Members of Congress say they'll seek $20 million to study using poisons to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Securing the money was among several steps agreed on by lawmakers from the Great Lakes region during a meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, who hosted the session, tells The Associated Press the bipartisan group did not resolve a disagreement over whether to close shipping locks and gates at Chicago that could give the carp a pathway to Lake Michigan.
Michigan's local government leaders want changes to the state's labor contract arbitration laws in hopes of saving police and fire department jobs.
Michigan Municipal League representatives told the Senate Reforms and Restructuring Committee on Wednesday that a community's ability to pay should be a key factor guiding arbitrators' binding decisions in contract disputes. They say some cities have faced arbitration decisions they can't afford and the ripple effect leads to public safety layoffs.
Democrats and Republicans at the state Capitol are headed off on separate retreats for the rest of the week. The Legislature won't meet again until next week, before Governor Granholm delivers her state-of-the-state address.
AUDIO: Democrats at the state Capitol are meeting up north. And House Speaker Andy Dillon says there's only one topic they will really discuss.
More than half of the nearly 2,800 dealerships General Motors and Chrysler want to close are appealing those decisions. At least 1,550 dealers have filed the necessary paperwork and officials say the number could go higher.