DETROIT – Johan Franzen had a natural hat trick in a 3:26 span of the first period, scored a fourth goal in the third, and set a Red Wings playoff record with six points as Detroit stayed alive with a 7-1 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
San Jose will host Game 5 on Saturday night with another chance to advance to hockey's final four for the second time in franchise history.
The Michigan Court of Appeals is allowing the state-appointed Detroit schools emergency financial manager to take control of the district's academic operations. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, parents and school employees from Detroit were also at the state Capitol to stage a sit-down protest.
The owner of a controversial medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing says his business is unfairly threatened by a provision in the city's pending medical marijuana ordinance.
Earlier this week, city officials revealed the first draft of a measure to regulate medical marijuana in the city. Among other provisions, it calls for criminal background checks for the operators of marijuana dispensaries.
DETROIT – Fans have been invited to Comerica Park to pay their final respects to cherished broadcaster Ernie Harwell, whose love of the game enriched the Detroit Tigers' successes and soothed the pain of losing.
The stadium opened at 7 a.m. Thursday to allow fans to view the body of Harwell, who died Tuesday of cancer at age 92. The Tigers said the viewing would continue until the last fan had said goodbye.
The Michigan Legislature has passed a bill that would give high school students more options to avoid taking algebra II and still graduate.
The bill would let students substitute a statistics or data analysis class in place of the advanced algebra class. The legislation passed the House by a 104-3 vote and passed the Senate by a 32-3 vote on Thursday.
The legislation now goes to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her consideration. Granholm's administration has resisted changes to the graduation standards.
By Quinn Klinefelter, Michigan Public Radio Network
Members of a Michigan-based militia accused of plotting to overthrow the government were ordered to remain in custody Thursday only moments before they were to be freed on bond. MPRN's Quinn Klinefelter reports that federal officials argue the militia could still target police officers.
Michigan lawmakers remain stalled in their attempts to reach compromise on a proposed public school employee retirement incentive package.
The Senate and House ended voting for the day late Thursday afternoon, meaning no votes could be taken on a plan until next week. Negotiators from the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-run House continued meeting in efforts to reach a deal with the help of Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
A federal appeals court has stopped the release of nine jailed Michigan militia members accused of conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued an emergency stay Thursday morning.
The nine were expected to be returned to U.S. District Court in Detroit to be processed before being released until trial but the appeals court keeps them in jail. The defense has until 5 p.m. to respond.