Michigan Court of Appeals

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Court of Appeals has sided with House Republicans in a procedural dispute with minority Democrats over when two pieces of labor legislation take effect.

On March 30, an Ingham County judge issued the order aimed at ensuring Republicans follow certain procedures when granting what is called "immediate effect" to bills approved by lawmakers.

That status determines how quickly a new law kicks in once signed by the governor.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments against the state's decision to grant permits for a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The court decided this week to consider an appeal by groups opposing the mine, including the National Wildlife Federation and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

They contend the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should not have granted permits for the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine, formerly known as the Kennecott Eagle mine. It's under construction in Marquette County.

MUNISING, MI (AP)--   A woman who was just days away from leaving a job at an Upper Peninsula lodge can sue her former employer over her broken leg in an icy parking lot.

An Alger County judge dismissed the case after the Cherrywood Lodge in Munising argued that the ice was obvious, especially in the U.P. But Angela Sabatos has persuaded the state appeals court to reopen the case.  The court says there was no way for Sabatos to avoid the icy lot in March 2009. One witness said it was like a big skating rink.