By Rob South, WKAR Radio News
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero kicked off his reelection campaign over the weekend.
Bernero is seeking his second term in the Mayor's office.
He told supporters Saturday that the economic crisis faced by the state is an opportunity to improve the community.
Bernero is being challenged by city Councilmember Carol Wood, Lansing Attorney Charles Ford and local musician Ben Hassenger.
Plymouth, MI – Plymouth, MI (AP) - Dozens of schools across southern Michigan are closed today in hopes of curtailing the spread of swine flu.
State and local health officials as of late last night said there were 39 probable cases in Michigan.
They're waiting for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the results, although state-level testing its expected to begin soon.
Two cases already have been confirmed, one each in Livingston and Ottawa counties.
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm's budget officials will outline more than $300 million dollars in cuts to legislative committees Tuesday.
It's a first step toward balancing a budget that's facing a $1.3 billion dollar deficit.
The cuts would be even bigger, except the governor apparently intends to use Michigan's federal stimulus money to cover most of the shortfall.
By AP / WKAR
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP/WKAR) - Dozens of schools across southern Michigan were closed today in hopes of curtailing the spread of swine flu.
As of 5:30 p.m. Monday, state and local health officials reported 49 probable cases in Michigan that will be tested by the federal government.
Twelve new probable cases reported Monday include six in KentCounty, two in Wayne County one each in Ottawa, Chippewa, Clare andWashtenaw counties.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI -- Governor Granholm and her budget team are putting the final touches to an executive order that will roll back state spending by about $300 million.
The spending cuts will address just a fraction of a deficit now pegged at about $1.3 billion.
State officials say carving that much out of state spending would force thousands of layoffs, and idle crucial services.
They're relying on federal stimulus funds to help close the gap.
By AP / Kevin Lavery, WKAR Radio News
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (AP/WKAR Radio)
Michigan officials late Friday afternoon reported another 10 probable cases of swine flu.
The newest probable cases are in Ottawa, Kent, Macomb and Hillsdale counties, all in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula.
Ten of the cases were contracted by students at Hope College in Holland, Ottawa County Health Department officials said.
Michigan now has a total of 16 probable cases.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MIRick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
The state's utility regulating agency says consumers shouldn't have to worry about shortages of fuel or electricity this summer.
The Michigan Public Service Commission says the recession is tamping down demand for fuel and electricity.
Gasoline use is expected to decline by 4% this summer compared to last summer, and diesel use is also expected to go down.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI Rick Pluta (MPRN)
Governor Granholm uses her weekly radio address to reiterate her support for Chrysler's turnaround plan that includes a partnership with the Italian carmaker Fiat.
She says it provides some certainty about Chrysler's future, although she's disappointed the company has to use bankruptcy restructuring to finish the deal.
Chrysler's idled all its plants while the bankruptcy proceedings are underway.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP)
Michigan's state government leaders have hammered out the basic framework of a plan to help erase a budget deficit that likely exceeds $1 billion.
Senate Republicans said Friday the framework calls for about $300 million in budget cuts from various state departments in this fiscal year.
Money from the federal stimulus package will help fill in the rest of the budget hole caused in large part by falling tax revenues during the recession.
By Kevin Lavery, WKAR Radio News
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MIKevin Lavery, WKAR Radio News
Michigan health officials are reporting six new probable cases of swine flu in the state.
All of the cases are in Ottawa County.
At this point, there are only two confirmed H-1-N-1 influenza cases in Michigan.
Janet Olszewski directs the Michigan Department of Community Health.
She says the six new probable cases do not raise the state's level of alert.