- February 7, 2014
Part-time Legislature ballot drive moves ahead
Advocates wanting to make Michigan’s Legislature meet part-time instead of year-round got the green light Thursday to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to qualify their measure for the November statewide ballot.Continued ...
Research money small but vital part of farm bill
A group of scientists at Michigan State University huddled around a computer screen earlier this week — not poring over scientific data but watching a webcast of the U.S. Senate.Continued ...
- February 6, 2014
Governor unveils $52B budget, tax cut for some
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed a $52 billion election-year budget that includes a tax cut targeted to low- and moderate-income residents, spending increases on education and local governments, and state aid for bankrupt Detroit’s pension plans.Continued ...
Snyder seeks $14 million invasive species plan
Gov. Rick Snyder wants to spend $14 million over the next two years in a stepped-up fight to head off more invasions by exotic species that spread disease and threaten Michigan’s native plants and wildlife, according to a state official.Continued ...
Bill: Block Asian carp
A member of Congress proposed legislation Wednesday that would order the federal government to cut off links in Chicago waterways between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River system to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.Continued ...
- February 5, 2014
Raptor center shifts focus to education
The Chocolay Raptor Center is focusing its efforts on raptor education over rehabilitation.Continued ...
Michigan escaped prisoner wanted 'second chance'
A convicted killer captured in Indiana after a daring one-day escape from a Michigan prison refused to waive extradition Tuesday and said he made a run after 20 years in custody because he “just wanted a second chance.”Continued ...
Mich. House OKs sentencing rules for young killers
Young killers could no longer be sentenced to mandatory life without parole under legislation nearing final approval in Michigan, but those now incarcerated for crimes committed under age 18 would stay locked up despite pleas for a second look.Continued ...
- February 4, 2014
Detroit council OKs land transfer for new arena
The Detroit City Council today approved transferring vacant city-owned parcels for a new hockey arena and a 45-block entertainment complex just north of downtown.Continued ...
- February 3, 2014
Mich. law may limit growth of digital billboards
A newly minted Michigan law seeks to somewhat limit the growth of digital billboards across the state, in some cases requiring companies to trade in three unused permits to put up one electronic outdoor sign along a highway.Continued ...
Man charged in off-campus shooting
Michigan authorities announced Sunday they have charged a 20-year-old man with shooting a Ferris State University student at his off-campus apartment, while police continued searching for a man they say killed one Michigan State University student and wounded another near that school.Continued ...
- January 31, 2014
Michigan court will look at right-to-work law
The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to take two cases that affect thousands of state workers and divide labor unions and Republicans who control the Capitol.Continued ...
Officials working to ease propane shortage
Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday he will continue exempting motor carriers and drivers hauling propane from hours-of-service regulations to help ease a shortage of the heating fuel brought on by heavy demand during an abnormally cold winter.Continued ...
Michigan in Brief: 01/31/2014
Two snowmobilers recall being stranded; Fundraiser gets probation for tax crime; Terri Land accused of coordinating with PACs.Continued ...
- January 30, 2014
Jury finds man guilty of firing gun along I-96
A man who said he opened fire on motorists along a busy southeast Michigan highway because he believed they were part of a government conspiracy against him was convicted Wednesday of terrorism, assault and other charges.Continued ...