LANSING, MI – The Michigan Legislature has ended a year-long standoff by adopting a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, offices, factories and most other workplaces. Governor Granholm says she will sign the bill.
AUDIO: Applause broke out on the House floor when the final vote was announced.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has reversed her order to cut school funding by $127 per student. But she says that does not mean the threat of cuts to schools is passed.
Looming cuts to K-12 schools were the centerpiece of the governor's arguments that the Legislature has to come up with more revenue. But, the governor says a windfall of property tax payments helped avert the cuts at the last minute. School officials expressed relief that they don't have to lay off more teachers or close buildings.
LANSING, MI – The state Senate has adopted a statewide ban on smoking in all Michigan workplaces except for trucks, home offices, tobacco shops, cigar bars and Detroit's casinos. The Senate rejected a total ban on workplace smoking. The House is expected to concur with the Senate version and send it to Governor Granholm.
LANSING, MI – Mid-Michigan and federal officials are spreading the word on the importance of next year's census. The once-a-decade national headcount determines millions of dollars in federal assistance to greater Lansing and the state's level of representation in Congress. Dichondra Johnson-Geiger is the federal manager of the census effort in greater Lansing. She urges residents to return next Spring's mailed form to avoid costly follow-ups by census takers:
East Lansing, MI – A senior economist for a leading national financial services company says 2010 will be a transitional year for mid-Michigan's economy. He's optimistic that more hiring is on the way.
LANSING, MI – Nine Michigan State football players are facing misdemeanor charges after a Nov. 22 dormitory brawl.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III and Michigan State University Police Chief James Dunlap said Wednesday that all nine players have been charged with conspiracy to commit an assault and battery.
In addition, all nine have been charged with at least one count of assault or assault and battery. Roderick Jenrette was charged with three counts, while Glen Winston and Ashton Leggett were charged with two counts each.
LANSING, MI – Detroit Public Schools financial manager Robert Bobb met with lawmakers in Lansing today and asked them to approve education reforms. Lawmakers must approve the reforms before the end of the year for the state to compete for hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government.