East Lansing, MI – Despite Michigan State's loss in the NCAA tournament semifinals, as many as 1,500 Spartan fans spent much Saturday night rallying behind their team.
MSU's dream of clinching its first national championship since 2000 died in a 52-50 nailbiter against Butler University that came down to the game's final seconds. When it was over, hundreds of people filled the streets of East Lansing's Cedar Village neighborhood.
Police were arresting some members of a large crowd of young people who gathered in East Lansing's Cedar Village neighborhood late Saturday night. The throng formed after Michigan State's loss earlier in the evening in the semi-final game of the NCAA basketball tournament. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports the situation was not out of control, as police in riot gear were out in force. Media reports of the estimated size of the crowd varied widely.
Eastern Michigan University says a 22-year-old student has died of injuries following an early-morning fire that gutted a rental home in Ann Arbor and injured two other people.
The school in nearby Ypsilanti said Renden LeMasters of Dexter died following the Saturday fire. He was a senior in the College of Technology. University President Susan Martin said in a statement his death was a "tragic loss."
East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - As the MSU community waits excitedly for Saturday's national NCAA semifinal game, the university and the city of East Lansing are warning would-be troublemakers to avoid disruptive behavior.
Governor Granholm uses her weekly radio address to praise Michigan's generous incentives to attract filmmakers. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, next week marks the second anniversary of the state offering film tax credits.
AUDIO: The governor says filmmakers have spent $348 million in Michigan over the past two years, and employed 6,700 people. She says 89 movies or TV shows have used Michigan as a backdrop.
Officials at the state Department of Education say they have started the process to put together a second application for federal Race To The Top money. Michigan lost out in the running for the first round.
AUDIO: Tennessee and Delaware made it to the top in the Race To The Top school-reforms competition. One of the key reasons those states were favored by the federal government was support from teachers unions.
Governor Granholm's office has confirmed that she was one of 30 governors who was sent a letter from an anti-government group demanding that she vacate her office. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the letter was turned over the State Police.