LANSING, MI – Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers says he's "clearly disappointed" over Friday's decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammad and four others in a New York City federal court. Rogers says the trial belongs in a military courtroom:
"The best, safest thing to do would have been having military tribunals AT Guantanamo Bay where they can secure the facility, secure the space, secure--quite frankly--the prisoners."
LANSING, MI – A state Senate plan would let drivers buy a state park permit by tacking $10 onto the fee paid when they buy their annual license tabs. Supporters hope to generate more money for taking care of public parks and recreation areas. Money for that has been running short in recent years.
But the plan still faces a lot of opposition and could change significantly before it reaches Governor Granholm's desk.
Opponents say driver's fees should be used only for maintaining and fixing roads.
Lansing, MI – Utility crews in downtown Lansing spent a third day Friday decorating the official Michigan state Christmas tree. Workers from the Lansing Board of Water and Light are stringing colored lights on the 65-foot spruce, which arrived at the Capitol November 8 from Negaunee in the Upper Peninsula.
LANSING, MI – Lieutenant Governor John Cherry says Michigan needs to reform its tax structure, but that may require the public to vote on changes to business, sales, or income taxes. Cherry says there don't appear to be votes in the Legislature for any type of tax reform.
EAST LANSING, MI – A noted media researcher is calling for less violence in video games to help children avoid anti-social and violent behavior. This week, Michigan State University is hosting a conference on consumer culture and its impact on children.
Dr. Dafna Lemisch is a presenter at the conference and a Professor of Communication at Tel Aviv University. Lemisch says today's video games combine two destructive features---intensity and interactivity:
LANSING, MI – The Republican-controlled state Senate has voted to reject Governor Granholm's plans to directly appoint two more state department directors. Many lawmakers want that authority to remain with independent commissions that currently govern the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources. They say allowing the governor to name the directors will open the door to political meddling in agricultural affairs and wildlife management.
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.