LANSING, MI – Political and business leaders are heading to northern Michigan's Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference.
The three-day conference starts Wednesday and will feature speeches by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Turin, Italy, mayor Valentino Castellani.
The five Republican and two Democratic gubernatorial candidates will join for a Thursday debate.
DETROIT – Thunderstorms that raced across Michigan have knocked down trees, bringing scattered floods and blacking out at least 43,000 utility customers.
CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy division says Monday's storms knocked out electrical service to about 22,000 of its customers. It says full restoration isn't expected until Tuesday night because of the widely scattered damage to its lines.
DTE Energy Co.'s Detroit Edison unit says about 21,000 of its home and business customers lost power but says service was being quickly restored.
LANSING, MI – The debate over large fireworks that are currently illegal in Michigan continues at the state Capitol. The proposal from House Democrats would allow for the sale of larger fireworks in the state, but would exclude roadside tents and very small businesses from selling them.
Republican state Senator Alan Sanborn says that's not fair to those businesses, or to Michigan's big-box retailers that set up outdoor tents.
LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered that U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff and half-mast for the morning on Memorial Day.
Granholm has ordered flags lowered Monday until noon, when they should be raised to the top of the staff or mast.
Granholm says she wants Michigan residents to remember the meaning and importance of Memorial Day by honoring military members from the state and across the country who gave their lives in defending democracy and freedom.
SOUTH BEND, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts received three solo home runs in a 4-3 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks yesterday afternoon at Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium. The Nuts and Hawks play the finale game of their four-game series at 7:00 p. m. tonight.