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.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow addressed agribusiness leaders Monday at a conference in Lansing. Stabenow chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee and is getting ready to start negotiations on the 2012 farm bill.
She says the rest of the economy benefits when farms and agri-businesses prosper.
Republican leaders at the state Capitol say they have a lot of work they want to get to quickly when lawmakers return from their winter break this week. The GOP is expected to continue reshaping how the state brings in tax revenue. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports.
Republican lawmakers have been talking for several months about retooling or repealing Michigan's tax on businesses' office and factory equipment.
Detroit, MI – The press preview days of the North American International Auto Show kick off with the event's version of the Oscars: the naming of the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year.
The announcements are to be made today at Cobo Center in Detroit.
Car finalists are the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat. Truck finalists are the BMW X3, Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Ranger Rover Evoque.
Traverse City, MI – The remains of a Michigan native killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan have been returned to the U.S. Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana confirmed Sunday that the body of Tech. Sergeant Matthew Schwartz of Traverse City was flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday.
The Pentagon says the 34-year-old and two others died Thursday when an improvised explosive device hit them in Helmand province.
Leading Democrats in the state say they are coordinating campaign efforts with President Barack Obama's team in Michigan. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, they hope the popularity of the president will help Democrats win back seats in the state House.
EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt to preview the next MasterWorks concert. They began by talking about "Rounds for String Orchestra" by David Diamond.
Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
The 310-pound junior, a first team Associated Press All-American this season, announced his decision Thursday.
Worthy says it was the right time to leave following the 33-30 overtime win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl. He also says his father suffered a stroke prior to the start of the 2010 season, something which impacted his decision.
A pilot project in Grand Rapids and the Saginaw Bay area aims to ensure kids in low-income households have healthy diets during school breaks. Five-thousand families from both areas will be selected to receive food assistance this coming summer through a federal grant awarded to the state.
Howard Leikert is with the Michigan Department of Education. He says the money can only be spent on healthy foods.
Twenty five members of the Michigan National Guard are off to west Africa, where they will help train Liberia's fledgling military force. The nation was established in 1822 by freed U.S. slaves. It is now recovering from many years of civil war .
Captain Corissa Barton is with the Michigan Guard. She says the project is a welcome change from the Guard's normal deployments in recent years.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming the constitutional rights of four same-sex couples are being violated by a new Michigan law that bars insurance for some domestic partners.
The ban mostly affects local governments and public schools and applies to health insurance and other benefits for unmarried partners of the employees, same sex or not.
Detroit's mayor has presented a new financial plan to the City Council that he says shows the city no longer is at risk of running out of cash by April as previously expected.
Mayor Dave Bing on Thursday released a financial and operational restructuring plan update. It highlights savings from 1,000 imminent layoffs, overdue payments from the Detroit Public Schools and a corporate tax increase Bing says will mitigate a cash shortfall.
Bing presented the update Thursday afternoon to the Detroit City Council.