LANSING, MI – A group of Lansing-area middle school students will be competing in a unique challenge of math, science and ancient weaponry. The kids will be firing trebuchets they built with the help of Michigan State University and Impression 5 Science Center.
State lawmakers will return next week to negotiations on a plan to encourage thousands of veteran teachers to retire. The plan would help school districts save money as they face big budget challenges. But the Legislature has already plowed through several deadlines to get the job done. And some people say it may already be too late for the plan to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs and cuts to services for students.
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.