LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Around 30 governmental, educational and civic figures sat down Tuesday in Lansing to talk about race and ethnicity.
AUDIO: Lansing's Foster Community Center was the site of Tuesday afternoon's "root beer summit." Harold Core is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which helped organize about a dozen such gatherings around the state. He says regional economic development in Michigan means creating a diverse workforce.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Film Office says 82 projects have been filmed in the state since April 2008, when it introduced tax incentives that are among the nation's most generous.
Spokesman Ken Droz from the film office said Tuesday that 47 of those projects are from 2009. The TV pilots, documentaries, reality projects and feature films and represent a total expenditure of $216 million so far this year.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will begin a tour of college campuses later this week. She is urging students to pressure legislative Republicans to support funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship.
The tobacco settlement money that used to fund the scholarships was diverted to fill budget holes over the objections of Governor Granholm and other Democrats.
LANSING, MI – The state Department of Corrections says taxpayers would save more than $100 million a year if prisoners were paroled earlier for good behavior.
A House panel is discussing a set of bills that would allow prisoners to collect good-behavior credits to reduce their minimum-sentences. Many prosecutors say that would be unfair to victims who find peace-of-mind in violent offenders serving the entire sentences given to them.
A state board has approved tax credits to help ensure that General Motors keeps its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Company officials told the Michigan Economic Growth Authority that without the tax break, the company might have to move its headquarters out of the city. The deal calls for GM to keep at least 2,500 of the four thousand workers employed at its world headquarters.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will visit Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday as part of her campaign to get the Legislature to vote for new revenue. She says the state is cutting too deeply into funding for K-12 schools and college scholarships.
ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't sure how many players his team will be missing Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Several Lions players were injured in a 27-10 loss to Minnesota, but he only had a definitive status on defensive back Jack Williams on Monday afternoon. Williams suffered a "significant" knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, and will be placed on injured reserve.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State's men's basketball team squares off against Gonzaga tonight as one of the featured matchups in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It'll be a game between two of the most successful basketball programs of the last decade. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Bulldogs since the epic triple-overtime showdown at the 2005 Maui Invitational. Game time is 8 p. m. at Breslin Center.