East Lansing http://wkar.org en EL city attorney position stirs emotion http://wkar.org/post/el-city-attorney-position-stirs-emotion <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/council/" target="_blank">East Lansing City Council</a> already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:57:14 +0000 Mark Bashore 55520 at http://wkar.org EL city attorney position stirs emotion MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? http://wkar.org/post/msus-beepalooza-offers-education-bee-petting <p></p><p>It was inevitable that <em>Current State</em> caught the buzz about <a href="http://www.ent.msu.edu/news/article/spend_a_day_with_bugs_june_22_during_bee_palooza_and_bug_house_open_house" target="_blank">Beepalooza</a>. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:56:38 +0000 Melissa Benmark & Mark Bashore 55521 at http://wkar.org MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? Community rallies to rebuild EL park http://wkar.org/post/community-rallies-rebuild-el-park <p>A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/playgroundinthepark/" target="_blank">Patriarche Park</a>. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and <em>Current State’s</em> Kevin Lavery has been following their progress.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:43:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55455 at http://wkar.org Community rallies to rebuild EL park Director previews 51st EL Art Festival http://wkar.org/post/director-previews-51st-el-art-festival <p></p><p>The <a href="http://elartfest.com/" target="_blank">East Lansing Art Festival</a> returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:57:35 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53787 at http://wkar.org Director previews 51st EL Art Festival LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir http://wkar.org/post/live-music-elhs-gospel-choir <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Current State's</em> featured musicians this Friday are the</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/EastLansingGC" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;East Lansing High School Gospel Choir</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Twelve of the group's 25 members joined us in-studio today. </span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:56:31 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53103 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir EL budget aims more spending at roads http://wkar.org/post/el-budget-aims-more-spending-roads <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">East Lansing officials are working on the city’s <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/FY15Budget/">budget</a> for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.</span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:07:24 +0000 Mark Bashore & Scott Pohl 52207 at http://wkar.org EL budget aims more spending at roads MSU and Michigan Meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship | Current Sports | WKAR http://wkar.org/post/msu-and-michigan-meet-big-ten-tournament-championship-current-sports-wkar <p>MSU topped Wisconsin on Saturday, moving on to the Big Ten Final! It's the first time in the 17 year history of the Big Ten Tournament that MSU and Michigan will meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon! WKAR's Al Martin reports from Indianapolis on just what this means to the Spartans and how this one could be a bit of payback for the team.</p><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:57:19 +0000 Current Sports 50721 at http://wkar.org Current State #214 | December 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-214-december-5-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today on <em>Current State:&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">new book examines the turbulent times&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in East Lansing during the 1960s; a lawsuit strives to give 'personhood' to chimpanzees; a tribute to radio legend Karl Haas at Wharton Center; and one&nbsp;MSU&nbsp;class puts out a cultural guide for international students.</span></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:25:37 +0000 Current State 46238 at http://wkar.org Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL http://wkar.org/post/local-politico-writes-stormy-1960s-el <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-18817f93-c362-e209-9d6d-84235218f18c"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Many in the Lansing area know Lingg Brewer as a longtime Ingham County Clerk from 1977 to 1994, and then as a three-term Democratic State Representative. &nbsp;Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the <a href="http://www.impression5.org/">Impression 5 Museum</a>.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">In his new book, “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Gone-Wrong-Michigan-University/dp/0991042409">Dreams Gone Wrong</a>,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s </span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and </span>protest&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">played</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"> out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;</span></p><div> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:22:28 +0000 Current State 46234 at http://wkar.org Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL http://wkar.org/post/new-council-members-woods-boyle-detail-priorities-el <p>The <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/council/">East Lansing city council</a> picked up two new members last week. Susan Woods and Ruth Beier were elected to four-year terms, and Kathleen Boyle will stay on the council after winning the right to serve the balance of the term to which she was appointed last year. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:33:48 +0000 Current State 45230 at http://wkar.org New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL Election 2013: New faces emerge in East Lansing's council race http://wkar.org/post/election-2013-new-faces-emerge-east-lansings-council-race <p></p><p>We continue our Election 2013 coverage today with a look at the race for city council in East Lansing.&nbsp; There are four candidates for full terms on the council, and an appointee to the council has a challenger for the right to fill the balance of a term. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:04:51 +0000 Current State 44317 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: New faces emerge in East Lansing's council race East Lansing asks residents for input on long-term plans http://wkar.org/post/east-lansing-asks-residents-input-long-term-plans <p>City officials in East Lansing are asking citizens to look at &ldquo;The Bigger Picture.&rdquo;&nbsp; That&rsquo;s the name of East Lansing&rsquo;s long-range <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/ComprehensivePlan/">comprehensive plan</a>. The city will study its land usage to come up with the best strategies for residential and retail development. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:45:34 +0000 Current State 43745 at http://wkar.org East Lansing asks residents for input on long-term plans 'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds' http://wkar.org/post/one-book-one-community-features-book-yellow-birds <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:26:46 +0000 Current State 40884 at http://wkar.org 'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds' How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses http://wkar.org/post/how-whole-foods-might-affect-similar-local-businesses <p>Texas-based <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/">Whole Foods</a> recently announced plans to open a new store on Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township in 2015.&nbsp; This location will put the new organic food store in very close proximity to several similar stores, including Foods for Living and the East Lansing Food Co-op. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:34:34 +0000 Current State 40301 at http://wkar.org How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses Lansing, East Lansing and four others to consolidate fire services http://wkar.org/post/lansing-east-lansing-and-four-others-consolidate-fire-services <p></p><p>Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception. &nbsp;Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim&nbsp;in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:47:11 +0000 Current State 37309 at http://wkar.org Lansing, East Lansing and four others to consolidate fire services East Lansing development process moving forward http://wkar.org/post/east-lansing-development-process-moving-forward <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday, a public panel in East Lansing might have moved the city a little closer to updating a key downtown space.&nbsp; The city’s Park District review team made recommendations regarding specific development companies and their plans for that space. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:58:56 +0000 Current State 36323 at http://wkar.org East Lansing development process moving forward Lansing regional human rights ordinances push for LGBT inclusion http://wkar.org/post/lansing-regional-human-rights-ordinances-push-lgbt-inclusion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, officials from East Lansing and Meridian, Delhi and Delta Townships launched the One Capitol Region Coalition. &nbsp;The group seeks to expand local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in the greater Lansing area. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 16:23:19 +0000 Current State 35741 at http://wkar.org Lansing regional human rights ordinances push for LGBT inclusion Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock http://wkar.org/post/lansing-business-news-mlives-angela-wittrock-8 <p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:43:24 +0000 Current State 34296 at http://wkar.org Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment http://wkar.org/post/east-lansing-hs-set-raise-1-million-theater-endowment <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">East Lansing high school presents </span><a href="http://elps.k12.mi.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=371" style="line-height: 1.5;">"And The World Goes Round"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The </span><a href="http://elps.k12.mi.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=13033&amp;" style="line-height: 1.5;">"Gala of Gratitude"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is part of the </span><a href="http://www.eastlansingedfoundation.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">East Lansing Foundation's</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effort to raise $1 million for students &nbsp;to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.</span></p><p>Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.</p><p>One of those people is <a href="http://theatre.msu.edu/index.php/people/graduate-students/dana-brazil/">Dana Brazil</a>. &nbsp;Brazil is the Associate Director of the<a href="http://whartoncenter.com/education/institute.aspx"> MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity</a> at the Wharton Center. &nbsp;She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.</p><p><br>WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:58:59 +0000 Current State 33118 at http://wkar.org East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment Current State #39 | March 7, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-39-march-7-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:14:19 +0000 Current State 32351 at http://wkar.org Road construction will snarl East Lansing traffic through summer http://wkar.org/post/road-construction-will-snarl-east-lansing-traffic-through-summer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A major road construction project is getting underway in East Lansing. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Department of Transportation says there will be improvements on Grand River Avenue from Coolidge Road to Park Lake Road, and on Michigan Avenue from the west city limits to Grand River.</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:49:36 +0000 Current State 32348 at http://wkar.org Road construction will snarl East Lansing traffic through summer Oscar preview with founder of East Lansing film festival http://wkar.org/post/oscar-preview-founder-east-lansing-film-festival <p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:58:01 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 31588 at http://wkar.org Current State #9 | January 24, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-9-january-24-2013 <p>On today's <em>Current State</em>: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:20:09 +0000 Current State 30068 at http://wkar.org Current State #9 | January 24, 2013 Incoming EL Board Members May Pursue Red Cedar Reversal http://wkar.org/post/incoming-el-board-members-may-pursue-red-cedar-reversal <p>East Lansing residents are still discussing last week's emotional <a href="http://elps.k12.mi.us/education/components/whatsnew/default.php?sectiondetailid=12602&amp;itemID=2778">move to reconfigure the district’s schools.&nbsp;&nbsp; </a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 27810 at http://wkar.org Incoming EL Board Members May Pursue Red Cedar Reversal After Reconfiguration Vote, EL Super Confident Of Tech Bond Approval http://wkar.org/post/after-reconfiguration-vote-el-super-confident-tech-bond-approval <p>East Lansing's top school official says he thinks voters will approve new funding for technological improvements throughout the district. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:45:01 +0000 Mark Bashore 27496 at http://wkar.org After Reconfiguration Vote, EL Super Confident Of Tech Bond Approval Survey: East Lansing Residents Favor Combining Service Cuts With Taxes http://wkar.org/post/survey-east-lansing-residents-favor-combining-service-cuts-taxes <p></p><p>Officials in East Lansing have released the results of a <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/communitysurvey">community survey</a>, with the intention of using the information to shape future priorities.</p><p>The public opinion research firm Marketing Resource Group contacted&nbsp;400 registered East Lansing voters for the survey. The margin of error was about 5%. Results of this year’s survey can be found on the city’s website.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 24798 at http://wkar.org Survey: East Lansing Residents Favor Combining Service Cuts With Taxes Citing "Perfect Storm," Panel Will Explore Lansing Revenue Overhaul http://wkar.org/post/citing-perfect-storm-panel-will-explore-lansing-revenue-overhaul <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero calls it his "most serious and important endeavor." He is urging a new 'Financial Health Team' to explore whether the time has come for a new model of city finance.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 25586 at http://wkar.org Citing "Perfect Storm," Panel Will Explore Lansing Revenue Overhaul Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review http://wkar.org/post/amid-some-skepticism-lansing-panel-launches-financial-review <p>In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders are diving into an initiative with far-ranging implications. The team—headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister—will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 24024 at http://wkar.org Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review EL Council Could Fill Vacancy Tuesday http://wkar.org/post/el-council-could-fill-vacancy-tuesday <p>The East Lansing city council is expected to fill a vacancy on the council tonight.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 24033 at http://wkar.org EL Council Could Fill Vacancy Tuesday EL Officials Get Input on Downtown http://wkar.org/post/el-officials-get-input-downtown <p>East Lansing city officials say they're pleased with the public input they're getting about what to do with some prime downtown real estate. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 22:56:58 +0000 Mark Bashore 23588 at http://wkar.org EL Officials Get Input on Downtown