State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has pulled out of the race for Michigan attorney general.
Whitmer was considered by many Democrats to be a near shoo-in to win the nomination at the party's convention this coming summer. She had also raised a respectable $200,000 in campaign funds.
But Whitmer says she found the rigors of a statewide race were taking too much time away from her six- and seven-year-old daughters. Whitmer says she will instead seek re-election to her state Senate seat.
WASHINGTON – Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel scored 46 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals past the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Backstrom erased a 2-1 Red Wings lead by taking Alex Ovechkin's pass and skating by Brad Stuart in the left circle before beating Chris Osgood from close range on a power play with 6:45 left. Steckel's fourth goal, a deflection of Alexander Semin's shot, put Washington ahead less than a minute later.
The state Senate Health Policy Committee is poised to vote Wednesday on new restrictions surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Voters lifted a ban on state-funded embryonic stem cell research in 2008.
Voters in Michigan may soon have to decide if all public employees and teachers should take a five percent pay cut. A new Senate GOP plan for major governmental reforms would call for a pay cut that would last three years. The measure would require an amendment to the state constitution, and a public vote in November.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the pay cut would prevent more layoffs of state and local employees.
Governor Granholm is calling for a White House summit of Great Lakes governors to try and hammer out a solution that would ensure the Asian carp does not reach Lake Michigan. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused Michigan's emergency request to close the Chicago shipping canal to keep the carp out of the Great Lakes.
The Asian carp can grow to four-feet long and 100 pounds. It crowds out other species by devouring all the food.
A group of Democratic lawmakers say members of the state Legislature should not be given lifetime health care benefits. They say getting rid of politicians' lifetime benefits would save taxpayers $5 million.
State Senator Gretchen Whitmer says the measure would not make a significant dent in the budget deficit of almost $2 billion. But she says it's still an important symbolic gesture.
Michigan has sent in its application for up to $400 million for schools through the federal Race to the Top competition.
Applications are due Tuesday.
Michigan's application was signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan and State Board of Education President Kathleen Straus. Most local school districts endorsed the state's plan but their local unions did not.
NEW YORK – Nate Robinson showed his game is much more than dunks, scoring 27 points Monday to lead the New York Knicks to a 99-91 victory and a split of a home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons.
Chosen earlier in the day to defend his slam dunk title at All-Star weekend, Robinson made five 3-pointers, one during a 7-0 spurt that started the fourth quarter and gave the Knicks the lead for good.
A woman has received the keys to a new home in a small Detroit-area city as Hamtramck works to solve a discrimination case that began in the 1960s.
A judge found Hamtramck had violated the civil rights of blacks by destroying housing in the name of urban renewal. In 1980, the city agreed that 200 units of family housing would be developed to make up for what happened.