EAST LANSING, MI – Design students at Michigan State University will be part of a national "Red Carpet Green Dress" competition to develop a high-fashion Hollywood runway outfit that also promotes sustainability.
The contest is sponsored by actress Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of "Avatar" director James Cameron.
The contest's Web site says she'll pick the winning dress design and wear it "at one of Hollywood's largest film award celebrations" in early 2010.
UNDATED – Forecasters say occasionally heavy snow, stiff winds and frigid temperatures will greet Michigan residents near lakes Michigan and Superior as 2010 begins.
The National Weather Service says a foot of snow or more could fall by Saturday evening from Charlevoix to Manistee along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the northwest Lower Peninsula. Farther south, more than 8 inches was possible from Ludington to South Haven.
DETROIT – The Michigan Supreme Court is a new place since 2009, when a Democrat who defeated a Republican incumbent set in motion a series of rulings favoring injured people with damage claims and tightening judicial ethics.
One thing that hasn't changed is a bitter ideological split that has led to sharp attacks, ridicule and mockery by justices against their colleagues.
Conservative forces that dominated the court for a decade lost their 4-3 majority after the November 2008 election.
DETROIT – Brett Perlini, Dustin Gazley and Andrew Rowe each had a goal and assist to lead Michigan State to a 6-1 win over RPI on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe Louis Arena.
Chris Forfar, Dean Chelios and Jeff Petry also scored for the Spartans (14-6-2). Drew Palmisano made 19 saves.
MASON, MI – An Ingham County judge has denied a request to block Lansing city council member-elect Tina Houghton from taking office. A Lansing resident had petitioned the court earlier this month claiming Houghton is ineligible to serve on the council due to her delinquent property taxes.
LANSING, MI – Sweeping changes in Michigan education policy will be signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Monday.
The legislation recently passed by the Legislature will allow the state to take over districts that are performing poorly in academics. Charter school operators with good track records will be able to open new locations and the state's dropout age will rise from 16 to 18.
MADISON, WIS – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is joining the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Van Hollen filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday supporting Michigan's request for an injunction to close a Chicago canal that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River basin. The goal is to keep invasive big head and silver carp out of Lake Michigan.
Minnesota and Ohio have also filed a supportive brief.