The Michigan Senate has approved a compromise bill that would end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees and require current workers to pay more for their pensions.
Majority Republicans in the Michigan Legislature agree the weight of a $45 billion pension liability for public school employees will crush the system if left untended, but they differ on how to fix it.
The Senate is expected to consider a measure Wednesday that could be a compromise, pledging further action after the November election.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over an independent political action committee that's running TV ads attacking him.
A judge in Flint has given the Michigan Department of Human Services until Aug. 10 to process 5,000 or more remaining applications for cash assistance from people whose benefits were ended because of a five-year federal limit.
The two state offices dealing most closely with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the city's efforts to fix its poor finances say they're pleased by the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a consent agreement designed to correct the city's fiscal troubles.