LANSING, MI (MPRN) – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Some Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol are proposing amendments to Michigan's voter-approved medical marijuana law. They say the law makes it too easy to divert prescription marijuana for illegal purposes.
The law allows terminal and chronically ill patients or caregivers to get a state license and doctor's prescription for up to 12 seeds to grow their own pot. The state's issued more than 15 hundred licenses.
NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - An African singer who ignited worldwide controversy among Muslims has performed before an enthusiastic crowd in New York City.
Youssou N'Dour played for about an hour Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of an arts festival aimed at spreading a deeper understanding of Islam. The audience gave him a frenzied dancing ovation.
N'Dour calls Islam a religion in which people "can dance, even enjoy." He says people "don't have to associate Islam with fear and sadness."
DEARBORN, MI – DEARBORN, MI (AP) - AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up 17 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.93.
Although the total gas price average in Michigan has jumped $1.13 since the beginning of the year, the auto club said Monday the statewide average still is $1.13 per gallon lower than last year at this time.
EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Michigan State University took another step Monday toward building a $550 million nuclear research facility on campus. MSU signed an agreement with the US Department of Energy for funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, known as FRIB.
FRIB will extend the research at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and allow nuclear scientists to study rare isotopes - unstable atoms that offer clues to how the universe evolved.
FORT WORTH, TX (AP) – Pianists from Japan and China have won gold medals in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. It marks the first time that someone from an Asian country has taken the prize.
Twenty-year-old Nobuyuki Tsujii of Japan and 19-year-old Haochen Zhang of China were winners. Tsujii also made history as the first blind pianist to win.
Twenty-three-year-old Yeol Eum Son of South Korea won the silver medal on Sunday.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - The Pentagon says a Navy team leaves for Brazil today with two high-tech devices that can detect emergency beacons to a depth of 20,000 feet.
The devices are expected to aid French searchers looking for Air France Flight 447's black box recorders. Meantime, officials say the recovery of debris and 17 bodies from the Atlantic Ocean confirms searchers have located the wreckage.