Lansing, MI – Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says a proposed multi-use facility for the building that now houses the state library and historical center would benefit downtown Lansing.
MSU is proposing a new state museum called the Center for Innovation and Reinvention. President Lou Anna Simon says the facility would combine the Historical Center collections with exhibits from the MSU Museum and also serve as a new headquarters for the Impression 5 Science Center.
GRAND LEDGE, MI – A national Medicare advocate says federal health care reform would strengthen the program. Max Richtman is an executive with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He says there's a misperception that reform would reduce benefits for seniors:
"Actually it's just the opposite," he says. "Without health care reform, seniors on Medicare are going to suffer. They're gonna pay more for their deductibles, premiums, co-payments they're gonna get less care "
LANSING, MI – Viewers statewide will have ringside seats as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget deal and avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown.
Michigan Government Television said Friday it will begin providing around-the-clock coverage Monday that will continue until 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The cable station usually is on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
LANSING, MI – Flags were at half-staff at state office buildings to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A small group of people gathered at the state Capitol to read the names of everyone who died in the attacks.
Friday was also a national day of service and remembrance by an act of Congress. In her weekly radio address, Governor Granholm says there are more than 100 service projects underway in Michigan.
OWOSSO, MI – A Michigan prosecutor says a man has been charged in the shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and a business owner and that he planned to kill a third man.
Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry says Harlan James Drake is accused of shooting 63-year-old James Pouillon and 61-year-old Mike Fuoss Friday morning. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Shiawassee County Sheriff George Braidwood says police are trying to determine the exact motive for the killing.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is to meet again Friday with legislative leaders to talk about the budget. The deadline for completing the budget or risking a state government shutdown is three weeks away.