LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to leave Monday for a trade trip to Germany and Belgium.
It will be the Democrat's eighth overseas trade trip. She plans to talk with leaders of high-tech companies she thinks can help Michigan move toward gaining jobs in green technology and alternative fuels, although her office hasn't provided specifics.
The governor has made previous trade trips to Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden and the Middle East.
EMPIRE, MI – Dozens of dead seagulls are turning up along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and scientists suspect botulism.
In a statement Thursday, lakeshore officials say about 40 gull carcasses and hundreds of dead round gobies have been found this week. The fish are believed to carry botulism and pass it to birds that eat them.
Gobies eat invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which filter botulism and other toxins in the water.
MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts split a doubleheader with the Great Lakes Loons with a 3-1 nightcap victory after losing the opener, 4-2, last night at Dow Diamond. The Lugnuts and Loons finish off their four-game series with a 7:05 p. m. game tonight.
EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has approved a budget bill that includes 400 thousand dollars to keep two Amtrak lines operating in Michigan through the end of September. The lines run between Chicago and Grand Rapids and Chicago and Port Huron.
GRANT TOWNSHIP, MI – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the surviving Grateful Dead are headlining this year's Rothbury Festival now under way in rural western Michigan.
State police tell The Grand Rapids Press incoming traffic was moving smoothly. The festival site is near the village of Rothbury in Oceana County's Grant Township, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
Area residents are taking advantage of the traffic to sell everything from Rothbury T-shirts to yoga pants to the tens of thousands of concertgoers.
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Clerks from Michigan's three largest counties and a state legislator have proposed a plan they say would ensure the ballots of overseas state residents would be properly counted.
Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson said Thursday at a news conference in Sterling Heights that "Operation Our Troops Count" would fix Michigan's "broken" system.
EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed legislation that will allow a regional authority to assume control over downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall convention center. That would clear the way for the authority to raise money to upgrade the facility, so it remains home to the North American International Auto Show.