Surprises, upsets and history at the polls
March 13 2013
Wednesday, Nov. 7 — Democrats won some surprising and historic victories in Lansing and Ingham County on Tuesday
Mayor Virg Bernero on Red Cedar approval; EFM defeat; and a pledge to not seek reelection if Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township merge
March 13 2013
Thursday, Nov. 8 — What started out as excitement to redevelop the former Red Cedar Golf Course evolved into a criticism of Gov. Rick Snyder’s urban agenda, which was underscored by the repeal...
Roughly 200 people rally at the Capitol to support driver’s licenses for undocumented students
March 13 2013
Friday, Nov. 9 — Buses from around the state arrived at the Capitol today to oppose the Michigan secretary of state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses for those who qualify for a federal...
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants a federal judge to dismiss Attorney General Bill Schuette’s lawsuit against a Lansing casino
March 13 2013
Tuesday, Nov. 13 — In response to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s attempt to stop their casino project in Lansing, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has asked a federal...
Coalition calls on feds to avoid fiscal cliff, solve debt crisis
March 13 2013
Wednesday, Nov. 14 — The Michigan chapter of a national nonpartisan coalition of business leaders, politicians and advocates have a simple message for Congress and the president: Fix the debt
A good year for BWL means no rate increases in the near future for its utilities, general manager says
March 13 2013
Thursday, Nov. 15 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light had a good year, which means the publicly owned utility won’t be raising electric, steam and water rates in the near future, General...
Mayor is on an “economic mission”
March 13 2013
Friday, Nov. 16 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero left the country Thursday night for a roughly weeklong “economic mission” in northern Italy to meet with “top manufacturers in that...
Ingham County joins new program that helps businesses finance energy efficiency projects
March 13 2013
Monday, Nov. 19 — Ingham County became the first countywide government in the state last week to join a program that helps businesses become more energy efficient
Checking in with the Financial Health Team; the ongoing Niowave saga; and Council disappointment in the mayor’s “economic mission” to Italy
March 13 2013
Monday, Nov. 19 — It’s been seven weeks since former Mayor David Hollister dropped by City Hall to brief the Council on the city’s precarious financial situation. He was back tonight,...
Food donation competition starts Tuesday in downtown Lansing for Greater Lansing Food Bank
March 13 2013
Monday, Nov. 26 — The season of competitive giving is upon us: on Tuesday a five-hour food and money collection drive in downtown Lansing will benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank
Bernero brings back jobs from Italy
March 13 2013
Monday, Nov. 26 — After taking some heat last week from a few Lansing City Council members for going to Italy and not telling them about it, Mayor Virg Bernero announced tonight that an Italian “green...
Team of city employees wins charitable food donation contest for third year in a row
March 13 2013
Wednesday, Nov. 28 — A team of city of Lansing employees is putting together a dynasty in competitive charitable food donating
Environmental group and governor on different pages on energy
March 13 2013
Wednesday, Nov. 28 — In a special message on energy and the environment today, Gov. Rick Snyder hyped up natural gas as a mainstay for Michigan’s future energy needs. It was a different vision...
Refinancing bonds, turning over tax-foreclosed properties scheduled for Monday’s City Council meeting
March 13 2013
Friday, Nov. 30 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to take up business Monday night that Mayor Virg Bernero says could ultimately save taxpayers up to $4 million by refinancing debt
Greater Lansing Food Bank “incubator farm” to offer shared growing space
March 13 2013
Monday, Dec. 3 — Building on a roughly 30-year history of offering greater Lansing access to gardening opportunities through its Garden Project, the Greater Lansing Food Bank has launched a new effort...
Lansing elected officials say bill would put guns in the “hands of criminals”
March 13 2013
Monday, Dec. 3 — At a press conference today inside the Capitol, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero had some potent words for a bill he and other opponents say would make it easier for criminals to obtain...
Council approves bond refinancing, leaving tax-foreclosed properties in county’s hands
March 13 2013
Monday, Dec. 3 — This week in Brian Jeffries and Carol Wood versus the administration: The opposing sides manage to turn a “good news story” into an argument over unanswered questions
Restoration of the Knapp’s Center begins
March 13 2013
Tuesday, Dec. 4 — After three years of the city and developers facing economic hurdles, restoration of the Knapp’s Center in downtown Lansing is formally underway
Graffiti artist sentenced to probation and fines
March 13 2013
Wednesday, Dec. 5 — As long as he follows through with probation, Jeffrey Scott Handley Jr. will not have a felony on his record nor serve jail time for tagging Capitol property with graffiti three...
Hacker affiliated with Anonymous claims to have stolen nearly 1,500 names, email accounts and encrypted passwords from MSU affiliates
March 13 2013
Wednesday, Dec. 5 — An online hacker claims to have published nearly 1,500 names, email addresses and encrypted passwords and home addresses of people affiliated with Michigan State University