More than half of the nearly 2,800 dealerships General Motors and Chrysler want to close are appealing those decisions. At least 1,550 dealers have filed the necessary paperwork and officials say the number could go higher.
The Republican-led Michigan Senate has approved a ban on texting while driving.
AUDIO: Last week the texting-while-driving bills appeared to stall in the state Senate over whether the crime should be a primary or secondary offense. Many lawmakers argue texting should start out as a secondary violation - meaning the driver would have to be pulled over for something else, first - and become a more serious violation in a few years.
A state House committee has approved a bill to name a commission that would recommend which state-owned trails are open to horseback riding.
AUDIO: Riders wearing boots and cowboy hats packed the committee room and applauded at the passage of the measure. They say horse and mule riders have been on the losing end of many arguments with skiers, snowmobilers, bikers and hikers as the state has shut down their access to trails
U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak says he won't seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor this year.
The congressman from Menominee made the announcement in a written statement released Tuesday morning.
Presumptive Democratic front-runner Lt. Gov. John Cherry withdrew his name earlier this month, opening up the race and drawing the attention of Democrats such as Stupak, House Speaker Andy Dillon, businesswoman and University of Michigan Regent Denise Ilitch, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and former state treasurer Robert Bowman.
LANSING, MI – A handful of protestors gathered Monday outside the South Side Community Center before Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's State of the City address. They were concerned with Bernero's commitment to the city.
The protesters held hand-drawn signs criticizing Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's consideration of a gubernatorial run.
"It says "Do your job, don't switch jobs," said Margo Aseltine.