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.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has issued executive orders combining two more state departments. It's part of a plan to shrink the size of state government during tight budget times.
AUDIO: The governor says the goal is to make state government smaller and more efficient as Michigan struggles economically. The state Department of Internet Technology will be folded into the Department of Management and Budget as of March 21.
ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University in suburban Detroit has been ordered to provide housing for a student whose learning disability prevents him from pursuing a traditional degree.
A school official claimed it would change campus culture. A judge, however, says Oakland is breaking federal law.
Micah Fialka-Feldman filed a lawsuit last year after Oakland said he could live on campus but then denied the request. He attends classes at Oakland but is not in a degree-granting program, typically a condition to live in a dorm.
DETROIT – A Detroit political consultant can leave his mother's home in Flint to prepare for a corruption trial, but there will be no bubbly to celebrate the new year.
A federal judge said Tuesday that Sam Riddle can move to a Detroit apartment. He was forced to leave a Detroit residence last week after being charged with domestic violence against his companion, Mary Waters.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is not satisfied with the leadership on his team, particularly from guard Kalin Lucas.
Izzo told Lucas he was not to practice Tuesday with the No. 11 Spartans (9-3) and should spend the time thinking about his leadership role. Izzo wants Lucas to take more responsibility for leading Michigan State.
Izzo says Lucas is not suspended. But it isn't yet known if the 2008-2009 Big Ten Player of the Year will be in Michigan State's lineup for Wednesday's game against Texas-Arlington.
ALLEN PARK, MI – The Detroit Lions say quarterback Matthew Stafford has undergone successful surgery on his right knee.
Stafford had what the Lions called minor surgery on Tuesday. He was placed on injured reserve last week after a physical exam revealed he wouldn't be ready to play in Sunday's season finale against Chicago.