LANSING, MI – State lawmakers continue to debate legislation to enter Michigan into the competition for federal "Race To The Top" education-reform money. Wednesday, there was a lot of talk about how to help professionals who aspire to teach get into classrooms.
EAST LANSING, MI – A new study says Michigan has lost $1.9 billion in economic output and $2.5 billion in home equity value over three years because of population declines in 63 of its 83 counties.
The report comes from Michigan State University's Land Policy Institute.
It says Michigan service jobs generated $208 billion in income in 2007, while manufacturing generated $54 billion. The report says only Michigan and Rhode Island lost people in 2006-08. Michigan lost about 80,000 people and Rhode Island about 2,000.
East Lansing, MI – Documentary film maker Ken Burns was on the Michigan State University campus Wednesday. Burns met with students and also spoke at the Wharton Center.
Burns says his current projects include an addition to his documentary "Baseball," the history of the Roosevelt family and a film on the Vietnam War. Burns' latest documentary: "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," aired on WKAR-TV in October. WKAR's Rob South caught up with him at MSU's Student Union.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Ed Davis scored a career-high 22 points Tuesday night to help No. 10 North Carolina beat No. 9 Michigan State 89-82 in a rematch of last season's national championship game won by the Tar Heels.
Larry Drew II had a career-best with 18 points for the Tar Heels (7-1), who led most of the game before having to hold off a rally in the final minutes. North Carolina shot 58 percent and led by as many as 19 points early in the second half, beating Michigan State (5-2) for the second straight year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
LANSING, MI – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing made his first official visit to the state Capitol Tuesday. He says the fortunes of Michigan's largest city affect the entire state.
Bing met with Democratic and Republican lawmakers and had lunch with Governor Granholm. He says the effects of Detroit's troubles ripple across the state, and he wants to forge alliances that will help all of Michigan. But Bing says he knows finding consensus on how to help Detroit and other struggling cities won't always be easy.
East Lansing, MI – Unemployment statistics for October show the Lansing, East Lansing area faring better than most of the state. The jobless rate for Lansing and East Lansing was down .4% from September, at 10.6%. That's second lowest unemployment rate in the state.