A Republican-led state House panel approved a package of bills Tuesday that includes tougher penalties for public employees who go on strike or threaten to strike -- and would make it easier for business owners to get an injunction against picketers. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, it would also make it harder for unions to automatically collect dues from their members.
Fewer people - especially young adults - appear to be leaving Michigan for other states.
Figures released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show migration rates of 18- to 24-year-olds weren't as steep in 2009-10.
The migration rate for ages 18-19 topped 5.5 percent in 2008-09, compared with about 4 percent the following year. For 20- to 24-year-olds, out-of-state migration was about 5 percent in 2008-09 compared to about 4.5 percent in 2009-10.
Lansing, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero struck an upbeat tone in his seventh State of the City Address Monday night. Bernero came armed with an array of positive statistics about rising housing markets and relatively low unemployment. But the mayor also recognized some difficult decisions ahead in 2012.
A new report says the Great Lakes should be permanently closed off from the Mississippi River system to prevent Asian Carp from invading the lakes. The report from the Great Lakes Commission makes three suggestions on how the two waterways could be separated, with price tags that range from $3 billion to $9 billion.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says it's time to move forward with a plan.
Economic developers have their sights on what they're calling a "burgeoning" part of Michigan's economy--the garment industry. East Lansing's Prima Civitas Foundation wants to connect scattered designers and manufacturers and morph them into a greater economic force. Several Lansing participants are playing key roles in the effort.
Updated state rules mean that public schools in Michigan must offer all-day kindergarten to receive full funding for each kindergarten pupil starting in September.
The Detroit News reports Monday (http://bit.ly/zGwzes ) that the rules were approved last year by the Legislature. The state this month updated school districts about the half- and full-day options as well as the financial consequences.
Oakland University says a donor who has requested anonymity is giving $21 million to the school to help enhance students' academic experiences.
The Rochester school said Monday that university President Gary Russi announced the donation in an email to the campus community. Russi says it's the largest single planned and cash gift from an individual in Oakland University history.
Russi says the gifts "will touch the lives of hundreds of student and faculty for generations to come."
Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert says his venture capital firm is buying downtown Detroit's historic Federal Reserve Building.
Gilbert said Monday that he hasn't landed a tenant for the 176,000 square-foot building but believes it's ideal for one occupant. The original building was constructed in 1927 and an eight-story annex was added in 1951.
The purchase price wasn't disclosed for the building, which has been vacant since 2004.
Lansing mayor stresses economic growth in annual State of the City address
Lansing, MI – Thank you President Jeffries. I look forward to working with you, Vice President Dunbar, Clerk Chris Swope and all of your colleagues in the year ahead. I also want to welcome our newest colleague, First Ward Councilmember Jody Washington.
Thanks to the Accident Fund, our gracious hosts tonight, for allowing us to gather in this amazing space.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is taking heat from Indian representatives who say he made racially insensitive comments at a fundraiser as heated debate continues over his plans for opening a casino in Michigan's capital city.
James Nye is a spokesman for tribes challenging Bernero's casino plans and says he's been told Bernero called him "Chief Chicken Little" at last week's fundraiser.
There are now half a dozen emergency local managers in Michigan. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the Highland Park school district is the latest local government to face a state takeover for failing to manage its finances.
The gray wolf no longer has endangered species protections in Michigan. The wolf was officially moved off the federal endangered species list Friday. And, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, state wildlife officials are now responsible for wolf management
The Michigan Supreme Court has removed a Jackson County judge from office for misconduct.
District Court Judge James Justin was accused of dismissing traffic cases after talking to people in the hallway or elsewhere outside court. He also was accused of dismissing tickets for himself, his wife, friends and staff.
The Supreme Court unanimously ordered Justin's removal Friday. Justin has been a judge for decades in Jackson. He's been suspended with pay since July 2010.
A conversation about a small piece of unused train track in Petoskey has turned into a larger discussion about the future of train transit in Michigan. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, state lawmakers are weighing the benefits of converting old train tracks into recreational trails.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing has a new city manager. In a unanimous decision, the city council chose George Lahanas. He's acted as interim city manager since October. He's served East Lansing for 13 years, having previously worked as a labor relations specialist and deputy city manager. Lahanas says he's looking forward to working with the council on a permanent basis.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he liked some of President Barack Obama's ideas on college tuition restraint.
The Republican governor didn't attend the president's Friday speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor about holding down college costs. Instead, Snyder was in Grand Rapids addressing the Michigan Press Association's annual meeting.
Snyder declined to say whether he'll recommend more state money for universities, saying "that will be part of the budget message" on Feb. 9.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder will decide no later than Friday whether to appoint an emergency manager in the Highland Park school district in southeast Michigan. He says he is considering the recommendation of a financial review panel to appoint an emergency manager,as well as an appeal from the district.
Snyder says his goal is to make sure the district is not forced to shut down.
Officials at the University of Michigan say they hope President Barack Obama's campus speech will prompt more people to think about the importance of college affordability and its role in strengthening U.S. global competitiveness.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Detroit area Thursday night before his speech Friday in Ann Arbor. He's on a three-day, post-State of the Union tour of politically crucial states to promote his 2012 economic policy goals.
Michigan officials say that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 major state labor markets.
The December figures were released Thursday. Rates rose everywhere, with the Upper Peninsula and the northeastern and northwestern Lower Peninsulas showing the highest percentage jumps from November to December.
Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate was 9%, up from 8.4% in November. The seasonally adjusted rate has been falling for months.