LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council last night approved changes to the rules governing its meetings. The changes move open public comment time to the end of the meeting.
Council president Derrick Quinney says the changes will help improve the efficiency of the meetings. He says he's not sure if overall decorum will improve, saying that all the steps taken so far to fix that problem have not changed it.
LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon says legislative leaders are close to reaching a budget deal in closed-door negotiations with Governor Granholm.
AUDIO: Dillon says the leaders are close to agreement on the budget for the coming fiscal year. But he says they want to reach a two-year deal, and that's where they are finding more disagreements over where to cut programs and spend federal stimulus money.
DETROIT – The demolition of Detroit's Tiger Stadium soon will resume after a brief break.
Only a small section of the historic ballpark remains standing along Michigan Avenue, alongside piles of rubble and demolition equipment.
Officials tell The Detroit News columnist Laura Berman that work paused because permission was required from the state to partially close the avenue. The permit was issued last week and demolition is due to finish by Oct. 1.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers say the old Michigan Central Depot in Detroit could bring federal stimulus money into the state if it's renovated. The state Senate held a hearing Monday to discuss the future of the building and of the state as a hub for international trade.
DAYTON, OH – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Dayton Dragons 7-3 last night at Fifth Third Field. The victory gave the Lugnuts a fifth consecutive series split of a four-game series, one against each opponent in the Midwest League's Eastern Division. It also pulled Lansing within three games of South Bend for the final playoff spot in the division, setting up a battle tonight between the Lugnuts and Silver Hawks.
DETROIT – Carlos Pena hit his AL-best 38th homer and drove in four runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 on Monday for a split of their four-game series.
Tampa Bay scored six times in the first inning, capped by Pena's two-run drive. James Shields remained unbeaten against Detroit, and Jason Bartlett added a solo homer as the Rays moved within five games of idle Boston in the wild-card race.
Tampa Bay hosts the Red Sox on Tuesday night, the start of a three-game series.
LANSING, MI – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alma Wheeler Smith has revised a plan to raise Michigan income taxes and use the money to cover tuition for college students and preschool for all 4-year-olds.
The state representative from Washtenaw County's Salem Township said Monday her bills now make all taxpayers eligible for full tuition reimbursement through a tax credit. An earlier plan had limited full reimbursement to those making $107,000 or less.