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State cutting back on ski trail grooming

Posted: 11/29/2007 - The DNR says it will carry out existing agreements with volunteer groups that groom cross country trails in state forests. But the department won't enter into any new agreements with the groups during the current fiscal year, which began in October.

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State to release school progress reports Friday

Posted: 11/29/2007 - The Michigan Department of Education plans to release reports for high schools and school districts on Friday. The data measuring adequate yearly progress in academic subjects is required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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Detroit house fire kills visiting girl, injures 3 others

Posted: 11/29/2007 - Andrea Wheeler was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Her 4-year-old son Tashawn and 8-year-old daughter Tanejiona initially were listed in critical condition. Tashawn has been updated to fair condition.

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Kalamazoo school blends environment, business

Posted: 11/29/2007 - The Edison Environmental Science Academy wants its students to create green businesses when they grow up. The school features small class sizes, a greenhouse and three laboratories.

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Michigan House votes to give consumers more time to redeem gift cards

Posted: 11/29/2007 - The legislation approved Wednesday would prohibit selling gift certificates or gift cards that have expiration dates less than five years from the date of purchase. Lawmakers also voted to stop retailers from tacking inactivity or other service fees onto gift certificates.

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Speeding truck on I-94 holds half ton of marijuana

Posted: 11/28/2007 - Investigators tell the Battle Creek Enquirer they found 959 pounds of marijuana in plastic packages inside the plywood bundle. They say the marijuana's worth more than $1 million.

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Truck spills industrial-strength bleach in Menominee

Posted: 11/28/2007 - Deputy Fire Chief Mark Petersen says the tractor-trailer was hauling 12 containers of sodium hypochlorite from a plant in Oshkosh, Wis., to a paper mill in Escanaba. When the driver hit the brakes to avoid a collision, two containers fell over and were punctured.

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Michigan Senate votes to ban sale of toys with lead paint

Posted: 11/28/2007 - The bill's sponsor says steps taken nationally to curb the problem haven't occurred quickly enough. Legislation sent to the House bars people from manufacturing, selling, exchanging or offering for sale certain toys contaminated with toxic substances.

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Most Michigan regional jobless rates dropped in October

Posted: 11/28/2007 - Total employment dropped in most regions last month, mostly because the summer and early fall tourism seasons were winding down. Regional unadjusted jobless rates for October ranged from a low of 4.8 percent in Ann Arbor to a high of 8.2 percent in Monroe.

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Senate refuses to restore 4 Democrats to ballot

Posted: 11/27/2007 - Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop blames Democrats for NOT being on the same page with each other. Edwards, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson last month pulled their names from the ballot because the state violated Democratic National Committee rules by moving up its election.

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Grand Rapids woman loses 530 pounds

Posted: 11/27/2007 - Fifty-one-year-old Nancy Makin will tell her story Wednesday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Makin weighed as much as 703 pounds and spent many years living reclusively in her one-bedroom apartment.

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Two men arrested in armed robbery, shooting of guard dog

Posted: 11/27/2007 - Authorities told WDIV-TV and the Detroit Free Press that the 22-year-old man climbed through a bedroom window of the home adjacent to World K-9 in Monroe County's Summerfield Township, about 45 miles southwest of Detroit.

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