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.
UNDATED – The Detroit Tigers are looking to extend their six-game winning streak and their lead in the AL Central with three games in Kansas City. Standout rookie Rick Porcello will take the ball in today's opener against the woeful Royals, who will start Bruce Chen.
LANSING, MI – Ingham County Commissioners will hold a public hearing this week on the budget for the health department and other county services.
Commissioner Todd Tennis chairs the human services committee. He says federal stimulus money, along with funding from the state and private foundations, will allow the health department to get through 2010 relatively intact.
But Tennis says in 2011, revenues from property taxes are expected to drop dramatically, while costs continue to rise.
Lansing, MI – Volunteers in Lansing are forming a new labor advocacy organization that aims to help workers protect themselves from abusive practices on the job.
Members of the Lansing Workers Center say one of their top priorities is to prevent wage theft -- instances when an employer illegally withholds a worker's pay or benefits. They say they're willing to negotiate with companies, but add they'll also use embarrassment tactics and litigation if necessary.
LANSING, MI – Librarians opposed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's plan to dismantle the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries will rally Thursday near the state Capitol in Lansing on the eve of a deadline to kill the measure.
They tell The Grand Rapids Press that dispersing the department's functions among a half-dozen other state agencies makes questionable financial sense while dealing a heavy blow to invaluable public resources.
Grand Rapids Public Library Director Marcia Warner says the moves would create lots of new expenses.
LANSING, MI – The chairmen of the state Senate and House education committees will meet with the school board this week in Lansing. They are expected to pitch their ideas for major statewide education reform.
The meeting won't produce any decisions or votes on reform, but it will kick off a process to find middle ground on the House and Senate plans.
House Education committee chairman Tim Melton says, "It's just to lay out our visions and see where they stand on some of this stuff."