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.
Governor Rick Snyder says he has made no decision yet on whether to sign or veto a ban on taxpayer-funded health benefits for the live-in partners of public employees. The governor says his team is still examining the measure to ensure it will not outlaw benefits offered to the domestic partners of university employees. There's wide disagreement on whether that's the case. But the governor has said he'd likely veto a measure that does not respect the independence of state universities.
The state Senate has approved a measure that could eventually become a back-up plan if the state's new emergency manager law is overturned by voters or by a court ruling. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
House and Senate negotiators are working into the evening to come up with a stop-gap plan to make sure there's financial assistance this winter to help low-income families with their heat bills. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
A court decision this past summer forced lawmakers to come up with a new plan to fund winter home-heating aid. Last winter, 600 thousand households required help.
Scientists say acid rain probably will cause a decline in the Great Lakes region's sugar maple trees.
Sugar maple abundance already has dropped in parts of the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada over the past 40 years, primarily because of high acid levels in soils. The upper Great Lakes region has mostly escaped the damage because its soils are rich in calcium, which provides a buffer against acid.
A proposal to get rid of the limit on the number of university-sponsored K-12 charter schools in the state is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk. The state Senate gave final approval to the measure Thursday at the state Capitol. Democratic lawmakers say it will hurt traditional public schools.
Republican state Senator Phil Pavlov says the final version of the bill should be more acceptable to everyone.
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.