GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for mid-Michigan from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. A quarter-inch of ice accumulation is possible as freezing rain and sleet are forecast from Thursday into Friday. Precipitation should turn to rain on Friday. Holiday travel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day could become hazardous.
LANSING, MI – Michigan continues looking for federal or out-of-state inmates to fill two recently shuttered prisons after reaching a deal with Pennsylvania to house 1,000 of its prisoners.
Michigan Corrections Department spokesman John Cordell said Tuesday reuse is possible for two prisons. They're the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility about 145 miles north of Detroit and Hiawatha Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm held her annual year-end meeting with reporters Tuesday at the state Capitol. The governor says times are dark right now, but she has high hopes for her last year in office.
LANSING, MI – The Board of Trustees at Lansing Community College has extended the contract of president Brent Knight by two years. His contract now runs through 2013. His pact now includes retirement compensation.
At a Monday meeting, the board evaluated Knight's performance. Knight became president at LCC on July first, 2008.
LCC enrolls 32,000 students each year and offers more than 240 degree and certificate programs.
LANSING, MI – Pennsylvania will help relieve a shortage of prison cells by sending a thousand inmates to Michigan. The inmates will be sent to a medium-security facility in Muskegon that would otherwise be closed next month.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court is jumping into a major dispute over how publicly appointed lawyers represent poor people accused of crimes.
The court has agreed to take an appeal in a case that challenges Michigan's public defender system.
Three counties - Berrien, Genesee and Muskegon - are accused of violating the constitutional rights of defendants through an underfunded system that encourages plea bargains, not a vigorous defense against crimes. The lawsuit names the state of Michigan as the main defendant.
HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is planning to send 2,000 inmates to facilities in other states to lessen crowded conditions in state prisons.
Prison system spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said Monday that within two months the inmates will be shipped to the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan and the Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham, Va.
Pennsylvania will be paying those states $62 per prisoner per day.