Lansing, East Lansing, Windsor Twp. only localities to opt into state medical marijuana licensing
Dec. 14 2017
To allow or not to allow — that is the question for communities across Michigan when it comes to medical marijuana facilities. Many municipalities in the greater Lansing area are taking the wait-and-see...
After citizens reject an income tax, everything is on the table
Dec. 14 2017
City Manager George Lahanas, during a special City Council meeting Sunday, provided a memo of potential cuts to parks and recreation. That hypothetical proposal includes yanking all support from the city...
Dec. 14 2017
By temperament, and perhaps talent, Virg Bernero always had the political makings of a mayor. He chafed at the measured pace of a county legislator, state representative and senator, his pre-mayoral elected...
Schor announces department head choices
Dec. 14 2017
Mayor-elect Andy Schor has announced the 12 members of his cabinet. Four are new faces to city government and eight are familiar ones. Here’s who’s who and what they’re doing
Schor plans to target neighborhood economic development
Dec. 14 2017
With a push and pull tension between neighborhoods and large scale developments long gnawing at city government, incoming Mayor Andy Schor is reshuffling his departments and cabinet leaders to send a message:...
City to strike against dispensaries not seeking licenses
Dec. 7 2017
Under the recently adopted city ordinance, 25 provisioning center licenses will be issued over the next year. Twenty licenses are up for grabs in this first phase, as required under the ordinance. The...
Dec. 7 2017
Meridian Township’s three PICAs are Carriage Hills on the northwest corner of Hagadorn and Lake Lansing roads; Okemos’ Four Corners, also known as Downtown Okemos, south of Grand River Avenue;...
Wood and Washington likely to lead Lansing City Council
Dec. 7 2017
Looking to avoid the tribal struggle that delayed the leadership decision last year by nearly a month, the 2018 City Council is poised to approve Councilwomen Carol Wood and Jody Washington to leadership...
Nov. 30 2017
“Last year, in the period I probably enrolled about 50, so far I’ve only got one,” said Denise Paquette, the outreach and engagement director at the Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 E....
City Council to decide on honoring Grand River Ave. along with Cesar Chavez
Nov. 30 2017
The battle over renaming Grand River Avenue after Cesar Chavez in Old Town, which was supposedly over, took a new turn on Monday night as the Council heard views about whether to add signs acknowledging...
A transgender student’s life or death dilemma
Nov. 30 2017
He was trying, with little support, to fit in at school as a transgender teen. It was a hostile place for people like him, born female but identifying as a male. Aside from the external struggle, he was...
Nov. 30 2017
The Council has to approve the sale of City Hall if the deal is to move forward. Incoming Mayor Andy Schor has said he is “90 percent” behind the plan but still has questions about it, including...
Development continues to push the town from its original image
Nov. 30 2017
With the old bank building on Abbot Road demolished to make way for the Park District development, and the Center City District development project chugging right along, East Lansing residents are watching...
Rollback on Ingham county caucus minutes comes to light — two years later
Nov. 30 2017
Seeking to limit how and what information is available to the public, Democrats on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners have curtailed full reporting of their caucus meetings — a freedom of information...
Ingham County Commission quietly ends meeting videos
Nov. 22 2017
The decision was prompted by a February email from Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum as a possible cost-saving measure as commissioners faced a budget crisis. In April, commissioners approved a resolution...
MSU experts wrestle with food access at Cristo Rey
Nov. 22 2017
“This gym space was used to play bas ketball, to host fun events, quinceañeras (15th birthday parties for girls), social activities,” Garcia said. “Today we use this gym as a space...
Meridian Mall faces shifting paradigm in suburban retail landscape
Nov. 22 2017
The future of CBL Properties’ Meridian Mall could see it no longer relying on housing anchor stores, many of which are downsizing. J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Macy’s and Sears have all announced...
Nov. 22 2017
An unidentified Missouri man is wanted on a felony warrant for malicious destruction of property, but Meridian Township Police say they’re not going to seek extradition. And that’s just the...
Nov. 16 2017
Bauer, who represented the 68th District for six years until she was term limited in 2012, is a former Lansing City Councilwoman. Schor replaced her in the Legislature. Both are Democrats
RPA puts coal plants on life support; BWL plans to pull the plug anyway
Nov. 16 2017
The Trump administration is taking multiple steps to prolong the life of the nation’s aging coal-fired power plants, from reversing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan to intervening in the market and...