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Ever-more-expensive court races heading higher

Posted: 08/24/2008 - The fights are between groups trying to get a handle on large damage awards and others who are concerned that consumers and wronged employees are going to be left in the dust.

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Michigan graduation rates get new methodology

Posted: 08/24/2008 - High school graduation rates for many Michigan districts are expected to be lower for the class of 2007 because the state is breaking down the numbers in a different way.

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Man, son seek cause of E. coli at Michigan beaches

Posted: 08/24/2008 - A Grand Valley State University professor teamed up with his teenage son and another high school student this summer to find out why E. coli bacteria sometimes closes Michigan beaches.

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Detroit Mayor rejects plea deal

Posted: 08/22/2008 - Friday morning during Kilpatrick’s arraignment, prosecutors made a surprise offer asking the Mayor to resign by September third, and if he does one of two assault charges will be dropped.

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Lawmakers demand study data on Vytorin cancer risk

Posted: 08/22/2008 - Two Michigan lawmakers are giving the makers of the cholesterol drug Vytorin two weeks to produce extensive data on a clinical study indicating the drug might increase the risk of cancer.

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Michigan elections panel OKs ballot proposals

Posted: 08/22/2008 - Michigan voters will decide in November whether to loosen the state's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research and allow medical use of marijuana.

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Librarian fired for book on unsavory patrons

Posted: 08/22/2008 - A Ludington public library employee has been fired for writing a book that describes a range of unpleasant patrons, from the merely unpleasant to online sex fiends.

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Auto firms to end lead-wheel-weight use in Calif.

Posted: 08/21/2008 - An Oakland, Calif., environmental group has announced that Chrysler LLC and three auto-parts makers have agreed to end their use of lead wheel weights in the state.

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Granholm again urged to stop mayor removal hearing

Posted: 08/21/2008 - An attorney for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has made another plea to Governor Jennifer Granholm to put the brakes on a hearing that could lead to the mayor's removal.

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Brother now charged in Grand Haven store killings

Posted: 08/20/2008 - The brother of a man suspected in a double killing at a Grand Haven jewelry store has been charged with two counts of open murder in connection with the crime.

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Report questions prosecution in Lansing killing

Posted: 08/20/2008 - An Ingham County assistant prosecutor has lost his job after an attorney general's investigation into the handling of a wrongful conviction in a 2005 Lansing killing.

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EPA to cite Mich., 4 other states for pollution

Posted: 08/20/2008 - Federal officials accuse five Midwest states including Michigan of violating a new pollution standard for tiny soot particles that can cause respiratory distress in children and the elderly.

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Ford workers catch glimpse of future cars

Posted: 08/20/2008 - Ford is trying to boost employee confidence by letting workers drive vehicles it hopes will pull the storied automaker out of the financial basement.

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