Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 17, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 05/17/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— Michigan may get $2.3M in drug claims

LANSING — Michigan is expected to receive a $2.3 million share of a $500 million settlement of claims that an India-based pharmaceutical manufacturer distributed adulterated drugs.

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the terms of the deal Thursday.

The complaint says that Ranbaxy knowingly made and sold generic products whose quality and purity didn’t meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards. Ranbaxy is based in Gurgaon, India.

Schuette’s office says the adulterated drugs caused false or fraudulent claims to be submitted to Michigan’s Medicaid Program.

He says Ranbaxy will pay $350 million in civil damages and penalties as well as $150 million in criminal fines and forfeitures. About $267 million will go to Medicaid programs, funded by the federal government and the states.


Albion is closing its public high school

ALBION— Albion Public Schools no longer is offering students a high school education.

The school board decided in a 5-1 vote that beginning this fall Albion High School will close and only students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be taught by the district.

A $1 million budget deficit could approach $8 million within five years if not addressed, according to officials.

“The idea was how can we come up with some ways of working together to have cost savings and efficiency for both systems,” school board president Al Pheley told WXMI-TV. “I know that this is a better option, we believe than what was available if we tried to keep it a K-12. We would not be able to offer a quality education to those students so hopefully everybody will keep that in mind.”

The vote was taken Tuesday night.


Long line already for one tough mayorship

DETROIT — Detroit’s next mayor will inherit a city low on cash and an office low on power, yet nearly two dozen candidates are seeking the job anyway.

In announcing he won’t seek a second term, Mayor Dave Bing slammed Michigan officials for ceding most of his power to an emergency manager who currently controls almost every aspect of City Hall, from spending to hiring.

That arrangement, coupled with a stubbornly high crime rate, blighted neighborhoods and a financial crisis that has pushed Detroit toward bankruptcy, raised an obvious question: Who really would want this job? The answer: the largest field of mayoral candidates in nearly two decades.

Twenty-two people filed to run for the seat.