City of Lansing employees could have their work week cut to four days and wages capped at 36 hours under a budget plan unveiled by Mayor Virg Bernero Monday. The city is facing a $12-million budget gap. The plan also includes an early retirement option and consolidation of the city's maintenance garages. The Mayor present the 109-million dollar budget to city council Monday evening.
LANSING, MI – The Legislature could send a texting-while-driving ban to Governor Granholm's desk this week. Lawmakers have been negotiating the issue for weeks, and say they're close to a deal. A state Senate vote is expected Tuesday. And the House is expected to follow on Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused for a second time Michigan's request to shut down two Chicago-area shipping locks that connect the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes. Michigan argued emergency action is needed to ensure the invasive Asian carp does not escape into Lake Michigan.
DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Detroit turned up a small yet destructive beetle in a sea container from Jordan.
The agency says the khapra beetle was found March 12 in a shipment of melon seeds. The khapra beetle damages grain and cereal products, seeds, cottonseed meal, nut meats, dried fruits and other products.
The shipment was quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will oversee any treatment options on the shipment.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell says he's not quite sure what freshman star A'dia Mathies will do for an encore.
Mathies poured in a career-high 32 points on Saturday as the fourth-seeded Wildcats knocked off 13th-seed Liberty in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament. Kentucky plays fifth-seeded Michigan State on Monday.
SPOKANE, WA – Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a frantic finish and give injury-depleted Michigan State an 85-83 victory over Maryland on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
After star guard Kalin Lucas went down with a leg injury, the Spartans blew a 15-point lead in the second half. Greivis Vasquez's basket put fourth-seeded Maryland ahead 83-82 with 6 seconds left, but Michigan State inbounded immediately and pushed up the floor.