LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder delivered his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol. He devoted part of the speech to unfinished business from last year that he would like to wrap up in 2012.
The governor told state lawmakers it's time to move forward with a long-stalled proposal to build a publically owned bridge between Detroit and Canada.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder said in his State of the State speech that he wants to make sure all kids in Michigan who graduate from high school are ready for college or advanced job training. Democratic state lawmakers say the policies the governor has supported so far have hurt that goal.
New numbers from the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget show Michigan's unemployment rate dropped significantly faster than the national average in 2010. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta has more.
A University of Michigan graduate student claims she lost her job after supporting efforts to unionize graduate student research assistants.
The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that Jennifer Dibbern lost her research funding and was kicked out of her academic program. She tells the newspaper she wants to highlight a need to protect research assistants.
A financial plan from Flint's state-appointed emergency manager says city employee union contracts are currently under review for possible renegotiation.
The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zg2zDM ) that the plan includes Michael Brown's suggestions for reducing the city's projected $11.3 million deficit. A copy of the plan was released to the public Tuesday.
EAST LANSING, MI – Students at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School in East Lansing have been learning a lot about how to write letters. So when the school's postman suggested a National Letter Writing Day, the principal agreed to kick off the event and to urge other schools in Michigan and across the country to join them in celebrating the art of letter writing.
Business advocates want state lawmakers to approve adequate funding to maintain Michigan's aging bridges and roads. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says transportation funding will be a big issue for them in 2012.
Gov. Rick Snyder plans to hold an online town hall with Michigan residents a day after giving his second State of the State address.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will be streamed live on Facebook on the governor's Rick for Michigan page.
Residents can submit questions in advance at the state website. They also can post questions on the governor's Facebook wall or send a message on Twitter to the governor at (at) onetoughnerd using the hash tag, (hash) AskGovSnyder.
Republicans in the state Legislature have proposed new restrictions and penalties on some types of union activities. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, union leaders say the measures mark a pattern of attacks on organized labor.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's campaign is reporting that the Michigan Democrat raised over $1.2 million in the last three months of 2011, leaving her with a $5.9 million campaign chest to ward off a Republican rival this fall.
Eight Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat Stabenow, who's running for a third term.
Ex-Rep. Pete Hoekstra's campaign reports he raised $1 million in the fourth quarter, while charter schools executive Clark Durant says he raised just over $600,000.
About a thousand protesters marched on Governor Rick Snyder's residential neighborhood in Ann Arbor on Monday night. They marched to ask Governor Snyder to repeal the state's controversial emergency manager law.
The charter school movement continues to gain momentum in Michigan. Last month, the state started lifting the cap on the number of charters allowed to operate. The new law has intensified an already vigorous discussion of how to improve education in both chartered and traditional schools.
WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with former Michigan Schools Superintendant Tom Watkins about this transformation. He says it's important to remove politicized disputes from the process.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder will outline his plans for 2012 later this week when he delivers his second State of the State address.
Last year, Governor Snyder won legislative approval of a lot of new initiatives - a tax overhaul; toughening the state's local emergency manager law; and ending the requirement that stores put a price tag on every retail item.
A published report says Michigan's public universities have about $4.2 billion on their books as "unrestricted" net assets.
The Detroit Free Press on Monday published details (http://on.freep.com/yiwyvk) of the figure, a 24 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, based on a review that it conducted of financial documents.
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI – The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and others say they plan a demonstration outside Gov. Rick Snyder's gated community to protest what they say is a racially biased law that makes it easier for Michigan to take over financially struggling communities and school districts.
The protest is scheduled Monday afternoon on Martin Luther King Day near Snyder's home in Washtenaw County's Superior Township, near Ann Arbor.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – Details have been released of a new three-year contract between faculty members at Central Michigan University and the Mount Pleasant school.
The university said in a statement issued Friday that the deal includes no salary increase during the first year, a 1.25 percent plus $830 increase during the second year and a 1.5 percent plus $835 increase during the third year.
The school's medical health insurance contribution is fixed at levels in effect for 2010-2011.
Governor Rick Snyder is defending Michigan's local emergency manager against charges from critics that state takeovers are racially motivated. Protestors are marching on the governor's personal residence Monday. Many of them are calling for the law to be repealed. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
Governor Rick Snyder and Republican leaders in the Legislature say they plan to work on autism-treatment legislation in 2012. Michigan is one of 21 states that do not require insurance companies to cover autism treatments. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
Many of Michigan's tea party activists are trying to coalesce behind one of the eight Republicans running for the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
But former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra fears the setup favors one of his rivals and plans to skip a Saturday Senate debate with tea partiers at Central Michigan University. Five of the GOP hopefuls are participating in the event.
The internal politics could hurt the GOP's chances of denying Stabenow a third term.
Good news for Michigan's economy was tempered with a dose of caution in forecasts made Friday at the state Capitol. State officials were told Michigan is in a sustained economic recovery. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, job and salary growth is expected to slow down this year.
Economists say growth will slow down in 2012 and beyond. But that's still better news than what people got used to during a decade-long recession.
EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael has a book that might help you through the post-holiday letdown. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.
LEV RAPHAEL: It's called Between Heaven and Mirth by James Martin, and I brought it in because I think this will make you laugh and make you think about life in a much more positive way. And we could all use that at this dark time of the year. Especially since the holidays, in which we're supposed to feel happy, don't always turn out that way.