St. Johns, MI – Supporters of a well-known mid-Michigan attraction are coming to its aid. As the Crosby Mint Farm faces foreclosure, a small group is protesting the lender that controls the deed.
Jim and Linette Crosby have until August 14 to repay the $300,000 they owe East Lansing-based GreenStone Farm Credit Services. The Crosbys say they're frustrated with GreenStone's refusal to renegotiate, despite the siblings' willingness to work with them.
GRAND BLANC, MI – Tiger Woods has decided to play in the Buick Open as he prepares for the final major of the year.
Woods announced Thursday that he would return to the Buick Open, which he has won twice. His long-time endorsement deal with Buick ended early last year, and there were questions whether Woods would play.
Woods did not play the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines earlier this year because he had not returned from knee surgery.
PEORIA, IL – The Peoria Chiefs blanked the Lansing Lugnuts 5-0 last night at O'Brien Field. Having split the first two games of the series, the Lugnuts and Chiefs play the rubber match in their three-game series on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
LANSING, MI – It's the third of the state's six scheduled unpaid furlough days for most employees. State government will run much like it does on a public holiday.
Among those services that should continue without interruption are Michigan State Police road patrols, prisons, state psychiatric hospitals and emergency human services programs. Unemployment office call centers and problem resolution offices will be open.
Secretary of State and general state offices will be closed.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm appears to be leaving several options open for resolving Michigan's state budget problems.
Granholm told reporters shortly after meetings with legislative leaders Thursday that trimming the size of various tax exemptions or "loopholes" could be included in a budget-balancing plan. She said reducing a surcharge on the Michigan Business Tax could be considered as part of a deal.
LANSING, MI – A state senator says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation gives out too many tax credits to businesses without enough oversight.
State Senator Nancy Cassis says the MEDC gave out a year's worth of tax credits in six months. Cassis says she wants more details on how successful the businesses that get the tax credits are at creating jobs.
Cassis says small businesses already in the state don't see the same benefits as some companies that get tax credits to come to Michigan.
Lansing, MI – Student government leaders from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan stood together Thursday at the state Capitol. They vowed to fight to save the Michigan Promise Scholarship program.
The students say they will spend the rest of the summer lobbying the state legislature. They're concerned about proposed budget cuts that could wipe out Michigan Promise Scholarships and reduce funding for colleges and universities.