LANSING, MI – Immunization and common sense would help Michigan avoid serious outbreaks of two types of flu this coming season. That was the message from two state agencies Tuesday at a Lansing news conference.
ROCHESTER, MI – Classes at Oakland University remain canceled, but a statement on the suburban Detroit university's Web site said officials will be asking an Oakland County circuit court judge to order striking professors back to work.
WWJ-AM and WJBK-TV say talks between the professors' union and school officials broke off without an agreement early Tuesday morning.
About 18,000 students attend the public four-year school in Rochester.
LANSING, MI – The director of the state House Fiscal Agency says a statewide health care pool won't solve Michigan's budget problems.
Mitch Beam says if the Legislature passes House Speaker Andy Dillon's plan to pool the health care of all state workers and teachers, the savings will not be reflected in the 2010 budget. And he says it's impossible to know what the actual savings would eventually be without legislation drawn up with specific details.
East Lansing, MI – As Michigan State (1-0) prepares to take on in state rival Central Michigan (0-1), Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio believes it benefits the state of Michigan to have in-state schools face one another for many different reasons.
Central Michigan comes in to this game after a tough loss to Arizona 19-6 while Michigan State enters this match up with a 44-3 victory over Montana State.
LANSING, MI – Lansing public school teachers and students return to class today (Tuesday), only days after attaining an important federal learning standard for the first time.
State Education officials announced last week the district and almost all of its individual schools hit "Adequate Yearly Progress" targets. Don Weatherspoon is a former state education official who's worked closely with Lansing schools. He says to maintain AYP, Lansing teachers need to communicate clearly with their students.
LANSING, MI – The state Senate is expected to vote this week to extend tax credits for a plan to turn a shuttered Ford plant in Wixom into a green technology center.
The Republican-controlled Senate agrees with the Democratic House that the deal is a good use of tax credits. But the House turned down a Senate bill last week that called for more transparency with the Michigan Economic Development Corportation.
ALLEN PARK, MI – Matt Stafford has won the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback job.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz told his team Monday morning that the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft would start Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Stafford had been battling veteran Daunte Culpepper for the position, and Schwartz stressed it had been a case of Stafford winning the job instead of Culpepper losing it.
The Lions are coming off the first 0-16 season in NFL history.
SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks used two-run rallies in the fourth and fifth innings to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts 4-3 yesterday afternoon at The Cove, finishing off the 2009 regular season. Lansing finished the campaign with a franchise record for losses, topping the previous mark of 75 defeats set in 2001.