LANSING, MI – The state of Michigan and a labor union for corrections staff have reached a tentative agreement on contract concessions that the union says gets about $8.2 million in savings from workers.
The state on Thursday announced the deal with the Michigan Corrections Organization. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by union members. The deal would extend the contract one year until Dec. 31, 2011.
LANSING, MI – A state House panel is discussing a plan that would expand the role of a school-reform officer. The position was created in the new "Race To The Top" law, but won't be filled until later this year. That officer will be allowed to take over the curriculums of failing schools.
EAST LANSING, MI – A recent poll shows more support for increasing Michigan's income and sales taxes after those surveyed had a chance to learn more about the state's economic challenges. Public television stations across Michigan--including WKAR-TV--will broadcast a program about the survey Monday night at 9 pm.
Social scientist James Fishkin is the creator of "deliberative" polling. He oversaw the event that is featured in PBS' "Hard Times, Hard Choices."
EAST LANSING, MI – Several of the Michigan State football players suspended from the Alamo Bowl because they were involved in an on-campus fight have been allowed to rejoin the team for some offseason activities.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that he will allow the legal process for those players to take its course. That could affect players' future status.
Seven players, in addition to two permanently kicked off the team, face misdemeanor assault charges related to a Nov. 22 fight with members of a campus fraternity.
EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers scored all but one of his 13 points in the first half and Kalin Lucas had 11 of his 14 in the second, helping No. 7 Michigan State hold off Minnesota for a 60-53 win on Wednesday night.
The Spartans (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) moved into a first-place tie with Illinois in the conference and will host the Fighting Illini on Saturday.
Lawrence Westbrook had 15 points and Damian Johnson scored 14 for the Golden Gophers (12-5, 3-2).