East Lansing, MI – Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) remained unbeaten in Big Ten play by holding off Iowa's furious comeback bid in a 70-63 victory Wednesday night.
The Spartans led by 19 midway through the second half before Iowa got back into it. Matt Gatens hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 left to cut the deficit to 64-61, but the Hawkeyes couldn't get any closer.
A Republican-led state senate panel has approved a set of bills that aim to tighten restrictions around embryonic stem cell research. Supporters of the bills say there needs to be more regulations in place that ensure ethical practices, especially in clinics outside of research universities.
Senator Tom George chairs the Senate Health Policy Committee. He opposed the ballot proposal allowing embryonic stem cell research. But he says his goal is not to outlaw the research.
Michigan's jobless rate was stable in December at 14.6%. That's a drop of one-tenth of a percentage point from the November rate.
AUDIO: The state Department of Labor and Economic Growth says the slight drop in the rate was the result of fewer people looking for jobs in December. There were 701,000 people in Michigan looking for work last month.
Democratic state Senator Gretchen Whitmer has dropped out of the state attorney general race. She was considered the toughest Democratic contender against prospective GOP candidates Bill Schuette and Mike Bishop.
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says he does not agree with Whitmer's politics. But he says she is one of the strongest members of the Democratic party.
LANSING, MI – Responding to concerned callers, officials at Lansing Capital Region International Airport say a jet circling the airport this afternoon is part of a training exercise. Delta Airlines is conducting pilot and crew training with the jet, a Boeing 767.
State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has pulled out of the race for Michigan attorney general.
Whitmer was considered by many Democrats to be a near shoo-in to win the nomination at the party's convention this coming summer. She had also raised a respectable $200,000 in campaign funds.
But Whitmer says she found the rigors of a statewide race were taking too much time away from her six- and seven-year-old daughters. Whitmer says she will instead seek re-election to her state Senate seat.
WASHINGTON – Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel scored 46 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals past the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Backstrom erased a 2-1 Red Wings lead by taking Alex Ovechkin's pass and skating by Brad Stuart in the left circle before beating Chris Osgood from close range on a power play with 6:45 left. Steckel's fourth goal, a deflection of Alexander Semin's shot, put Washington ahead less than a minute later.
The state Senate Health Policy Committee is poised to vote Wednesday on new restrictions surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Voters lifted a ban on state-funded embryonic stem cell research in 2008.