cs131216 http://wkar.org en Current State #221 | December 16, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-221-december-16-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> the Red Cedar Renaissance development; the economic impact of universities; outgoing Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries; and the Potter Park Zoo helps save an endangered toad.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:28:59 +0000 Current State 46741 at http://wkar.org Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing http://wkar.org/post/red-cedar-project-feature-market-rate-and-student-housing <p></p><p>After months of silence, one of the Lansing area’s biggest development projects is back in the news. Officials say they are hoping for groundbreaking by late Spring for the $125-million ‘Red Cedar Renaissance,' formerly the ‘Capital Gateway.' Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:28:07 +0000 Current State 46748 at http://wkar.org Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing Current funding for higher education called 'unsustainable' http://wkar.org/post/current-funding-higher-education-called-unsustainable <p></p><p></p><p>Since 2008, the state legislature has cut funding for its 15 public universities by a whopping 32%, the 13th highest in the nation according to a report issued earlier this year by the<a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&amp;id=3927"> Center on Budget and Policy Priorities</a> in Washington, D.C. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:26:49 +0000 Current State 46747 at http://wkar.org Current funding for higher education called 'unsustainable' Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure http://wkar.org/post/jeffries-reflects-lansing-council-tenure <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/City_Council">Lansing city council</a> begins its 2014 term in three weeks, and for the first time in more than a decade, it will not include at large councilman <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/Brian_Jeffries">Brian&nbsp; Jeffries</a>. Jeffries served 11 years on the council until he was defeated last month by political newcomer Judi Brown Clarke. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Current State 46746 at http://wkar.org Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure Lansing zoo plays role in saving endangered toad http://wkar.org/post/lansing-zoo-plays-role-saving-endangered-toad <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.aza.org/prct/">Puerto Rican crested toad</a> is endangered. At Lansing’s <a href="http://www.potterparkzoo.org/">Potter Park Zoo</a>, officials are involved in a project to help save the toad from extinction. The Puerto Rican crested toad is a native species of toad that cannot be found anywhere else. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:23:11 +0000 Current State 46744 at http://wkar.org Lansing zoo plays role in saving endangered toad