MEMPHIS, TN – Richard Hamilton scored 25 points, Ben Gordon added 22, and the Detroit Pistons ran away from the Memphis Grizzlies 96-74 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
The two guards were a combined 17 of 31 from the floor, and that was after Hamilton started the game missing five of his first six shots.
Hamilton left the game after spraining his right ankle on a shot with just under 5 minutes to play. He hit one of the two ensuing free throws, then went straight to the dressing room on the next dead ball.
Lansing, MI – A new bill has been introduced in the state House that would restore the money recently cut from the state's 39 wealthiest school districts. That money was vetoed by Governor Granholm last week.
The Senate Appropriations Committee called for the House to overturn the governor's veto, but it would take a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to override Granholm's veto.
Lansing, MI – The state Senate Health Policy Committee opened hearings Wednesday on a package that regulates stem cell research at universities and publicly funded clinics. That research is allowed by an amendment to the state constitution that was approved last year by Michigan voters.
Supporters of the package say it will ensure that stem cell research is not used unethically or to try to pursue some type of human cloning.
MASON, MI – Ingham County has approved what commissioner Mark Grebner calls "the grimmest budget" adopted in the last 30 years. The 2010 budget eliminates 13 vacant positions in the sheriff's department. The board avoided laying off deputies, instead making the cuts through attrition.
The board rejected commissioner Andy Schor's motion to shift $7,000 from the youth commission to the county contingency budget. It also turned down a proposal to allocate money to keep Rayner Park open. The new budget takes effect January 1.
Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm says she will make more line-item vetoes to budgets late this week, before the temporary budget runs out on October 31st, and she is still urging Senate Republicans to approve new revenue to fill deep cuts already made to the K-12 budget.