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.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says the state should to be able to name emergency academic managers to run school districts that are failing students. She says Detroit students' record low math scores shows the need for state intervention in the operations of some struggling schools.
The state is allowed to name emergency managers when school districts' finances are in disarray. In Detroit, emergency manager Robert Bobb is fighting with the board of education over academic control of the schools.
LANSING, MI – It could be up to the courts to decide whether Lansing City Councilmember elect Tina Houghton is eligible to serve on the board. The Lansing City Council and the city's board of ethics both decided Tuesday night to postpone any action on the issue until after a hearing in Ingham county circuit court later this month.
Councilmember Eric Hewitt says he's disappointed the council won't take up his resolution that would have initiated an investigation into how Houghton's unpaid property taxes went un-noticed.