Organizers of the North American International Auto Show say this year's attendance was the highest since 2005.
The annual event at Detroit's Cobo Center closed on Sunday. Organizers say attendance during the public portion of the show was 770,932. That's also up from last year, when 735,370 went to the show.
The 2013 show dates have been set. That includes media previews Jan. 14-15, industry previews Jan. 16-17, the charity preview Jan. 17 and the public show Jan. 19-27. The previews routinely draw thousands.
Lansing, MI – The city of Lansing may be in for a legal fight as it plans to build a new $245 million casino.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the Sault Ste. Marie band of Chippewa Indians are trumpeting their agreement to build a 125,000 square foot casino. But the Saginaw Chippewas challenge that claim. They say the Sault's decision to build far outside their historic tribal lands is illegal.
Lansing, MI – Some health advocates say Governor Rick Snyder was not bold enough in his State of the State speech on fighting childhood obesity. Governor Snyder mentioned a program in his speech last week that would teach parents about proper nutrition for young children to help combat childhood obesity.
Katherine Knoll with the Midwest chapter of the American Heart Association says kids need direct instruction on how to control their weight, and that should take place in school.
Lansing, MI – The city of Lansing is announcing plans to build a 125,000 square foot casino in its downtown entertainment district. Officials are working with a branch of the Chippewa Indian Tribe to bring the venue to Lansing.
The Kewadin Lansing Casino, as the project is currently named, would be operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It's expected to bring 1,500 permanent jobs and some 700 construction jobs.
Lansing, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is announcing a major economic development initiative today. The city and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are planning to build a 125,000 square foot casino adjacent to the Lansing Center on the city's downtown riverfront. It's a $245 million project is expected to create 1,500 permanent jobs.
Gov. Rick Snyder has offered a business-focused version of his State of the State address to a commerce-friendly crowd.
The Republican told business leaders Friday at a Detroit Regional Chamber-hosted event that the state made great progress last year. He says more must be done to fix transportation and more should be invested in fixing roads and bridges.
His remarks come two days after his State of the State speech.
A feature-length documentary titled "Detropia" is being shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/xAVmYi ) that the film portraying the Motor City as a canary in the coal mine of America's economic future makes its premiere on Saturday at the event in Park City, Utah.
"Detropia" is made by filmmakers Heidi Ewing, who grew up in Farmington Hills, and Rachel Grady. They are known for the documentary "Jesus Camp," which focused on an evangelical Christian summer camp.
A committee in a suburban Detroit school district is expected to recommend whether Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Beloved" should be removed from use in some of its high school classes.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/xhKrqc) that an update from the committee in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is expected by Friday. The review began after two parents objected to the book's content.
Tea Party activists and health care advocates packed a public hearing Thursday at the state Capitol. State lawmakers will decide over whether Michigan should create a website that would allow people to comparison shop for health insurance.
As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, most people who showed up used he event to voice their opinion on the federal Affordable Care Act.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder used his 2012 State of the State speech to strike an optimistic tone about Michigan's future, and to refocus attention on what he says is unfinished business from last year.
In his second State of the State address, Governor Snyder got to start off with some good news - Michigan's unemployment rate fell in the final month of 2011 to the lowest it's been in over three years.
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.