Michigan State University won the NCAA championship against Indiana State University in a March 26, 1979 game featuring MSU's Earvin (Magic) Johnson and Indiana State's Larry Bird, who would carry their storied rivalry into the National Basketball Association, revitalizing the professional game.
The final score in the game that secured MSU's first national championship at the Special Events Center in Salt Lake City was 75-64.
On March 26, 1944, recording artist Diana Ross was born in Detroit.
According to "Mich-Again's Day," by Gary W. Barfknecht, and VH1, Ross started her career in Detroit after she and friends Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, who called themselves the Supremes, signed with Detroit's Motown Records in 1961.
Governor Milliken, from Traverse City, was the longest serving Michigan Governor. He originally became governor in 1969, when Governor Romney accepted a spot in Richard Nixon's cabinet. Thanks to his good nature and charm, he was elected in 1970, 1974, and 1978. As a moderate Republican, he was known for his progressive politics, his support of environmental issues such as the "bottle bill", and his support of Mayor Coleman Young in Detroit.
According to current law, it's a misdemeanor for people to offer inducements, or punishments, to get someone to vote a certain way.
That law applies to ministers as well, who can't threaten excommunication, dismissal or expulsion from the church as they expound on election issues to their congregation.
But Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, wants to take ministers out of that law, and introduced a bill last week that would allow them to threaten, cajole and persuade as much as they want.
The medical marijuana industry is poised for explosive growth in Michigan. And new laws seeking to regulate, tax and legitimize the lucrative business have unleashed a torrent of cash at Lansing decision makers, sending dozens of lobbyists, lawmakers, legislative staffers and business owners scrambling for a piece of the billion-dollar enterprise.
Gov. Snyder joined with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and a group of bipartisan legislators to unveil a comprehensive legislative strategy focused on building on the state's current efforts to tackle the opioid and heroin crisis that continues to plague our communities.
To combat the opioid epidemic and save lives, Michigan needs to address prescription drug abuse more forcefully, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday, March 23, as next steps in the state's efforts were unveiled.
Municipalities that are collecting substantially lower property taxes than they used to from big-box stores must overcome opposition from business interests and their allies in the Legislature to tilt the tax assessing system back in favor of local governments.
State Rep. Andy Schor D-Lansing, wants the state to set aside money to encourage construction or expansion of grocery stores in downtowns and "commercial corridors." Some worry the money would end up in the hands of corporate grocers at the expense of smaller establishments trying to serve their neighborhoods.
The mission of the Best Buy Foundation is to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire their future education and career choices.
On March 25, 1998, the Senate adopted the so-called Detroit Public Schools takeover bill, and sent the legislation to the desk of Gov. John Engler. The measure authorized Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer to appoint a reform board to operate the troubled Detroit Public Schools district.
Source: MIRS Archives