LANSING, MI – The state school superintendent told lawmakers Thursday that they are running out of time to compete for school-reform money in a federal program called "Race To The Top."
AUDIO: Michigan could be eligible for as much as $500 million that would go toward fixing the state's worst-performing schools. But the Legislature must approve legislation in the next few weeks to be eligible to compete.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN – General Motors has offered union workers at the automaker's soon-to-be idled Spring Hill assembly plant 840 jobs at Lansing's Delta Township facility, where GM is relocating production of the Chevrolet Traverse.
More than 2,000 GM workers will be idled when assembly lines at GM's plant south of Nashville shut down Nov. 25.
OKEMOS, MI – Meridian Township officials say they could learn more Thursday evening about the safety of township water. That's when they could get the results of a second safety test required by the state. For now, Okemos residents south of Kinawa and Bennett roads and into Aleidon Township are still advised to boil water used for cooking and drinking for five minutes before use. An error during routine testing yesterday led to the precaution.
OKEMOS, MI – Meridian Township officials say a "boil water" alert remains in effect until Midnight Thursday for the township's southside. The alert advises boiling water for drinking and cooking for five minutes before use. It does not apply to water used for bathing or laundry.
It covers township water customers south of Kinawa Drive and Bennett Road, including customers who live in Aleidon Township.
A "boil water" alert has been issued for the south side of Okemos, following a water system testing error.
The problem led officials to close Okemos High School on Wednesday.
Meridian Township Water customers who live south of Bennett Road and Kinawa Drive, including Aleidon Township, should boil water for five minutes before use. The alert applies to water used for drinking and cooking, not for bathing or laundry. That advisory is in effect until midnight Thursday.
LANSING, MI – The state Senate has approved legislation that would make it illegal to impersonate a veteran for financial or professional gain. More than thirty other states have passed similar laws after reports of people pretending to be war heroes to get rewards reserved for combat veterans.
State Senator Jason Allen was in the Air National Guard.
Lansing, MI – A newly elected Lansing city councilmember may not be able to take office unless she pays delinquent property taxes.
Tina Houghton was elected last week to serve as the city's Second Ward councilmember. But she owes more than $3,600 in property taxes to the city. The Lansing city charter says anyone owing the city money cannot hold public office. Houghton says she will pay off the debt before being sworn-in on January 1.
LANSING, MI – Advocates seeking a statewide ban on smoking in workplaces are growing impatient with Senate inaction on the question. They are still hoping to enact a workplace smoking ban before the end of this year.
AUDIO: The Senate has been sitting on the ban for five and a half months. The measure would outlaw smoking in taverns, restaurants, offices, and factories with exceptions only for cigar bars and Detroit's three casinos.