LANSING, MI – Michigan State Police troopers will vote over the next week on whether to sacrifice some of their own pay in order to at least temporarily avoid the layoffs of 100 troopers.
The troopers' union said Thursday it will send out ballots to its members to decide whether they will accept unpaid furlough time in exchange for keeping the 100 troopers on the road until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Each trooper would give up nearly 37 hours of pay over a six-week period, or about six hours of pay each week.
LANSING, MI – A state senator is introducing legislation that would provide some oversight for embryonic stem cell research in Michigan.
It's the first major legislative effort to address a measure approved by Michigan voters in 2008. Proposal 2 loosened the state's restrictions on the research by allowing people to donate embryos left over from fertility treatments.
Republican Sen. Tom George of Kalamazoo County's Texas Township says Thursday the bills headed to the state Legislature are not an effort to undo Proposal 2.
WASHINGTON – NASA will try to head back to the moon this afternoon.
The unmanned rocket launch marks the first such mission in a decade.
The space agency announced plans for the launch yesterday after deciding to postpone a space shuttle mission because of a hydrogen gas leak. The timing for the moon mission couldn't be set until NASA knew whether the shuttle plans would go forward.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Opera Grand Rapids is building a $2.25 million facility to house rehearsals, offices, special events and small performances.
A groundbreaking was scheduled for Wednesday for the 14,000-square-foot Betty Van Andel Opera Center. It also will have room for costume and property storage, educational activities and a costume shop.
UNDATED – UNDATED (AP) - General Motors has met with teams in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup series about its plans to scale back financial support.
GM already has notified teams in the lower-tier Nationwide and Camping World Truck series of cutbacks. The automaker is reorganizing through Chapter 11 bankruptcy and said last week it planned to make cuts across all of NASCAR's series.
Chevrolet spokesman Terry Rhadigan wouldn't provide details of the cuts.
ARLINGTON, TX – Ivan Rodriguez has caught his 2,227th game, more than any other major leaguer.
The former Detroit Tiger set the record last night against Texas. Now with the Houston Astros, Rodriguez tied Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk in Tuesday night's opener of an interleague series with the Rangers.
Rodriguez was 19 when Texas promoted him to the majors midway through the 1991 season. In 12 seasons with the Rangers, he won an AL MVP award, 10 Gold Gloves and was a 10-time All-Star.
DAYTON, OH – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the host Dayton Dragons 12-7 last night at Fifth Third Field. Lansing finishes off the first half of the 2009 Midwest League season with a four-game series in Midland, Michigan, against the Great Lakes Loons, starting tonight.