DETROIT – A judge has thrown out the 2001 murder conviction of a Detroit man after law students discovered evidence that wasn't shared with him at trial.
Dwayne Provience could be released from custody Tuesday when his family posts bond. Prosecutors agreed with his lawyers to ask Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny to set aside the second-degree murder conviction.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's budget chief say Michigan is facing another budget deficit in the coming fiscal year of $1.4 billion. The governor will present her plan for balancing that budget early next year.
DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. says its October sales rose 4.7% over the same month last year, a sign that the U.S. auto market was starting a slow recovery from its yearlong slump.
The nation's largest automaker said it sold 176,632 light vehicles last month, up about 13 percent from September sales. That's when nearly all automakers reported dismal numbers because the government's Cash for Clunkers rebates pulled September buyers into July and August.
LANSING, MI – Heading into this election day, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope had projected that 25% of eligible voters in the city would cast ballots. That would match the turnout of the 2005 mayoral election.
After checking in with poll locations around the city this morning, he expects that number to hold up.
"We do an 11 o'clock call-around to our precincts, and tracking that against a couple of other elections, I think we're on track for 25-percent turnout."
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers must approve education-system reforms before the end of the year to be eligible for federal school-improvement dollars. The state House Education Committee will take testimony this week from a group that will tell the legislators what the state needs to do to qualify for the money.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's official state Christmas tree has grown for 65 years in the western Upper Peninsula.
The 63-foot spruce will be cut down Wednesday in a neighborhood in Bergland about 30 miles east of Ironwood and 20 miles south of the Porcupine Mountains. The tree will stand in front of the state Capitol in Lansing starting Saturday.
Josh and Amanda Lopac agreed to provide the tree that stands on their side lawn.
It will be lit Nov. 20 at Lansing's Silver Bells in the City celebration.
WASHINGTON, DC – Government investigators say the U.S. government is unlikely to recover all of its investment in General Motors or Chrysler because the companies' value would need to "grow substantially ab ove what they have been in the past."
A Government Accountability Office report released Monday is the latest review to cast doubt on the likelihood that taxpayers will fully recoup more than $80 billion invested in the two U.S. automakers.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm resumes her campaign Monday to convince the public and the Legislature to raise revenue for schools and other services that she says are too crucial to cut. She has stops scheduled in Traverse City and Saginaw.