LANSING, MI – Sophomores in Michigan's high schools will soon be able to alter their graduation requirements if they struggle to pass math courses.
The "Personal Curriculum" is a small measure not often discussed in a large package of reforms approved by the state Legislature. That's because it didn't deal with big, controversial issues such as charter schools or the drop-out age.
But state Representative Doug Geiss says he hopes "Personal Curriculum" helps raise the state's graduation rate.
DETROIT – A judge has ruled Detroit must reimburse the Detroit Free Press for most of the newspaper's legal fees in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit related to the text message scandal involving ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. ruled Wednesday the paper prevailed in about 80 percent of its requests.
The paper sought about $666,000 in fees and costs, but Colombo said some expenses wouldn't be allowed. Free Press lawyer Herschel Fink plans to meet with the city to recalculate the bill.
LANSING, MI – Students in the Class of 2016 will be the first Michigan graduates required to stay in school until they are 18. Legislators approved a measure in the "Race To The Top" education reform package that would raise the drop-out age from 16 to 18.
Democratic state Representative Doug Geiss sponsored the measure to increase the drop-out age. He's been trying for awhile to push that legislation through, but Senate Republicans have traditionally opposed the measure.
DETROIT – Antti Niemi made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and his career, and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, which also shut out Detroit 3-0 on Sunday night in Chicago behind Cristobal Huet.
Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for Detroit, which has gone 2 hours, 21 minutes without a goal.
DETROIT, MI – A U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows Michigan's overall population fell below 10 million for the first time since 2000 and the state is one of just three to lose residents.
The population estimate released Wednesday finds the state lost 32,759 people between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009. It's the fourth consecutive annual population loss for the manufacturing-dependent state that's seen more than 500,000 residents leave since 2001.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's bleak state budget situation likely will continue in the fiscal year that starts in October 2010.
The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency projects that tax revenue will continue to fall largely because of Michigan's struggling economy. A report released Tuesday estimates that the state's general fund and school aid fund combined could be more than $1.8 billion short for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The report says state officials will have to make "very significant" spending cuts unless state taxes are increased.
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats say they will continue to push for new revenue when they return to Lansing in January. Some lawmakers still want to restore money cut from the K-12 schools budget.
AUDIO: House Speaker Andy Dillon made a final attempt to woo Senate Republicans into approving a revenue plan in the waning hours of the 2009 session. He proposed a tax hike on some tobacco products and a freeze on the personal tax exemption.