President Obama's newly released budget requests $300 million to continue an environmental restoration program for the Great Lakes.
The total, announced Monday, is down from the $475 million Obama successfully sought last year. The Environmental Protection Agency blames the reduction on the poor economy but says the president remains committed to the Great Lakes initiative.
Lansing parent teacher groups are ramping up their use of social media to link others to their activities. Officers say three Lansing PTA chapters have created Facebook pages this school year. They expect another half-dozen within days.
John Hall is President of the Lansing Schools' District-Wide Advisory Council. He says social media offers access to constructive ideas from far beyond the area.
Ingham County health officials say the county continues to log the second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the state. In 2008, Ingham registered 148 infections for every 100,000 people. That trailed only Wayne County. Dr. Peter Gulick is an infectious disease specialist with the health department. He says the county does not have an unusually high rate, but that diagnostic efforts are more vigorous.
Campaign reports filed Monday with the state show how much money political candidates raised and how much they spent. This is the first indication of the fiscal viability of the campaigns.
Tom Shields is a Republican campaign consultant. He says it's going to be harder than usual in 2010 to get prospective donors to write checks. He says that means candidates will have to show they're spending money wisely, and connecting with voters.
Michigan State University students are being urged today to comply with the U-S Census this year.
AUDIO: That request was made to students passing by The Rock on the MSU campus by members of a group promoting the census. East Lansing mayor Victor Loomis stopped by to reinforce the message that the population count is important to the city.
Organizer Lindsay Bacigalupo says students have much to gain from being counted.
POTTERVILLE, MI – A lengthy weekend fire has claimed more than a hundred years of history in downtown Potterville.
Flames broke out late Saturday night at an apartment in the mid-Michigan community. By the time the fire was under control mid-Sunday morning, 2 antique shops, a bookstore and a Masonic lodge were destroyed.
Denny Schalow, who lives nearby, tells WILX-TV "the whole town is going to feel the results of this for awhile."
No one was seriously hurt in the fire, and the cause hasn't been determined.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – J.J. Redick scored 17 points and Dwight Howard overcame free-throw problems to put up 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the struggling Detroit Pistons 91-86 Sunday night.
The victory means Orlando's Stan Van Gundy will coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game Feb. 14 in Arlington, Texas.
PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby scored in regulation and the shootout and the Penguins overcame Jimmy Howard's second successive 46-save game to beat the Red Wings 2-1 on Sunday in the rivals' first game since Pittsburgh won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in Detroit.