The state Legislature's two-week spring break is not beginning as planned. Legislative leaders said committees would work through the break on budget issues. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, that plan is getting off to a slow start.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers are on a two-week spring break. But House Speaker Andy Dillon says they will still being doing work.
When lawmakers wrapped up work last week, Governor Granholm said she was disappointed they had not gotten more accomplished on budget negotiations. Granholm's proposal to sweeten a retirement offer for public employees and teachers is still waiting for a deal between the House and Senate, and will have to wait until lawmakers return.
Federal prosecutors in Detroit say nine suspects tied to a Christian militia in the Midwest are charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because the Hutaree members were planning a violent reconnaissance mission sometime in April - just a few days away.
The governors of Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington state have sent a letter to the U.S. attorney general saying they oppose the lawsuit their attorneys general filed against the federal health care law.
All four governors are Democrats, while the attorneys general in the four states are Republicans. Thirteen attorneys general are involved in the lawsuit questioning the law's constitutionality.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says his daughter was close to one of two Lansing men whose deaths are being investigated as homicides.
Eighteen-year-old Darren Antonio Brown Jr. and 23-year-old Owen Wesley Goodenow died Thursday. Bernero, one of three Democrats running for governor, said at a Friday news conference that his younger daughter, Virginia, was close friends with Brown.