Absentee ballots can be tracked online

LANSING — Voters casting absentee ballots now will be able to track their ballots online.

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said in a release Monday that absentee voters who enter personal identification information at the Michigan Voter Information Center website will be able to track their ballot.

The tracking feature notes when an application for an absentee ballot has been received by the local clerk's office, when it was sent, and when the clerk received the returned ballot.

The site allows voters to check whether they are registered to vote, print a sample ballot, find their polling place and locate their local clerk.

MSU heads anti-malaria campaign

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University is leading a $9.1 million federal research project in Malawi to try to control and stop the spread of malaria.

The university says the goal is to start a self-sustained research entity that can implement and test tactics against the mosquito-borne parasite that kills 1 million people worldwide each year.

The National Institutes of Health finances the work. Michigan State began malaria research in Malawi in 1985.

Internal medicine professor Terrie Taylor is leading the study. She spends half the year treating mainly child malaria patients in Malawi.

Malawi has 13 million people and had 4.4 million known malaria cases in the 12 months through June 2007.

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Project details: http://news.msu.edu/story/8048

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