The Republican-led state Senate failed to block a 3% pay raise for state employees. The measure would save the state nearly $50 million.
AUDIO: Nearly all of the Senate Republicans voted to freeze state worker salaries at current levels. But the GOP needed a two-thirds majority to pass the measure. All but one Democrat opposed the Republican proposal.
Michigan State University researchers says they've devised a formula that better targets potential victims of lead poisoning.
AUDIO: Right now, health officials aim to test entire ZIP codes if they're classified as high risk. MSU social scientist Stan Kaplowitz points out that East Lansing's 48823 is 'high risk' because of small pockets of older housing. He says his method uses census data to identify these smaller areas that are most at risk.
LANSING, MI – The state's popular Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign would get a short-term boost through legislation overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.
A bill approved 37-1 Wednesday would reallocate $9.5 million in use taxes to a fund for the campaign this budget year. The bill, which now advances to the House, would raise total Pure Michigan funding for this budget year to about $15 million.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration has sent state lawmakers the first draft of legislation that would regulate wind turbines in the Great Lakes. It's the next step in the process of allowing offshore wind generators that could one day dot the Great Lakes shorelines.