LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, House and Senate leaders say they're close to a deal on K-12 schools spending. The state's been operating without a K-12 budget since the new fiscal year began on Thursday. That's put federal school funds and state aid payments at risk.
The House and the Senate have split on how much money the state will cut from K-12 schools this year. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says funding for schools has been delayed for too long.
DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says little progress has been made in negotiations with the city's largest union over a 10-percent pay cut and other concessions.
Bing met several hours Monday with negotiators for the 3,500-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.
The Detroit News reports that Bing says he may have to lay off more workers after the city presented its final offer to the union. Bing says the concessions are needed to help trim a $300 million budget deficit.
ALLEN PARK, MI – Lions coach Jim Schwartz says Matthew Stafford is day to day with a knee injury.
Schwartz refused to say Monday whether Stafford's right kneecap was dislocated, adding "we'll know more," on Wednesday.
Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, had the knee twisted on a sack in Sunday's 48-24 loss against the Chicago Bears. Daunte Culpepper replaced Stafford on the Detroit's next possession, and Stafford got the knee wrapped on the sideline.
Detroit (1-3) hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins seem to think that 162 regular-season games aren't enough.
The Twins will host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in a tiebreaker for the American League Central title and a trip the playoffs. It is the second straight season that the Twins have needed a 163rd game to finish the season.
The Twins lost a playoff to the White Sox in Chicago last year. But they get homefield advantage in the Metrodome this time around.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Will Bynum scored 15 points and the new-look Detroit Pistons got off to a successful start with a 87-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night in the pre-season opener for both teams.
DETROIT, MI – The newsstand price of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press has doubled to $1, the first increase since 2003.
The change covers papers sold Monday through Saturday at coin boxes or at retailers. The $1.50 price of the Sunday edition of the Free Press won't change in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, although some dealers must stop selling it for $1.
The News doesn't publish a print edition on Sunday. Home delivery prices aren't changing.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is getting ready to veto some parts of budgets passed by the Legislature. State lawmakers are discussing new revenue options. The Democratic-controlled House could start voting on new taxes and fees to help balance the budget as early as Tuesday.