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Enter the working solution: Russel Church, Ingham County’s newly arrived chief public defender. Church — through a multi-million-dollar injection of state funding — was hired in January to help overhaul indigent criminal defense in Ingham County. And without him, a “constitutional crisis” would only grow worse, he said. more
Someone named “Hickenlooper” hopped into the 2020 Democratic presidential sweepstakes. In case you missed it. more
This should be freeing: Democrats can pick the candidate who inspires them, who best speaks to their values, who can take a punch and return one in kind, and not worry about gaming the politics. It’ll be ugly no matter what. more
Former Ingham County Commissioner Dennis Louney received a $100 fine following allegations he broke campaign finance law by misusing his county email address to promote his unsuccessful primary reelection campaign. more
This is where it starts to get real. A national consultant met with Lansing’s art community last week to explore the long-cherished dream of a downtown performing arts center. more
Expressing disappointment that the latest class of Lansing firefighters was apparently all white men, Mayor Andy Schor issued new guidelines today for improving diversity in hiring. more
Electric scooters are headed back to Greater Lansing. And they’re bringing cash. more
As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer works to maintain patient access to medical marijuana in Michigan, some industry advocates are still concerned about a looming product shortage on the local market. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor today highlighted more than $100,000 in recent investments designed to bolster governmental accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing. Improvements this year include the installation of assistive listening devices and closed captioning services made available for all re-broadcasted meeting footage. more
A private firm co-owned by Ingham County Undersheriff Andrew Bouck will be paid up to $33,000 by the county this year, partly to provide training for deputies within his own department. more
Minong – or Isle Royale as it’s best known – is now on the National Register of Historic Places. more
Polystyrene is a versatile plastic resin that’s used in two forms: solid and foam, according to the American Chemistry Council. Solid polystyrene is used for auto parts, toys and kitchen appliances. Foam polystyrene is used for common products from surfboards to egg cartons. more
In 2015, the Arthur M. Anderson, loaded with iron ore on a passage across Lake Erie, got stuck in ice for five days near Conneaut, Ohio. more
Every winter lucky Michigan residents might catch a glimpse of the yellow, catlike eyes and milky down of the snowy owl. more
An ongoing state push to save money and increase efficiency by closing or reorganizing district courts has some legal experts questioning if now is the time to cut services for underserved populations. more
A leader of Michigan’s medical marijuana industry applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order today to abolish the board that decides licenses. more
Last week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he’ll once again seek the Democratic nomination for president, launching a campaign premised on the same sort of bold initiatives he championed four years ago: Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and free universal college, along with raising taxes on the wealthy and breaking up big banks. more
Former Sen. Rick Jones’ big crash course in working with media came in 2002 when as Eaton County sheriff he helped evacuate the small town of Potterville in the midst of a nasty train wreck that spilled lots of propane all over the place. more
With legal recreational marijuana, police officers in Greater Lansing are being forced to find ways to search cars other than employing drug-sniffing dogs. more
A massive development project years in the making aims to reinvigorate an empty stretch of Michigan Avenue, connecting East Lansing to the capital city and spurring millions of dollars in economic growth for the region. more
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