State News Archive

POLL: Snyder widens lead over Schuaer

By Paul Egan Detroit Free Press LANSING (MCT) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s lead over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer has grown to eight points as his support among Independent voters has strengthened in the last month, according to the latest EPIC-MRA poll conducted exclusively for the DetroitFree Press, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and their statewide media […]

GT deputy shortage leads to road patrol shuffle

By Matt Troutman The Record-Eagle TRAVERSE CITY (MCT) — A recent exodus of Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies forced officials to shuffle schedules to shore up road patrols. Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley said he’s removing deputies from assignments as school resource officers and with the Traverse Narcotics Team effective Oct. 27. He said […]

Democrats introduce bill for charter school transparency

By Jennifer Dixon Detroit Free Press (MCT) — House Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that outlines specific measures which charter schools, their authorizers and their management companies must take to be more transparent about school finances. The legislation comes several months after an eight-day Detroit Free Press series on charter schools. The bill’s sponsors include Rep. Sarah Roberts, […]

Teacher faces sex crime accusations

By MATT TROUTMAN The Record-Eagle TRAVERSE CITY (MCT) — A local teacher faces accusations he carried on a sexual relationship with a former Suttons Bay High School student. Leelanau County authorities on Monday filed an arrest warrant for Scott Lee Tompkins, 63, of Maple City, on three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Court documents […]

‘No excuses left’ for Detroit leaders after bankruptcy

Post-bankruptcy Detroit will provide plentiful opportunities for investments, but only if elected officials deliver substantive improvements in basic services, the city’s bankruptcy strategists said Friday. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Miller Buckfire President Ken Buckfire, the city’s investment banker, told a crowd of investors at the University of Michigan’s Private Equity Conference that a […]

No spending cap in Michigan governor’s race

LANSING – Spending caps appear to be lifted for the Michigan governor’s race as a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office said Friday the Democratic campaign of Mark Schauer has indicated it is not seeking public financing for the general election. Schauer earlier received about $1 million in public funding for the primary election, […]