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.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has informed Highland Park schools officials that a financial emergency exists in the district, paving the way for the state to appoint an emergency manager.
The Republican governor announced the decision Thursday, acting on recommendations of a 10-member review team. Snyder said in a statement that the district in the small city partially surrounded by Detroit "faces monumental financial challenges."
A new report says the amount of student debt in Michigan rose sharply during the recent recession. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Peter Payette reports.
The price of tuition at state universities has been climbing steadily in recent years as the state has cut its budget for higher education. The executive director of the Center for Michigan, John Bebow, calls it a knowledge tax.
A group wants Michigan voters to amend the state's constitution to require more electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/ziM6g8) that proposed ballot language filed Wednesday for the Nov. 6 election would require the state's utilities to reach 25 percent, up from the 10 percent required by 2015 under current law.
According to a state report, less than 4 percent of Michigan's electricity came from renewable sources in 2009.
Senate Democrats at the state Capitol say students who graduate from high school in Michigan should have their tuitions paid for if they go to colleges in the state. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the Democrats unveiled their education plan Thursday.
Under the plan, all students who grow up in Michigan and graduate from high school in the state would be eligible for a grant to cover the median cost of tuition.
State union leaders say lawmakers should focus on creating more jobs in Michigan with more support for education and public services. And they say lawmakers should not try to make Michigan a right-to-work state. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber reports.
Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer says Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is creating "partisan mischief" by putting President Barack Obama's name on the Feb. 28 presidential primary ballot.
Michigan Democrats plan to nominate their candidate at a May 5 caucus, so votes for Obama in the primary won't count. The election will let Republicans pick their favorite.
The Lansing Marathon will take place April 22 and cover a standard 26.2 mile course.
The race will start outside the Accident Fund Insurance building in downtown Lansing, cross into East Lansing near MSU, turn south to Holt, back into Lansing via Potter Park and end at the Capitol. Race director Owen Anderson says he's studied marathons in similarly sized communities, and finds they bring strong economic benefits.
The Michigan Supreme Court heard its first arguments Thursday on cases that could help decide how far police and prosecutors can go to enforce the state's medical marijuana law. The law was approved by Michigan voters in 2008. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opens to the public on Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of people will attend the show at Cobo Hall to see prototypes and the new car and truck models.
Earlier this week, General Motors showed off the new Cadillac ATS to the media. The ATS will be built in Lansing. It's aimed squarely at the lucrative compact luxury car market.
State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he does not think there is enough support among Republicans in the Senate to approve right-to-work legislation. He says he thinks right-to-work measures would not attract the high-skill jobs the state should seek to strengthen its economy.
"I don't think that right-to-work legislation really is going to change the face of the state for better the way some people think it would."
A former Michigan congressman accused of accepting stolen funds on behalf of a Missouri charity with alleged terrorism ties was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months and one day in federal prison.
Four co-defendants of Mark Deli Siljander, who served in Congress from 1981 until 1987, also were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Sentences ranged from probation to nearly five years in prison for Mubarak Hamed, the former executive director of the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency.
A judge has sentenced the former political director of the Oakland County Democratic Party to probation for forging documents and fraudulently entering candidates under a third party.
Oakland County Circuit Judge James Alexander sentenced Jason Bauer to one year's probation Wednesday. It follows last month's sentencing of co-defendant Michael McGuinness, the local party's former chairman.
Both quit their posts in 2010 and pleaded no contest late last year.
A Michigan State University spokesman says comments casting doubt on federal funding for the school's F-RIB project are a sign of an unpredictable government budget process ahead. WKAR's Mark Bashore has more.
Visiting Detroit on Wednesday, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the nation's economic slump puts a squeeze on projects like MSU's half-billion dollar nuclear research facility, F-RIB.
The chairman of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Michigan campaign says Romney will campaign hard in his native state even if he's looking hard to beat by the time he gets here.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told reporters Wednesday that Romney's wins in Iowa and New Hampshire are creating a lot of momentum, but the former Massachusetts governor isn't taking anything for granted.
Lincoln Park, MI – Starting in the late 19th century, tens of thousands of Native American children were taken from their reservations to Indian Boarding Schools. The goal was to assimilate Native Americans by replacing their traditional ways with those of the majority of Americans.
Governor Rick Snyder said again Tuesday that he hopes the Legislature does not get caught up in a fierce debate on whether to outlaw compulsory union membership. The governor says it's in Michigan's interest to avoid the controversial labor issue also known as "right to work." Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports.
A central Michigan hospital is offering free health care once a week to Isabella County residents who don't have insurance.
The clinic at the public health department in Mount Pleasant will offer primary-care services, such as treatment of minor illnesses. It also can assess chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
In Meridian Township, a discussion's underway about making more room on the roads for bicyclists and pedestrians. For years, some advocates have argued Meridian should do more to accommodate non-motorized transportation. The township is exploring a 'Complete Streets' transportation plan that would do just that. WKAR's Mark Bashore has more.