By Rick Pluta & Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm delivers her eighth and final State of the State address Wednesday night to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature. After that, it's up to lawmakers to determine the future of her 2010 agenda.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is preparing to deliver her final State of the State address this week, which will outline her plans to for tackle Michigan's challenges in her final 11 months in office.
President Obama's newly released budget requests $300 million to continue an environmental restoration program for the Great Lakes.
The total, announced Monday, is down from the $475 million Obama successfully sought last year. The Environmental Protection Agency blames the reduction on the poor economy but says the president remains committed to the Great Lakes initiative.
Lansing parent teacher groups are ramping up their use of social media to link others to their activities. Officers say three Lansing PTA chapters have created Facebook pages this school year. They expect another half-dozen within days.
John Hall is President of the Lansing Schools' District-Wide Advisory Council. He says social media offers access to constructive ideas from far beyond the area.
Ingham County health officials say the county continues to log the second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the state. In 2008, Ingham registered 148 infections for every 100,000 people. That trailed only Wayne County. Dr. Peter Gulick is an infectious disease specialist with the health department. He says the county does not have an unusually high rate, but that diagnostic efforts are more vigorous.
Campaign reports filed Monday with the state show how much money political candidates raised and how much they spent. This is the first indication of the fiscal viability of the campaigns.
Tom Shields is a Republican campaign consultant. He says it's going to be harder than usual in 2010 to get prospective donors to write checks. He says that means candidates will have to show they're spending money wisely, and connecting with voters.