LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council has approved the plan to manage its parks for the next five years. The 5-year master plan includes $2-million to reopen Crego Park which was closed in the 1980's. It also includes more spending on smaller, neighborhood parks. Council Member Carol Wood says the "pocket parks" are easy to overlook in tough budget times.
The director of the state Department of Corrections says eliminating the state's "boot camp" program as an alternative to incarceration would cost taxpayers more money than it would save. The program allows judges to sentence people who would otherwise go to prison to a 90-day program with intensive discipline and training. The state Senate version of the budget strikes out the program to save $11 million.
A six-week search has turned up no Asian carp in Chicago-area waterways beyond an electric barrier designed to keep the despised fish out of the Great Lakes.
Spokesman Chris McCloud of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Monday that biologists and commercial fishing teams have completed their search-and-destroy mission in a network of rivers and canals that open into Lake Michigan.
While the Legislature is on its spring break, Governor Granholm continues her efforts to persuade the public to support her budget plans. The governor was on MSNBC Monday to explain her proposal to raise more money for education. She wants to expand the state's sales tax so many services are taxed just like goods. She would lower the sales tax rate to five and a half percent.
ST. LOUIS – Raymar Morgan made a free throw with less than two seconds left to give Michigan State a 70-69 victory over Tennessee on Sunday and send the Spartans back to the Final Four for a second straight year.
J.P. Prince had one last chance for sixth-seeded Tennessee, but he fumbled the ball at halfcourt and his long shot at the buzzer never came close.
TAMPA, FL – The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees game Sunday was canceled because of rain in the bottom of the fourth inning.
With rain increasing in intensity, it appeared that Detroit manager Jim Leyland pulled his team off the field. As the Tigers were leaving the field, the umpires headed toward the Detroit dugout to talk with Leyland.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Flip Murray scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists, and the Chicago Bulls beat the hapless Detroit Pistons 110-103 on Sunday night.
The Pistons have lost eight straight and 15 of 17. The victory gave the Bulls, who are seven games under .500 against the rest of the NBA, their first season sweep of Detroit since the Michael Jordan-led team that won 72 games in 1995-96. They have now beaten the Pistons seven straight times.
The state Legislature's two-week spring break is not beginning as planned. Legislative leaders said committees would work through the break on budget issues. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, that plan is getting off to a slow start.