East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - About 200 people attended a rally for the Michigan State University men's basketball team today, the day after the Spartans lost the national championship game to North Carolina.
Word of the rally only got out an hour or so before the team was scheduled to arrive back at their home, the Breslin Center, but the fans greeting for coach Tom Izzo and the team was energetic.
While dissappointed with the result, Izzo expressed pride in his squad.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says the MSU men's basketball team has become a symbol for a state that's struggling for respect.
The governor says the Spartans' success is not just a diversion from the problems people in Michigan are facing - such as the near-collapse of the auto industry, and the nation's highest unemployment rate.
She says MSU also represents Michigan's efforts to turn around its fortunes.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - East Lansing authorities say they're prepared to keep the peace Monday night following Michigan State's appearance in the NCAA men's basketball championship game.
The Spartans tip off against North Caroline at 9:21 pm.
Authorities are preparing for a larger crowd than Saturday night after MSU's semi-final win.
East Lansing Police Detective Kevin Daley expects most will be well-behaved.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University says South African activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu will speak at the school's undergraduate commencement ceremony May 8.
The East Lansing school says it's giving Tutu an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.
Tutu is the retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and became the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1979.
Lansing, MI – Full Description: Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Since 2001, comic strip fans have been following the adventures of "Frazz," a beloved janitor who dispenses wit and wisdom to children in a fictious elementary school.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - The Michigan High School Athletic Association has agreed to pay $6 million in legal fees in a landmark case that changed the seasons for girls basketball and volleyball.
The MHSAA would immediately pay $2.5 million, then make smaller annual payments until May 2015.
Without a settlement, the high school association could be on the hook for millions more, including interest.
By Rick Pluta / Kevin Lavery, Michigan Public Radio Network
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN/WKAR) - A union local leader says President Obama's two-month deadline for General Motors to come up with a new restructuring plan is a lifeline for the company.
Brian Fredline is the president of United Auto Workers Local 602.
The union represents workers at two Lansing-area GM plants.
Fredline says the plants he represents are state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly manufacturing facilities.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says the two-month deadline extended by President Obama to the Detroit car companies to complete reorg plans signals his faith in their future viability.
The governor says she was pleased to hear there's a strategy to create more demand for US-built cars and trucks.
She says government-backed vehicle warranties will help ensure buyers remain confident even if one or more of the car companies is forced into a managed bankruptcy.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Seventy-two Michigan lawmakers, including 34 Democrats, are asking Gov. Jennifer Granholm to reconsider an order slowing down the approval of proposed coal-fired electric plants.
Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon, Republican Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and others say thousands of new construction jobs promised under a 2008 energy law shouldn't be stalled. Granholm says she did NOT issue a moratorium against new coal plants.