Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Like many urban districts across the country, the Lansing school system is struggling with steadily declining enrollment.
Late last year, the school board appointed a task force to find ways to downsize the district to cut its losses. The task force came up with a so-called 'right sizing' plan that presented a smaller infrastructure, and a blueprint for a number of large-scale improvements.
Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills, MI (AP/MPRN) Fears that a Chrysler LLC bankruptcy could devastate southeast Michigan and harm Chrysler workers and retirees nationwide were abating somewhat as details of the deal were released Thursday.
"It's the best deal we can come up with," said Mark Conner, who works on the production line that makes Jeep Wranglers at Chrysler's plant in Toledo, Ohio.
"Anything else that could have happened would be worse."
East Lansing, MI – Rick Pluta (Michigan Public Radio Network)
A ban on smoking in most Michigan workplaces will have to wait until after the state's budget crisis is resolved. State Representative Bert Johnson chairs the legislative committee discussing the issue.
He says a smoking ban will need the support of the House and the Senate.
But, he says, the leadership of both chambers is focused on the state's billion-dollar budget emergency.
Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP) General Motors Corp. says it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming dealerships to close their doors as the automaker tries to thin dealer ranks to make the remaining outlets stronger.
Dealers were told of the move in a video conference Tuesday.
In addition, the company expects to lose 500 Hummer and Saturn dealers when the brands close or are sold, and it expects 400 dealers to close voluntarily.
Another 500 would be consolidated into other dealers.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Michigan Department of Community Health has asked for enough medication to treat 250,000 people if necessary. A department spokesman says that shipment should arrive by the end of the week.
The state already has a stockpile on hand large enough to treat one million people.
In the meantime, the state has partially activated an emergency operations center in response to the outbreak.