Where is Houghton? A key supporter of a controversial grant to the bus service may miss meeting tonight, jeopardizing funding
June 26 2013
Wednesday, June 26 — Two members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission who voted last month for a federal grant for Michigan Flyer may be absent from tonight’s meeting, creating doubt...
Cogenerating the pros and cons of the BWL's new REO Town power plant
June 26 2013
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle...
Citizens concerned about flooding, administration responds
June 25 2013
Tuesday, June 26 — At Monday’s Lansing City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, nine residents spoke out about problems they’ve had with flooding — and they believe the city...
A lot of money coupled with little transparency paints troubling picture for 2012 Michigan elections
June 25 2013
Tuesday, June 25 — More than $200 million was spent in Michigan during the 2012 Michigan elections for state offices, judgeships and education board seats, according to a recent report. But nearly...
State House Democrats introduce LGBT marriage equality bills
June 24 2013
Monday, June 24 — Democratic state representatives and gay rights activists introduced legislation this morning to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan. They’re calling the package of bills...
Student government believes it’s under attack by the university. MSU officials say it’s a matter of financial accountability.
June 21 2013
Friday, June 21 — In a move that the Associated Students of Michigan State University says will jeopardize its autonomy from the school, the MSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution...
“Peace pole” is installed at Summer Place Townhomes, honoring community of refugees
June 20 2013
Thursday, June 20 — At the age of 13, Nancy Yang Vue came to the United States from Laos as a refugee in 1976. Now, 37 years later, she’s one of the thousands of success stories of international...
June 20 2013
Our cover this week makes a little fun of my friend Chris Holman (well, I hope he is still my friend) for his role in the airport-Michigan Flyer controversy
Lansing Board of Education adopts slimmer 2013-2014 budget, leaves a fund balance for 2014-2015
June 20 2013
Thursday, June 20 — The Lansing Board of Education approved a $142.5 million operating budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its meeting tonight — it’s about $22.5 million lighter than...
MSU plan to burn trees for energy raises a forest of questions
June 19 2013
"MSU Plant Switches to Wood Biomass Fuel" was the headline June 5 on the MSUToday website — a boast on par with one of Monty Python's more obscure skits, "Man Jumps Across English Channel." Michigan...
June 19 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Car dealerships, like gas stations, arrived on the architecture scene for the first time in the last century. Dealerships like this one with flat roofs...
Lansing, as the first city in Michigan, will be a proving ground for affordable bike-sharing programs
June 19 2013
Until now, bicycle-sharing programs in the United States have been more common in larger cities with a progressive eye toward transportation. Think Denver, Washington and Minneapolis. Come early August,...
Riverview Church's possible purchase of former Cadillac Club and its liquor license may have some tax implications for the church
June 19 2013
In her 13 years on the Lansing City Council, Carol Wood said she's never heard of a church in Lansing owning a liquor license. But that may change soon if the Holt-based Riverview Church purchases the...
June 19 2013
An incumbent usually has a big advantage going into a reelection cycle, but there are many reasons to believe 2014 will be the exception to that electoral rule
Why a vote to block a federal grant for Michigan Flyer would be shortsighted
June 19 2013
Ody Norkin served three years in the Israel Defense Forces from 1972 to 1975 during the 19-day Yom Kippur War. He enlisted at the age of 19 and was a tank commander during most of his tenure, spending...
Michigan education rally emphasizes students, calls for more funding
June 19 2013
Wednesday, June 19 — At 11:36 a.m., a few hundred Michigan students, educators and political leaders prepared for battle on the front steps of the state Capitol building. Instead of shields, they...
Emergent BioSolutions announces opening of new $9.6M building in Lansing
June 17 2013
Monday, June 17— With the raising of the flag and an employee choir’s national anthem preceding them, Mayor Virg Bernero and Emergent BioSolutions officials unveiled the company’s newest...
Rezoning an old gas station, moving forward with the Wet Weather Program and a Jackson National Life agreement
June 17 2013
Monday, June 17 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved rezoning a vacant piece of property in the Stadium District tonight to make way for a multi-story, mixed-use development. The...
More details emerge about former Barnes & Noble site in East Lansing, to be used for training new IT employees
June 14 2013
Friday, June 14 — Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use the former Barnes & Noble bookstore building in East Lansing — a prominent retail space for 40 years — as offices to train...
This is its last weekend, will reopen as a steakhouse later this summer
June 14 2013
Friday, June 14 — Bar 30 in The Heights at Eastwood Towne Center will close after this weekend and reopen as a high-end steakhouse later this summer whose owners include a prominent local restaurateur