Gov. Rick Snyder has signed two bills that will affect some state workers' retiree health care benefits and reduce the future amount the state needs to fund by $5.6 billion.
Workers hired after Jan. 1 won't get state health care coverage when they retire, although they'll get an extra 2 percent match in their 401(k) or 457 retirement plans while working to help them save for future health care costs.
Every year, the public relations department at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, banishes overused words and phrases from the English language.
The tradition was begun by legendary PR man Bill Rabe on New Years Day in 1976. Since then, the tongue-in-cheek list has relegated hundreds of misused words to the scrap heap. Last year's list included viral,epic, and fail.
The city of Lansing is awarding $125,000 in grants to eight local arts institutions. The funding is to help the groups build a "sense of place" that will make Lansing a destination for arts and culture.
Leslie Donaldson is the executive director of the Greater Lansing Arts Council. She says Lansing's sense of place can be defined in different ways.
In October of 2012, the annual fees assessed on some drivers caught without a license or insurance will be history. Governor Rick Snyder signed a law Wednesday that critics of the fees hope will be a first step toward eliminating the unpopular driver responsibility fees altogether. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
The Michigan Supreme Court will let stand a lower court ruling that the state violated its constitution by withholding 3 percent from state employee paychecks and earmarking it for retiree health care.
The court ruling Wednesday was unanimous. It denies a state government request to challenge a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling from this summer.
Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says the city has been "blessed" by the work of his chief of staff and finance director, Jerry Ambrose. Ambrose has announced he's taking a new position as the financial advisor to the city of Flint's emergency manager, Michael Brown.
Ambrose presided over a profound economic downturn that forced the city to layoff dozens of police and firefighters in the last year.
Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped a third consecutive month and now stands at 9.8%. That's the lowest the rate has been in more than three years. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, there's good and bad news in the numbers.
Lansing, MI – The huge slab of dirt along Washington Avenue in Lansing's REO Town neighborhood will soon be covered in concrete. Since May, crews have been preparing the future site of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new co-generation power plant. The facility will come online in the summer of 2013 and will produce both steam and electric power.
Tourism officials in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to parlay their recent dust-up over mittens into a donation drive.
The two states' tourism departments got into a good-natured battle last week over whose state has the better claim to looking like a mitten. Now the states are trying to capitalize on the publicity with the Great Lakes Mitten Campaign, an effort to collect mittens for charities.
The debate over establishing and paying for a state-operated health insurance exchange has been pushed into next year. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, lawmakers will begin their winter break at the end of this week without voting on a requirement of the new federal health care law.
Lansing, MI – Construction workers say Lansing's water infrastructure needs a major overhaul. They're calling on Congress to allocate more funding to fix the city's storm water and sewer system. They say it's both a matter of public safety and economic development.
LANSING, MI – Republican leaders at the state Capitol say they expect to wrap up work this week on a plan to ensure there's money to help low-income families with their heating bills this winter. But their efforts are already being criticized because they don't encourage energy efficiency.
A fight could be brewing at the state Capitol over funding an exchange that would allow people and businesses to comparison-shop for health insurance. The state is supposed to create the exchange as part of the new federal health care reform requirements. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
Michigan wildlife officials say it appears that slightly more deer were killed in this year's firearms hunting season than during the same period in 2010.
The Department of Natural Resources said Friday that initial estimates suggest the harvest ranged from unchanged to 10 percent higher in the Upper Peninsula. The northern Lower Peninsula also appears to have had a roughly 10 percent increase.
The take appears to have dropped by 5 to 10 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula.
Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags in Michigan to be lowered Tuesday in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe.
The 71-year-old Saugatuck resident died on Oct. 25.
In a news release, Snyder calls Wolpe "an outstanding public servant and leader."
The governor's office says Wolpe will have two separate memorial services. One will be held Tuesday at Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University. The other is scheduled for Thursday in Washington.
More university-sponsored charter schools would be able to operate in Michigan under a bill in the state House. But as Michigan Public Radio's Chelsea Hagger reports, a vote on the measure has been slowed because some lawmakers are skeptical.
Those who oppose the proposal to get rid of the charter school cap say they are not surprised it failed to gain enough support to come up for a vote in the House - which is controlled by a GOP majority.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether Michigan State University can continue to enforce its rule against harassing its employees as they do their jobs.
Jared Rapp confronted and yelled at a university employee in an MSU parking garage after found a ticket on his car. The employee felt threatened and called the campus police. The employee sat in his car waiting for the police to arrive while Rapp hovered outside the vehicle and snapped pictures with his mobile phone.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to decide whether the Michigan High School Athletic Association discriminated against a former exchange student from South Korea. The MHSAA is being accused of discrimination for refusing to allow the student to play football.
Organizers of a campaign to overturn the state's new emergency manager law say the petition drive is invigorated by reports that legislative leaders are working on a back-up plan in case the law is halted.
EAST LANSING, MI – MSU Symphony conductor Leon Gregorian has been on research leave this semester. He'll be back to conduct the MSU Symphony Orchestra next semester, and then plans to retire in April. He'll be conducting the upcoming "Home for the Holidays" concert, and WKAR's Melissa Benmark recently spoke with him, asking him first about his time off.
In the last few days of a dying person's life, hospice care can provide comfort in the home setting.
Now, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering hospice care for pets.
Brandt Peterson and Casey Williamson met in 1999 while walking their dogs Isabel and Suki in Austin, Texas. Isabel didn't easily warm up to strangers, but was affectionate with them. She also was very athletic.