Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is expected to jump into the race for governor of Michigan next week.
AUDIO: Bernero is expected to make stops in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids Monday to announce he is seeking the Democratic nomination. He formed a campaign committee a couple weeks ago and has been talking to Democrats around the state about fundraising and organization. He has also set up a campaign headquarters.
College students would be able to postpone jury duty in Michigan under legislation introduced by a state lawmaker.
The bill detailed Thursday would allow full-time college students attending classes to be excused from serving as a juror during the school year. Students would be able to defer their summons to a later date.
The bill introduced by Democratic state Rep. Mark Meadows of East Lansing will be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee.
Most of the declared candidates hoping to replace Governor Granholm say her final State of the State speech was underwhelming. And they say that the governor failed to directly confront the problems facing the state.
Republican state Attorney General Mike Cox is running for governor.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has asked the U-S Supreme Court to reconsider its refusal to close a Chicago shipping canal. Cox wants the canal closed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
By Rick Pluta, Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm acknowledged that Michigan is in dire shape in her final State of the State address. But she says her economic policies have set Michigan up for a comeback, even if it won't happen on her watch.
The citizen group "A Better Michigan Future" wants to turn Michigan around by implementing a graduated income tax, cutting tax incentives for underperforming companies and expanding the state sales tax to services. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with group spokesman Lynn Jondahl.