Roads commission http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-246 <p><strong>Archbishop says he&#39;ll discuss parish closing plan</strong></p><p>The leader of 1.3 million Roman Catholics in&nbsp;southeastern Michigan says he&#39;s releasing the results of a review of a proposal to merge or close dozens of parishes in the face of&nbsp;population shifts within the Archdiocese of Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The archdiocese says that Archbishop Allen Vigneron will talk at&nbsp;4 p.m.&nbsp;today about the plans for the realignment of the 267 parishes.&nbsp;</p><p>On Dec. 1, Vigneron said the archdiocese would review a plan to close nine parishes and merge 60 others into 21. A committee of lay&nbsp;leaders helped draft that plan.&nbsp;The archdiocese says Vigneron&nbsp; completed the plan earlier this month, and its results were mailed out this week to priests and lay&nbsp;members.</p><p><strong>Santorum to speak at Kent County Republican dinner&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Rick Santorum is scheduled to bring&nbsp;his presidential campaign to West Michigan on Monday with a speech to Kent County Republicans.&nbsp;Santorum&#39;s staff said Sunday that the ex-Pennsylvania U.S. senator will address the Kent County Lincoln Day Dinner. It&#39;s set&nbsp;for 7 p.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p>Santorum has been surging in the Republican presidential polls nationwide and in Michigan, which holds its primary Feb. 28.&nbsp;A Feb. 11-13 poll of 500 likely Michigan GOP primary voters found 34 percent backing Santorum and 30 percent backing Michigan native and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mott Romney.&nbsp;The 4 percentage point difference is within the 4.4 point margin&nbsp;of sampling error. Glengariff Group Inc. did the polling for The&nbsp;Detroit News, WDIV-TV and WZZM-TV.</p><p><strong>Snyder to sign Michigan road commission bills</strong></p><p>Legislation that will allow county boards of commissioners to take over duties of county road commissions is expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.&nbsp;Snyder is scheduled to sign the legislation Tuesday at the state<br />Capitol.&nbsp;</p><p>The bills were approved by the Michigan Legislature earlier this month.&nbsp;Supporters say the measures would save money by eliminating&nbsp;duplicative administrative costs.&nbsp;Appointed county road commissions could be dissolved by a&nbsp;majority vote of a county&#39;s board of commissioners.</p><p>Voters would&nbsp;have the final decision on whether to dissolve road commissions in&nbsp;counties where road commissioners are elected.&nbsp;Some critics say a vote of the people should be required in all&nbsp;counties because each road commission was created by such a vote,<br />not just those with elected commissioners. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:44:44 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6281 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news...