Advocates for strong liquor control laws say they are upset they were left out of meetings of an advisory board preparing to make recommendations on changes to alcohol rules that will eventually go to Governor Rick Snyder. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
The Michigan Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday where an African-American man claims he was denied a fair trial because of a computer error. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the error caused fewer jury notices to go to households in African-American neighborhoods.
A new poll shows Governor Snyder's approval rating is at an all-time low among Michigan residents.
Michigan State University's State of the State' poll shows only about one in five residents give the governor an excellent' or good' rating. Snyder's approval rating was about double that when he took office.
Charles Ballard is the director of the State of the State survey. He says Snyder's support among his GOP base is eroding.
Schools will have six months to put anti-bullying policies into place once Gov. Rick Snyder signs the measures into law.
A spokeswoman says the governor plans to do that 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.
Advocates for senior citizens and retirees say state lawmakers who voted for the new tax on pensions will pay a political price in next year's re-election campaigns - unless they act soon to repeal the law. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
A Lansing-area school district has decided to stop using an American Indian head logo for its high school.
The Lansing State Journal reports a letter announcing the elimination of the Chieftain logo was sent Thursday to parents at Okemos High School.
The decision was arrived at by a four-person committee originally formed in the spring of 2004. The letter says the committee made a good-faith effort to phase out the use of human imagery or the Indian head silhouette as the school logo.
The state commission charged with the task of ensuring adequate legal representation for criminal defendants with court-appointed lawyers heard hours of testimony Friday at a hearing in Lansing. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the commission was told taxpayers and, often, children pay the costs of a poor indigent defense system.
EAST LANSING, MI – The first ever Big Ten Championship game on Saturday pits Michigan State University against Wisconsin. WKAR's Melissa Benmark talks with sports writer Jack Ebling about the historic event.
Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a measure that would have outlawed state rules that are stricter than federal standards. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, this marks the first time during his 11 months in office he has rejected a bill sent to him by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is sharply criticizing an expected state review of the city's finances, which is a first step toward a possible state takeover.
Bing told a Thursday news conference that Detroit is making progress on its budget and cash flow problems on its own.
A spokesman for Bing's office said earlier that a state review could begin as early as Friday. Bing says he opposes the move, which is the first step toward the appointment of an unelected emergency financial manager.
Republicans at the state Capitol have unveiled a plan to limit the issues over which lawmakers can be recalled. The Senate Republican proposal is in response to the swath of recall campaigns against lawmakers this year, most of them against the GOP. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
Governor Rick Snyder was at Delta College near Saginaw on Thursday to deliver a message on education and worker training. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the governor says there is a mismatch between the skills workers have, and what employers are looking for.
General Motors Co.'s U.S. sales rose 7 percent in November, a sign the auto industry had a strong month.
The company sold just over 180,000 cars and trucks. GM was led by the Chevrolet Cruze. Sales of the compact car rose 64 percent. The company also reported strong pickup sales, with the Chevy Silverado up 34 percent.
Gov. Rick Snyder wants to tie retraining programs to companies' needs, erase barriers keeping welfare recipients from work and encourage more Michigan residents to earn math and science degrees.
The initiative aims to make workers more competitive in the global marketplace. He was unveiling the plan Thursday at Delta College, the fifth in a series of policy addresses this year that have covered education, local government, health and infrastructure.
A proposal designed to allow more charter schools or public school academies in Michigan has taken a step forward.
The Republican-led House Education Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would end some numerical and geographical limits on charter schools. The bill passed by an 11-6, mostly party line vote and advances to the House floor.
The measure narrowly passed the Republican-led Senate in October.
State House Republicans have introduced a plan to help make sure low-income homes can keep the heat on through the coming winter. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the plan is a short-term solution to a home-heating-assistance crisis in the state.
The proposal would tap into one-time federal funds to help pay for home heating assistance for the coming winter.
Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his fifth special message of the year Thursday at Delta College near Saginaw. The governor will outline a strategy to better match worker skills to positions that are available right now.
As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the governor is looking for ways to bring down Michigan's persistently high unemployment rate.
UPDATE: Consumers Energy spokesman Tim Pietryga says there are about 600 customers still without electrical service in Ingham county. He says outtages Wednesday evening are concentrated in Holt and Okemos. Crews continue to restore power, but some may have to wait until 4 p.m. Thursday.
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposal to dismantle the county road commission board. The county services committee unanimously approved the tentative measure Tuesday night.
County Commissioner Andy Schor sponsors the proposal. He says the move would bring road operations under the direct authority of the board of commissioners and create a 'Department of Transportation and Roads.'
EAST LANSING, MI – Not too long ago, Michigan had its own department store chain, where shoppers enjoyed a relaxed and elegant atmosphere and friendly customer service. Jacobson's operated stores in cities all over Michigan for more than a century.
The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in all 17 major Michigan labor markets.
The figures for October were released Tuesday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and they reflect seasonal reductions in the workforce. The statewide unadjusted jobless rate was 9.2 percent compared with 10.1 percent in September.