LANSING, MI – The city of Lansing's Board of Ethics and the Lansing City Council are both meeting tonight. They are expected to review requests to investigate how councilmember-elect Tina Houghton's tax problems went unnoticed for two years while she served on the city's Parks and Recreation Board. WKAR's Rob South has been following the story, and spoke with Melissa Ingells.
LANSING, MI – About 2 dozen people protested at Lansing city hall last night against a plan to lay off 14 police officers. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced last week that he would cut 14 officers from the payroll as part of a plan to save the city about $3 million this fiscal year. Kathi Dibean organized the picket. She says the Lansing police department is already understaffed and taking more patrols off the streets would jeopardize public safety.
EAST LANSING, MI – The founder of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure road-running series that's raised $1.3 billion to fight breast cancer is speaking at Michigan State University's December graduation.
Nancy Brinker named the races for a sister killed by breast cancer. She talks Saturday on the second day of Michigan State's commencements and gets an honorary doctorate of humanities.
LANSING, MI – A statewide smoking ban that has stalled for years in the Legislature could be in place by Christmas.
Although nothing is scheduled yet, a Senate committee this week could take up a bill that would ban smoking in all work places. The ban would include all restaurants and bars, but could exempt casino floors and cigar bars.
Republican Sen. Ron Jelinek of Three Oaks is hoping to push through a compromise soon.
LANSING, MI – Michigan school districts are scheduled to receive reduced payments on December 21 due to budget cuts. Democrats in Lansing say lawmakers need to approve new revenue soon so a handful of schools aren't forced to close.
AUDIO: Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says the immediate future calls for quick, decisive action to avert cuts to schools that will be almost impossible to restore later.
East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jori Davis came alive in the second half and finished with 19 points to help Indiana beat Michigan State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) 68-63 in the teams' Big Ten opener on Sunday.
Davis was just 2-for-7 from the field in a five-point first half, but got hot after the break to help the Hoosiers (5-3) rally from a 10-point deficit.
Reserve Whitney Lindsay had 13 points for Indiana and Aulani Sinclair added 12.
East Lansing, MI – Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio speaks on the on campus incident involving several members of the football team.
As the team awaits to hear where they will be headed for a bowl game later this afternoon, Head coach Mark Dantonio made a statement on Saturday involving the on campus incedent which led to two players being kicked of thee team ad 8 more being suspended indefinitely which includes the bowl game.