BELOIT, WI – The Lansing Lugnuts pounded out 16 hits while limiting the Beloit Snappers to just four hits, completing a three-game sweep with a 10-1 victory yesterday afternoon at Pohlman Field. The Lugnuts open up a six-game homestand today with the opener of a three-game series against Clinton at 7:05 p. m. at Oldsmobile Park.
EAST LANSING, MI – State officials say two exotic diseases that attack blueberry plants have been identified in Michigan for the first time.
Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said Monday in a statement that blueberry shock and blueberry scorch could cause "significant losses" to producers but are not threats to food safety or human health.
Blueberry shock was identified at a Michigan State University research station in Fennville and blueberry scorch virus was discovered at a west Michigan farm.
ANN ARBOR, MI – Practice rounds are underway in Grand Blanc for the Buick Open.
This is the 45th year for the professional golfing tournament near Flint, and it may be the last. Tournament and PGA officials won't comment on reports GM is dropping its longtime sponsorship of the event.
Jerry Preston is the president of the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He says it's too soon to start planning for a tournament without GM.
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats say Michigan needs tougher energy standards to attract renewable energy businesses to the state. The lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would require 30% of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2025.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed an agreement with seven other governors to work together to build a high-speed rail line. The train would travel from Detroit and Pontiac to Chicago and other Midwestern cities.
EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has picked up another pair of critical endorsements for his reelection bid. The Lansing School's Education Association and a local Political Action Committee of the Michigan Education Association made the endorsements today. Marc Thomas is with the MEA's Capital Area PAC:
"His work in promoting safety in the schools is just one example of something directly he can do, but he can also really set the tone for a strong educational environment in the city of Lansing," he said.
CHICAGO – Several Midwest governors are meeting in Chicago to talk high-speed trains.
Eight Midwest states have cooperated closely for months to promote a regional high-speed rail network with Chicago as its hub.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and other governors attending what's billed as a Midwest High Speed Rail Summit are expected to lobby again Monday for a cut of $8 billion in federal stimulus cash for such projects.
ROMULUS, MI – A memo obtained by the Detroit Free Press shows the operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport warns many of the 120 businesses in the facility's terminals could close if they don't receive some assistance.
The newspaper reports Monday the Wayne County Airport Authority has developed a hardship plan that would defer payment of a portion of the fees the airport charges businesses.
Retail sales at the McNamara Terminal from October 2008 through January of this year were down 17 percent to 40 percent from the year-ago period.