State tax credits for charitable giving expire in about a week and a half. Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature got rid of the credits as part of a tax overhaul during budget negotiations earlier this year. Among the groups included in the expiring tax credit are food banks.
Eileen Spring is president of Food Gatherers - a food bank in Ann Arbor. She says she hopes the expiring tax credit will draw attention to the need for charitable giving in the coming year.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other religious and civil rights leaders are promising protests and possible civil disobedience against Michigan's new emergency manager law that could lead to a takeover of Detroit government.
Jackson and others announced their plans Thursday at a news conference at Detroit's Bethany Baptist Church.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - A charitable organization in Lansing that was hit by a weekend fire at its thrift store and office has found temporary space.
The Lansing State Journal reports Thursday that St. Vincent de Paul will occupy two storefronts. Sunday's fire destroyed more than six months' worth of donated clothing and possibly two months of donated furniture.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a measure that bans health benefits that cover the live-in partners of people who work for school districts and local governments. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the governor says the ban will not apply to the unmarried partners of employees of state or public universities.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University is getting $5 million to help companies in the state better compete globally.
The East Lansing school announced Wednesday that the gift from Demmer Corp. will establish the John and Marnie Demmer Center for Business Transformation. It will bring more consulting, advisory and educational services from faculty members and student teams.
Lansing-based Demmer supplies assemblies, modules and components for defense, aerospace, transportation and commercial customers.
Detroit could be closer to a state financial takeover by an emergency manager. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to order an intensive review of the city's books following a preliminary finding of "probable financial stress."
But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, state officials say they still hold out hope the city can solve its own problems without a state intervention.
Poverty and homelessness rates have been on the rise over the past several years in Michigan. That's according to an annual report on poverty from the Michigan League for Human Services. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
The report says a quarter of kids in Michigan live in poverty, and one in ten kids lives in extreme poverty. "Extreme poverty" means a family makes less than $11,000 a year. Karen Holcomb-Merrill is with the league.
Williamston, MI – An exhibit by Val Berryman, called "The Art of Christmas", is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum. Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum. He's been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984. Berryman tells WKAR's Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he believes groups trying to legalize pot are using the state's medical marijuana law to push their cause. Schuette spent much of his first year in office working to close marijuana dispensaries and tighten enforcement of the law.
As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, Schuette says he does not intend to relent in 20-12.
Michigan residents struggling to pay their heating bills will be able to get some assistance.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed bills that create a $58 million fund to replace the Low Income and Energy Efficiency Fund. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled this summer that the fund program no longer was authorized.
Lansing police have apprehended a suspect wanted in a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon at the downtown Lansing CATA bus station. The Lansing State Journal reports the suspect was subdued by police in south Lansing about 90 minutes after the original incident.
According to the story, the suspect fired one shot at police while being pursued in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. No one was struck by the shot.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure that lifts the limit on how many university-sponsored charter schools are allowed to operate in the state. Opponents of the law say the traditional public school model is a proven success, while the record for charters is spotty.
But Governor Snyder says more charter schools can be a valuable part of Michigan's K-12 system.
With America's military role officially over in Iraq, that country hopes to speed up its transition from "boots to suits." Already, an expanding consortium of Michigan firms is eyeing a potential windfall there. The group 'MICH Development' wants to be the nucleus of a team that would finance and build up to 100,000 housing units near Baghdad; a project valued at $5.5 billion.
A group of female state lawmakers have met to discuss ways to encourage more women to run for office. About a quarter of the lawmakers in the state House are women, and there are only four female lawmakers in the state Senate.
Democratic state Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes says she and her female colleagues have been meeting throughout the year at the state Capitol to discuss issues that are important to women.
The state Department of Community Health is using technology to help improve the health of infants. The department has partnered with a national program that gives advice to new mothers via their cell phones. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed measures that he says will save businesses money on unemployment and workers' compensation costs. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, critics say the measures unnecessarily penalize people who can't find new jobs in a tough economy.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's efforts to begin setting up a statewide health exchange as required by the federal health care law are hitting a snag.
The GOP governor urged lawmakers in September to quickly pass bills allowing the state to tap federal funds to set up the exchange. He says the federal government will step in with its own plan if Michigan doesn't have one in place by January 2013.
The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled an Upper Peninsula mining company is not legally responsible for maintaining an intersection heavily traveled by its trucks - or for the critical injuries suffered by a bicyclist who lost her balance at the rough juncture. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has gone to court to shut down a chain of stores where he says employees illegally took money in exchange for marijuana. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
The state has lost a competition for federal funding for education programs for the third time in three years. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the third time was not the charm for the state's application in the federal "Race to the Top" program.
The state Department of Education touted what it believed to be strong applications for three separate shots at "Race to the Top" federal funds for education reform.