LANSING, MI – The Legislature could send a texting-while-driving ban to Governor Granholm's desk this week. Lawmakers have been negotiating the issue for weeks, and say they're close to a deal. A state Senate vote is expected Tuesday. And the House is expected to follow on Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused for a second time Michigan's request to shut down two Chicago-area shipping locks that connect the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes. Michigan argued emergency action is needed to ensure the invasive Asian carp does not escape into Lake Michigan.
DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Detroit turned up a small yet destructive beetle in a sea container from Jordan.
The agency says the khapra beetle was found March 12 in a shipment of melon seeds. The khapra beetle damages grain and cereal products, seeds, cottonseed meal, nut meats, dried fruits and other products.
The shipment was quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will oversee any treatment options on the shipment.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell says he's not quite sure what freshman star A'dia Mathies will do for an encore.
Mathies poured in a career-high 32 points on Saturday as the fourth-seeded Wildcats knocked off 13th-seed Liberty in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament. Kentucky plays fifth-seeded Michigan State on Monday.
SPOKANE, WA – Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a frantic finish and give injury-depleted Michigan State an 85-83 victory over Maryland on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
After star guard Kalin Lucas went down with a leg injury, the Spartans blew a 15-point lead in the second half. Greivis Vasquez's basket put fourth-seeded Maryland ahead 83-82 with 6 seconds left, but Michigan State inbounded immediately and pushed up the floor.
CLEVELAND – J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker combined for 20 points in the decisive third quarter and Cleveland beat Detroit 104-79 on Sunday to give the Cavaliers their first season sweep of the Pistons in 30 years.
Cleveland held a double-digit lead most of the game, although the Pistons cut it to 55-47 on a basket by Jonas Jerebko with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Hickson and Parker took charge, combining to score 16 of Cleveland's next 19 points while Detroit went more than five minutes without a field goal.