Lansing, MI – Construction workers say Lansing's water infrastructure needs a major overhaul. They're calling on Congress to allocate more funding to fix the city's storm water and sewer system. They say it's both a matter of public safety and economic development.
LANSING, MI – Republican leaders at the state Capitol say they expect to wrap up work this week on a plan to ensure there's money to help low-income families with their heating bills this winter. But their efforts are already being criticized because they don't encourage energy efficiency.
A fight could be brewing at the state Capitol over funding an exchange that would allow people and businesses to comparison-shop for health insurance. The state is supposed to create the exchange as part of the new federal health care reform requirements. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
Michigan wildlife officials say it appears that slightly more deer were killed in this year's firearms hunting season than during the same period in 2010.
The Department of Natural Resources said Friday that initial estimates suggest the harvest ranged from unchanged to 10 percent higher in the Upper Peninsula. The northern Lower Peninsula also appears to have had a roughly 10 percent increase.
The take appears to have dropped by 5 to 10 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula.
Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags in Michigan to be lowered Tuesday in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe.
The 71-year-old Saugatuck resident died on Oct. 25.
In a news release, Snyder calls Wolpe "an outstanding public servant and leader."
The governor's office says Wolpe will have two separate memorial services. One will be held Tuesday at Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University. The other is scheduled for Thursday in Washington.
More university-sponsored charter schools would be able to operate in Michigan under a bill in the state House. But as Michigan Public Radio's Chelsea Hagger reports, a vote on the measure has been slowed because some lawmakers are skeptical.
Those who oppose the proposal to get rid of the charter school cap say they are not surprised it failed to gain enough support to come up for a vote in the House - which is controlled by a GOP majority.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether Michigan State University can continue to enforce its rule against harassing its employees as they do their jobs.
Jared Rapp confronted and yelled at a university employee in an MSU parking garage after found a ticket on his car. The employee felt threatened and called the campus police. The employee sat in his car waiting for the police to arrive while Rapp hovered outside the vehicle and snapped pictures with his mobile phone.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to decide whether the Michigan High School Athletic Association discriminated against a former exchange student from South Korea. The MHSAA is being accused of discrimination for refusing to allow the student to play football.
Organizers of a campaign to overturn the state's new emergency manager law say the petition drive is invigorated by reports that legislative leaders are working on a back-up plan in case the law is halted.
EAST LANSING, MI – MSU Symphony conductor Leon Gregorian has been on research leave this semester. He'll be back to conduct the MSU Symphony Orchestra next semester, and then plans to retire in April. He'll be conducting the upcoming "Home for the Holidays" concert, and WKAR's Melissa Benmark recently spoke with him, asking him first about his time off.
In the last few days of a dying person's life, hospice care can provide comfort in the home setting.
Now, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering hospice care for pets.
Brandt Peterson and Casey Williamson met in 1999 while walking their dogs Isabel and Suki in Austin, Texas. Isabel didn't easily warm up to strangers, but was affectionate with them. She also was very athletic.
A proposal to limit access to health care coverage for abortion procedures has cleared a state Senate panel. The proposal would require employers or individuals purchasing health care plans to pay higher premiums if they want to include abortion coverage.
A fight over political power in Oakland County played out Wednesday before a legislative committee. Republicans want the Legislature to change the rules to let the GOP-controlled county commission re-draw its own districts. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the proposal was adopted by the House Government Operations Committee on a party-line vote.
Local governments, school districts, community colleges, public universities, and the state could not offer benefits that cover the live-in partners of public employees, under a bill that's on its way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the state Senate approved the measure Wednesday on a mostly party-line vote.
At the state Capitol, House and Senate leaders say they're getting closer, but still don't have an agreement on how to help low-income families with their winter utility bills. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, lawmakers continue to negotiate as the Legislature's winter break fast approaches.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a measure into law that requires all school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, Snyder says the law is a good start.
Snyder says he was bullied from elementary school through college for being a nerd. He says no kids should have to endure that kind of torment, no matter the reason.
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation giving schools six months to put anti-bullying policies into place.
The ceremonial signing took place Tuesday afternoon.
Michigan recently ended up in the national spotlight after GOP senators passed an anti-bullying bill that included a clause saying the legislation didn't "prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction."
Democrats say the exceptions would have made it even easier to bully.
After 98 years, the Ingham County Road Commission could come to an end soon. Next week, the county board of commissioners is expected to approve a measure that would bring road operations under its purview.
It's been a turbulent year at the road commission, with accusations of widespread dysfunction and the controversial departure of Operations Manager Jim Benjamin.
A new report shows Michigan's economy is continuing to take slow steps toward recovery.
Comerica Bank said in the monthly report released Monday that the state's September economic activity index rose one point over the month before. The index level is now 24 percent above the low it hit during the recession and slightly better than its year-ago level.
Comerica chief economist Robert Dye says Michigan's economy continues to improve as auto sales and vehicle production increase.