UNDATED – Former Genesee County Treasurer Dan Kildee has officially exited the race for Michigan governor this morning. Democratic Party sources say the reason is the United Auto Workers union is about to endorse Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the primary. Kildee was counting on union support in his bid for the nomination. State House Speaker Andy Dillon and state Representative Alma Wheeler Smith are also running for the Democratic nomination.
EAST LANSING, MI – Raymar Morgan and Kalin Lucas made key free throws late to help No. 11 Michigan State pull out a 67-65 victory over Penn State on Thursday night, keeping the Spartans in the hunt for a share of the Big Ten title.
Morgan, who finished with 16 points, hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to give Michigan State (23-7, 13-4) a 66-62 lead.
Chris Babb hit a 3-pointer for Penn State (11-18, 3-14) to cut the lead to 66-65. Lucas made one of two foul shots for a 67-65 lead with 5 seconds remaining.
LANSING, MI – The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court told lawmakers Thursday that budget cuts are threatening the effectiveness of the judicial system.
AUDIO: Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly says budget cuts are already compromising some of the duties of the courts. "The less money that's available, the harder it is to meet the mandates," she says. "The mandates stay the same but the money shrinks, so naturally it puts us in a terrible pinch."
Michigan has failed to make it to the final round in the competition for as much as a half-billion dollars in school-reform funds. Lawmakers worked feverishly through December to complete a school reform package to qualify for the funds. The reforms include making it easier for charter schools to compete with traditional schools that have high dropout rates or low test scores. And teachers will now be evaluated based on students performances.
DUNEDIN, FL – Jeremy Bonderman pitched two shutout innings after missing most of last season with circulatory problems in his right shoulder and Mike Rabelo hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run the ninth to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bonderman allowed one hit and struck out three, including Adam Lind and Vernon Wells after putting Toronto's first two runners on in the first inning. Tigers third baseman Brent Dlugach homered off Ricky Romero in the second inning.
NEW YORK – Bill Walker was one of four Knicks with 20-plus points, scoring a career-high 22 in his first career start, and New York handed the Detroit Pistons their fifth straight loss with a 128-104 victory Wednesday night.
Al Harrington scored 26 for the Knicks, who won for just the second time in 12 games and clinched the season series for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Humiliated while trailing by as much as 49 points in a loss at Cleveland on Monday, New York was the team having fun this time.