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.
The Republican-led Michigan Senate has approved a ban on texting while driving.
AUDIO: Last week the texting-while-driving bills appeared to stall in the state Senate over whether the crime should be a primary or secondary offense. Many lawmakers argue texting should start out as a secondary violation - meaning the driver would have to be pulled over for something else, first - and become a more serious violation in a few years.
A state House committee has approved a bill to name a commission that would recommend which state-owned trails are open to horseback riding.
AUDIO: Riders wearing boots and cowboy hats packed the committee room and applauded at the passage of the measure. They say horse and mule riders have been on the losing end of many arguments with skiers, snowmobilers, bikers and hikers as the state has shut down their access to trails