LANSING, MI – Many Michigan voters think holding a convention to rewrite the state's 1963 constitution is a fine idea - until they learn what it might cost.
49% of 600 likely voters surveyed by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA said they'd vote to hold a constitutional convention if the question was on the ballot Monday. 35% said they'd vote "no" and 16% were undecided.
When told a convention could cost taxpayers $45 million, only 23% supported it. Seventy-one percent opposed it and 6% were undecided.
EAST LANSING, MI – Raymar Morgan scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half, helping No. 11 Michigan State build a big lead it used to beat Michigan 64-48 on Sunday and win a piece of the Big Ten title.
The Spartans (24-7, 14-4 Big Ten) shared the conference championship with Ohio State and Purdue, winning their second straight title and sixth under coach Tom Izzo.
DUNEDIN, FL – Randy Ruiz hit a grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays chased Jeremy Bonderman in the first inning of an 8-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Bonderman recorded just two outs and was charged with six runs and six hits. Jose Bautista connected for a leadoff homer, Ruiz went deep and Travis Snyder hit Bonderman's 36th and last pitch for a sacrifice fly.
Vernon Wells added a two-run homer in the second for Toronto.
CHICAGO – Pavel Datsyuk capped a five-goal second period and the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat Chicago 5-4 on Sunday, spoiling a hat track by the Blackhawks's Andrew Ladd.
Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jason Williams and Valtteri Filppula also scored in the second period for Detroit, which came back from a 2-0 deficit to win for the fourth time in five games. Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi each added a pair of assists.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 29 points to help the Detroit Pistons snap a six-game losing streak with a 110-107 overtime win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.
Richard Hamilton added 22 points for Detroit, while Kevin Martin had 27 points for Houston and Aaron Brooks scored 25. Martin and Brooks, though, both missed key 3-point attempts in the last 10 seconds of overtime.
Rodney Stuckey did not play, two days after collapsing on the bench during Detroit's loss in Cleveland.
DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of Michigan residents who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth are walking away from their homes, and their mortgages.
A report by credit reporting and consulting firm Experian-Oliver Wyman found that the number of Michigan residents who have engaged in such strategic defaults more than tripled between 2005 and 2008 - from 5,100 to 17,250.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she has not given up on winning federal school reform funds even though Michigan lost out in the first round of competing for Race to the Top money.
The governor says she was "shocked" and "disappointed" that Michigan failed to make the final cut. She says she doesn't know if Michigan's reforms didn't go far enough, or if opposition from teachers unions doomed the application.
LANSING, MI – Michigan will be getting nearly $155 million in federal money to help housing agencies assist homeowners.
The allocation detailed Friday is part of a program President Barack Obama announced last month. A total of $1.5 billion in federal rescue money will go to agencies in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada.
The money will go to local programs to help unemployed homeowners, borrowers who owe more than their home is worth, or to pay lenders to assist borrowers with second mortgages.