Michigan's 15 public universities would escape a cut in funding from the state in the next fiscal year under terms of a budget bill advancing in the Democratic-run state House.
The bill approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee would maintain current funding levels for university operations in the budget year that starts Oct. 1. The bill could come up for a vote on the House floor as early as this week.
Around 500 non-tenured faculty have ratified a tentative contract with Michigan State University.
AUDIO: The new pact would offer a three-year contract to non-tenured faculty with ten semesters of teaching in six years--not counting summers. Andy Corner chairs the group's bargaining committee. He says the agreement will offer more job security because past contracts often have covered a year or less.
The state police budget is headed into negotiations between the state House and Senate. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, a key difference is whether to add a five-dollar fee to traffic tickets.
AUDIO: The proposal from House Democrats included an additional five-dollar fee on traffic tickets, which would generate a few million dollars. That would help pay for crime labs, state troopers and state Capitol security.
Governor Granholm was at a White House ceremony where President Obama unveiled a plan to help manufacturers expand into new industries. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the governor says the proposal would help auto suppliers in Michigan and across the country access up to $2 billion in loans.
ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan had to respond by Monday to the NCAA after it alleged the Rich Rodriguez-led football program committed as many as five major violations.
Athletic director David Brandon said last week there would be "total transparency" when the school releases its report on Tuesday. The report likely will include self-imposed sanctions, which could include a loss of scholarships and a cutback in practice time.
The biggest musical event of the summer has been put off, as U2 has postponed its entire summer concert tour. That includes the scheduled June 30th performance at Michigan State University's Spartan Stadium.
Singer Bono recently underwent emergency back surgery, and has been ordered to undergo at least eight weeks of recuperation.
The U2 website reports that the 16 summer concerts planned by the band will be rescheduled in 2011.
Ticketholders are being encouraged to keep their tickets.