.
Officials told state lawmakers Thursday that Detroit Police forensics personnel has neglected 12,000 rape examination kits dating back to the mid-1990s.
AUDIO: Democratic state Representative Richard Leblanc says he found out about the misplaced rape kits a couple of weeks ago. He says the kits were discovered in an unprocessed and unrecorded box, and he says that's unacceptable. But Leblanc also knows there isn't enough time or resources to process the kits.
Governor Granholm says she expects state lawmakers and the public will eventually accept that new revenue must be raised to balance next year's budget. She says efforts by House Democrats to draw up budget plans that rely only on spending cuts without new revenue will still be useful.