LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials will operate fewer check stations to monitor deer hunting this fall.
It's another sign of state government's budget problems. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it doesn't have the money to run as many check stations as it has in the past.
The department plans to close more than half of its 125 check stations and operate the remaining stations only during the Nov. 15-30 firearms season. A final list of open stations and hours will be established in the coming months.
DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant is going to federal court for his first appearance on corruption charges.
Sam Riddle is charged in two indictments with receiving and delivering bribes. Authorities say he conspired with a now-former Detroit City Council member, Monica Conyers, to shake down businesses in exchange for favors.
Riddle is due in federal court in Detroit at 1 p.m. Thursday. On Twitter.com, he says it's a "start of a legal battle" to affirm his innocence.
EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR's Under the Radar segment this month is REALLY under the radar. It's a book from a German author who was well-known about 70 years ago during World War II. Lev Raphael reviews Hans Fallada's "Every Man Dies Alone."
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm spent much of Thursday huddled behind closed doors with her budget team and legislative leaders. They're trying to decide how much to cut, and how much federal stimulus funding they'll use to balance the budget.
The budget for the coming fiscal year has a deficit officially pegged at $1.8 billion. In reality, tax collections are flagging, so the deficit's probably even bigger.
Michigan Public Radio Network – The Michigan Legislature is taking another break after returning this week from a two week summer recess. The state House held a procedural roll call Thursday, but regular session was canceled for both the House and the Senate.
AUDIO: In the empty House chamber there was just one name flagged "present" on the attendance board of more than a hundred state representatives.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court says state welfare workers followed the rules when they removed an American Indian child from her mother's home, and asked a court to terminate her parental rights.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Court of Appeals is allowing a lawsuit to go forward against a Detroit hospital and two of its doctors for failing to report a suspected case of child abuse.
AUDIO: The sister of Rufus Lee Junior is suing the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and two of its doctors. The lawsuit says the doctors and, by extension, the hospital are liable for failing to report cuts and bruises on the boy.