DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - It's back to work today for employees at seven Chrysler assembly plants.
The Auburn Hills-based automaker had shut down all of its factories during its six weeks in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Chrysler says the plants resuming operations today are in Sterling Heights and Warren, Mich.; St. Louis; Toledo, Ohio; Brampton and Windsor, Ontario; and Toluca, Mexico. A Detroit plant that makes the Dodge Viper sports car went back online earlier this month.
LANSING, MI – The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan says the state should relax its school suspension law because it discriminates against minorities.
The ACLU just released a report that says African American students are more likely than white students to be suspended or expelled under the state's zero tolerance law. The ACLU's Kary Moss says students who are kicked out of school are more likely to eventually drop out, and wind up in the criminal justice system.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - A last-ditch effort to avoid the layoffs of 100 Michigan State Police troopers has failed.
Members of the Michigan State Police Troopers Association voted against a furlough plan that would have called for sacrificing some of their own pay to temporarily avoid the layoffs of their low-seniority co-workers.
The outcome of the vote was announced Friday but vote totals weren't released.
DETROIT – General Motors Corp. is confirming it will use an idled assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich., and a parts stamping facility in Pontiac, Mich., to build small and compact cars, a move expected save 1,400 jobs.
GM confirmed the plant selection in a statement Friday, but said the decision is dependent on the outcome of negotiations between the company and the state on incentives.
A person briefed on the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that Orion Township, about 40 miles north of Detroit, had been chosen.
EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - East Lansing City Councilmember Nathan Triplett will undergo surgery for Crohn's disease next week. His recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks.
The operation has been scheduled for June 29th.
In a press release, Triplett says he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 13. He says medication has helped him live in what he calls a "state of relative remission". His doctors recommended surgery after he recently took a turn for the worse.
LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, the House and the Senate met until past midnight before beginning a two-week summer break. Much of the day and the evening were spent debating the budget. Nothing was resolved, and the discussions mostly outlined the stark differences in how Republicans and Democrats would address the state's budget crisis.
LANSING, MI – The Legislature capped months of wrangling over the future of Detroit's Cobo Hall by sending a compromise plan to Governor Granholm. Supporters say the plan is critical to keeping the prestigious North American International Auto show in Michigan. AUDIO:
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing Lugnuts grabbed a 6-5 victory over the Dayton Dragons Thursday night at Oldsmobile Park. The two teams play the second game in their four-game series at 7:05 tonight in Lansing.