LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he's seriously considering a run for Governor next year. Bernero says that he's frustrated by the lack of progress state leaders are making on fixing the budget and the economy.
UNDATED – Today is Cyber Monday, the day when online holiday sales are expected to peak. Online shopping hasn't overtaken traditional retail in terms of sales, but it has taken a bite out of them. It has also taken a bite out of tax revenue.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers return to Lansing this week and face a heated debate over education reform. Many details need to be ironed out in a handful of bills that would give Michigan a shot at being one of five states selected to receive schools-reform money from the federal government. But lawmakers are running out of time to make Michigan eligible for a slice of $3.5 billion.
DETROIT – Ben Wallace had 18 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, to help the undermanned Detroit Pistons end a seven-game losing streak with a 94-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Rodney Stuckey had 23 points and eight assists for Detroit, which was again without starters Richard Hamilton (ankle), Tayshaun Prince (back) and Ben Gordon (ankle). Will Bynum added 19 points off the bench.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 21, but the Hawks couldn't overcome Detroit's 30-10 advantage in second-chance points.
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats want to avoid a confrontation with Governor Granholm on her plan to take over naming the director of the state Department of Agriculture. The appointment is currently made by the independent Michigan Agricultural Commission.
The current system is popular with farmers who think it ensures agriculture policy is set by someone who understands their needs.
LANSING, MI – The state Supreme Court will decide whether teachers can sue to force their school districts to expel violent students.
Four Lansing public school teachers are suing their school district for not expelling students who assaulted them. State law requires districts to remove students who commit violent acts against school employees for the balance of the school year.
Lansing, MI – A mid-Michigan jobs analyst says holiday hiring will likely reflect the struggling economy.
Retail job data is available only through August, but Mark Reffitt with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth says the numbers suggest less hiring is likely compared to 2008. He says an anomaly that appeared last December is apt to repeat this year.
EAST LANSING, MI – Our book reviewer Lev Raphael comes in once a month to tell us what he's been reading for our "Under the Radar" segment. He recently spoke to WKAR's Melissa Ingells about a book that looks America's trains and the people who ride them. The book is called Waiting on a Train by James McCommons.