DETROIT – An analysis by The Detroit Free Press has found that most of the federal stimulus funding that's reached Michigan has created few private-sector jobs.
The Free Press examined more than 1,800 awards to agencies, departments, municipalities and firms in Michigan under the stimulus act. It found that the biggest impact was spurring or protecting public-sector or summer jobs - not private-sector jobs.
Of the 22,513 stimulus jobs reported in Michigan, 13,555 were tied to state money for education, doled out to local school districts.
West Lafayette, Ind – WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes, and Michigan State overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Purdue 40-37 and become bowl eligible on Saturday.
B.J. Cunningham caught three passes for 92 yards and a score for the Spartans (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten).
Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott completed 39 of 55 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns. Keith Smith caught 15 passes for 152 yards and a TD for the Boilermakers (4-7, 3-4), who were eliminated from bowl contention.
LANSING, MI – Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers says he's "clearly disappointed" over Friday's decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammad and four others in a New York City federal court. Rogers says the trial belongs in a military courtroom:
"The best, safest thing to do would have been having military tribunals AT Guantanamo Bay where they can secure the facility, secure the space, secure--quite frankly--the prisoners."
LANSING, MI – A state Senate plan would let drivers buy a state park permit by tacking $10 onto the fee paid when they buy their annual license tabs. Supporters hope to generate more money for taking care of public parks and recreation areas. Money for that has been running short in recent years.
But the plan still faces a lot of opposition and could change significantly before it reaches Governor Granholm's desk.
Opponents say driver's fees should be used only for maintaining and fixing roads.
Lansing, MI – Utility crews in downtown Lansing spent a third day Friday decorating the official Michigan state Christmas tree. Workers from the Lansing Board of Water and Light are stringing colored lights on the 65-foot spruce, which arrived at the Capitol November 8 from Negaunee in the Upper Peninsula.