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Michigan police bust exotic animal ring

Posted: 11/08/2007 - The Flint Journal reports a police raid on two Flint-area homes turned up an assortment of unusual pets. Creatures such as wallabies, tarantulas, toucans, alligators and a hedge hog have been reunited with their owners.

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Michigan Senate votes to kill new sales tax on services

Posted: 11/08/2007 - Businesses say the tax is confusing and is unfair because it taxes some services such as consulting, graphic design and skiing but not others. Tomorrow, the House could pass a plan replacing the service tax by adding a surcharge to the new state business tax that takes effect January First.

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Michigan girl found guilty of gluing locks shut at school

Posted: 11/07/2007 - A Kent County Family Court judge will sentence her in a few weeks. She was found guilty on Tuesday. Union High School had to be closed for a day last December while locks were repaired or replaced at a cost of more than $2,000.

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Michigan Senate votes to kill new sales tax on services

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Republicans who control the Senate support the bill as a step forward. But Democrats say they can't back it unless the lost tax revenue is replaced because the money is part of a deal to balance state government's budget.

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Search called off for man believed to have jumped from Mighty Mac

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Witnesses reported seeing a man jump Friday night from near the center of the 5-mile-long bridge. The Cheboygan Daily Tribune says the man is believed to be a 65-year-old resident of the Lower Peninsula. Police have not released his name.

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Muskegon-area man pleads no contest in drowning deaths of 2 girls

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Thirty-year-old Chillum Oudsema of Muskegon Township pleaded no contest Monday to two felony counts of second-degree child abuse. Authorities say the man was supposed to be watching the girls when they drowned August 1st at home in their unused backyard pool.

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Court ruling could derail Jan. 15 Michigan presidential primary

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Ingham County Judge William Collette has ruled that part of the law setting up the primary election is unconstitutional. He says it prevents public access to some information related to voting records in the primary.

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Gun photos get 5 expelled from Belleville High

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Van Buren Public Schools Superintendent Pete Lazaroff says the photos shown on the social networking Web site were taken after a limo picked the students up from a school dance. He says he thinks the students had weapons at the homecoming dance.

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City Council candidate cries foul over opponent's cookies

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Roger Haynes is accusing former state Representative Joanne Voorhees of subconscious campaigning by leaving cookies at an elementary school. He claims the gesture breached state law that prohibits campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place on Election Day.

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Jury finds Berkley woman guilty of killing husband in 2002

Posted: 11/07/2007 - A jury found 33-year-old Rebecca Smith guilty Tuesday. She will be sentenced November 20th. Oakland County prosecutors charged her this spring with killing Michael Lee Smith at their suburban Detroit home in December 2002.

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Bond Proposal Rejected

Updated: 11/10/2007 - A second bond proposal has been rejected for Cassopolis Public Schools.

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Some recall efforts continue to hit snags in Michigan

Posted: 11/06/2007 - A group seeking to recall Democratic Rep. Mary Valentine of Muskegon and Republican Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom of Norton Shores plans to appeal a recent Muskegon County election board rejection of its petition language.

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Mich. delegation wants to override Bush veto on water projects

Posted: 11/06/2007 - The bill contains hundreds of millions of dollars for water projects in the Great Lakes region. The House voted 361-54 to override the veto, with Michigan's nine Republicans and six Democrats united against the president.

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