EAST LANSING, MI – Fun in the Caribbean sun is only an afterthought for 32 Michigan State University medical students and faculty visiting the Dominican Republic.
Since arriving earlier this week in the capital city of Santo Domingo, the group has had a close-up look at medical conditions in a Third World country. They've visited a leper colony and the pediatric wards of a government-run hospital where patients must provide their own bedding. Still ahead are visits to a refugee camp and a trash dump that is home to some Dominicans.
For the past three years, Michigan's high school seniors graduated knowing that they would get at least $4,000 from the state to help them pay for college or job training. But late last year the state eliminated the Michigan Promise scholarship.
LOS ANGELES – Rookie Jimmy Howard made 27 of his career-high 51 saves in the second period, Darren Helm scored with 18 seconds left in the third period, and Dan Cleary scored in the final second of the first to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Howard stopped the first 51 shots he faced before Ryan Smyth tied it on the Kings' final drive with 4:22 left. Smyth's power-play tally extended his goal streak to four games.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she knows the Obama Administration is already watching Michigan's gubernatorial race with interest.
AUDIO: Granholm says, even though the White House may be interested in the candidates for governor, the President did not have a hand in pulling Lieutenant Governor John Cherry from the race. She says it would be hard for any elected official to win another title after eight years in office.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Board of Education has signed off on reforms required to receive federal "Race to the Top" money. But the district's teacher's union says state officials have not disclosed details that may impact teachers. Jerry Swartz is President of the Lansing Schools' Education Association.
LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon formally announced Thursday that he has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Whether Dillon would run as a Democratic or Independent candidate has been a topic of conversation for many months at the state capital. That's because he has found more support for his politics from business groups than from unions and other traditional Democratic supporters.