LANSING, MI – The Repubican-controlled state Senate has released the remaining six budgets to Governor Granholm. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop met privately with Granholm last week and agreed to hand over the budgets, which deal with money for corrections, local government revenue sharing and Medicaid. The state is operating under a temporary budget which expires at the end of the month. Granholm will speak on these budgets, as well as her line-item vetoes to the K-12 schools budget this afternoon.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing School District says H1N1 flu vaccinations for students will begin Monday, November 2.
The Ingham County Health Department will conduct several clinics throughout the district through November 12. Lansing School District spokesperson Steve Serkaian says parents of younger children in particular need to be involved.
UNDATED – A Detroit Shock official says the WNBA team is moving to Tulsa, Okla.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because he was not authorized to make the announcement.
Detroit made its debut in the league in 1998 and won titles in 2008, 2006 and 2003. The Shock lost last month to the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference finals after rallying to earn a playoff spot.
LANSING, MI – Several hundred doctors rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against a tax on physicians. A proposed 3% tax on doctors' earnings would draw down three times as much in federal funds for Medicaid.
Doctor Cheryl Gibson Fountain treats Medicaid patients in Detroit. She says many Medicaid doctors don't believe they'll see big boosts in their rates. And she says the tax will discourage doctors from locating in Michigan.
LANSING, MI – Ingham County health officials say they're "very discouraged" by a recent poll that indicates few people may get vaccinated against the swine flu. On Monday a survey of 600 Michigan voters by Lansing polling firm EPIC/MRA showed only 30% have received or plan to get the H1N1 vaccine. Marcus Cheatham is a spokesman for the Ingham County Health Department. He says parents don't understand that H1N1 poses a greater threat to children than the seasonal flu.