NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST 7 DAYS: Nov 17 2021

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Sparrow nurses vote on strike

About 2,200 members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing are slated to vote this week on whether to organize a strike, possibly as early as next month amid concerns over understaffing and a lack of wage increases. Voting on the strike began Tuesday and ends Sunday. Visit lansingcitypulse.com for more coverage.

Lansing searches for poet laureate

Those interested in promoting poetry as an art form and expanding access to the literary arts in Greater Lansing are encouraged to apply to be Lansing’s next poet laureate — a two-year program that offers a poet a $4,000 stipend to showcase poetry as a literary voice in Lansing. Applications are due back Feb. 7. Visit purelansing.com/poetlaureate for details.

Schor hires new comms director

Longtime public relations professional Scott Bean was hired to replace Valerie Marchand as Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s communication director. Bean has worked at Grassroots Midwest, as well as in the Senate for 12 years — including as chief of staff for two Republican senators. Marchand was last paid an $85,000 annual salary. Bean will earn an annual salary of $70,000.

Church group gives away turkeys

Need a Thanksgiving dinner this year? Larry Mitchel Trice Sr. Community Outreach Services is planning to give away 500 boxed turkey dinners beginning at 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 22) at the LMTS Center, 1122 W. Holmes Road, in Suite #3 of Logan Square next to the U-Haul facility.

Lansing loses public relations legend

Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a one-woman institution in Lansing’s public relations scene, died at 67 last week following a battle with bladder cancer. Rossman-McKinney helped lead the Lansing-based public relations firm of Truscott Rossman and, most recently, worked as the communications director for Attorney General Dana Nessel.

East Lansing elects first Black mayor

The East Lansing City Council selected newly elected Councilman Ron Bacon as mayor — making local history as the first Black person to serve as the city’s mayor. Bacon and newly elected Councilwoman Dana Watson are also the first two Black people to be elected by voters to the City Council. New Councilman George Brookover was also sworn in for a four-year term.

WLNZ relaunches as Michigan Radio

Lansing Community College’s 89.7 FM, WLNZ radio station is now under the management of Michigan Radio, which will also provide public radio programming beginning this week. Those tuning into 89.7 will hear familiar national shows such as “Marketplace,” “BBC Newshour” and Michigan Radio’s flagship, award-winning program “Stateside.” Locally produced programming will still be aired weekly on Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings. 

Teenage boy charged in homicide

A 13-year-old boy has been charged in the homicide of 18-year-old Noah Sisung, whom police said was shot and killed in late October and later found behind the wheel of a pickup truck that crashed into a tree along South Pennsylvania Avenue. Authorities said the boy remains at a juvenile detention facility and will face felony charges of open murder and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police investigate deadly crash

Lansing cops are looking for the driver of a light-colored Chevy S-10 or GMC Sonoma with damage to the front passenger side who reportedly struck and killed a 13-year-old boy walking along the side of West Jolly Road on early Sunday morning. Call tips in to police at 517-483-4600.

Pandemic shutters local schools — again

Several schools across Greater Lansing have temporarily closed their doors following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Potterville Public Schools reportedly shifted to remote learning through Tuesday. Charlotte Upper Elementary School also made a move to remote learning and Stockbridge Community Schools closed on Friday due to widespread staffing shortages.

Commission blocks recall petition for Betz

Republican operative Undra Brown plans to head back to the drawing board this week after the Ingham County Election Commission shot down his plans on Monday to circulate a recall petition against Lansing City Councilman Brandon Betz. Read more at lansingcitypulse.com.

Judge takes action at southside apartments

54-A District Court Judge Cynthia Ward ordered Rivershell Apartments on Bayview Drive to board up the balconies and sliding glass doors across more than 100 of its units following concerns from city of Lansing officials over a lack of routine maintenance, unsafe living conditions and a lack of valid rental certificates. Read more at lansingcitypulse.com.

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