LANSING, MI – Michigan Supreme Court justices have adopted formal rules for stepping aside from cases if they have a conflict of interest.
The rules, approved 4-3 Thursday, let justices review another justice's decision not to step aside in some cases. Justices will have to step aside if they are biased or if there is an appearance of impropriety.
The court currently has an unwritten tradition of leaving it up to each justice to decide if he or she should step aside because of a conflict of interest.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Police is recalling 55 state troopers who had been laid off this summer to save money.
The state police director, Col. Peter Munoz, said Thursday in a release that just over half of the 100 troopers laid off June 28 would be back on the job starting by Nov. 16.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm had said Wednesday the state budget office needed a week to 10 days to go over the State Police budget the governor signed last week to make sure enough money was available to keep the troopers on the job.
LANSING, MI – Michigan officials say they've received reports this week of six more deaths from the swine flu, including a 6-month-old child.
The deaths announced Thursday are in addition to 16 since Sept. 1 that state health officials reported in a Monday update. Most of those who died from H1N1 complications had underlying health problems.
The state says Michigan has had 32 H1N1-related deaths this year, including 10 from April to September.
LANSING, MI – The state House has voted to dig further into Michigan's federal stimulus money to cushion schools from bigger budget cuts this year. But some lawmakers are questioning the wisdom of diverting money that's supposed to help schools balance their budgets next year.
UNDATED – WKAR's Morning Edition host Melissa Ingells speaks with the conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Muffitt, about the next Masterworks concert at Wharton Center. The program features Holst's "The Planets" and Poulenc's "Gloria." Melissa Ingells first asked Muffitt if the orchestra would perform all of "The Planets," with the caveat that Pluto hadn't been discovered yet when Holst was composing, and has since been demoted:
JACKSON, MI – There's a new candidate for Michigan's seventh Congressional District.
AUDIO: Republican Brian Rooney formally announced Thursday he's a 2010 candidate for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Schauer. First, Rooney will square off in the GOP primary against Republican Tim Walberg and others. Walberg supporters have called Rooney a 'carpetbagger,' claiming he recently moved into the district to run for office there. Rooney calls the comment "silly:"
TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, Chris Bosh scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 110-99 on Wednesday night.
Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points and Antoine Wright had 12 for the Raptors, who had lost seven of their previous eight games against the Pistons.
Toronto became the first team this season to score more than 100 points against Detroit, which came in second behind Boston in points allowed at 85.3.