Lansing http://wkar.org en Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year http://wkar.org/post/lengthy-clean-former-gm-sites-could-start-next-year <p></p><p>This week, Lansing area residents had an opportunity to learn more about what’s happening at the large vacant tracts of land along West Saginaw where <a href="http://www.gm.com/" target="_blank">General Motors</a> factory buildings once stood. The three sites were torn down in 2005 and in the last 18 months, officials have found chemical contamination on the grounds including 1,4 Dioxane. &nbsp; Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:33:15 +0000 Kevin Lavery 56488 at http://wkar.org Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill http://wkar.org/post/environmentalist-responds-criminal-probe-lansing-oil-spill <p></p><p></p><p>Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:50:16 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56103 at http://wkar.org Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum" http://wkar.org/post/superintendent-lansing-shabazz-academy-not-just-school-its-living-museum <p></p><p></p><p>Juneteenth is a celebration marking the anniversary of the ending of slavery in America. In Lansing, the <a href="http://www.lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org/" target="_blank">Juneteenth Freedom Festival</a> is in its 21st year. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:43:57 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 55458 at http://wkar.org Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum" LISTEN NOW: Grand American Fish Rodeo http://wkar.org/post/listen-now-grand-american-fish-rodeo <p>Current State broadcast live on Saturday, June 14, from the inaugural Grand American Fish Rodeo at Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing. Listen to the full two-hour special here.</p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:23:56 +0000 Current State 55222 at http://wkar.org LISTEN NOW: Grand American Fish Rodeo Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River http://wkar.org/post/fish-rodeo-takes-over-grand-river <p></p><p></p><p>Dr. Kirk Heinze is host of the regular feature “Greening of the Great Lakes” on WKAR’s MSU Today. Some of those conversations make their way to Current State. In a recent segment, Heinze spoke with Terry Terry, co-founder and president of the <a href="http://www.micharts.org/" target="_blank">Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art</a> and organizer of the new <a href="http://grandamericanfishrodeo.com/" target="_blank">Grand American Fish Rodeo</a>. The Lansing event takes place this today through Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:08:25 +0000 Current State 55090 at http://wkar.org Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River Exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation http://wkar.org/post/exhibit-celebrates-125-years-local-innovation <p></p><p></p><p>If you’ve found yourself passing through Lansing City Hall these past couple of days, you may have noticed a treasured piece of the city’s past. In the lobby now sits a 1901 Curved Dash Olds Runabout. It will be on display there through October as part of a new exhibit entitled “<a href="http://lansinghistory.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Made in Lansing</a>.” Thu, 29 May 2014 18:31:37 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 54419 at http://wkar.org Exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene http://wkar.org/post/pinning-down-lansings-pro-wrestling-scene <p></p><p></p><p>Before the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheIROG" target="_blank">International Ring of Grapplers </a>(IROG) was founded in Lansing two years ago, the best chance of seeing moves like a piledriver and a Double Chickenwing, and the high-flying wrestlers who perform them, was likely on TV. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:20:57 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54296 at http://wkar.org Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget http://wkar.org/post/councilmember-wood-new-lansing-budget <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/City_Council" target="_blank">The Lansing City Council</a> approved a 2015 fiscal year budget totaling $118 million on Monday night. The budget debate was less intense than in recent years since the city did not face a deficit. The document was essentially the same one proposed by Mayor Virg&nbsp;Bernero back in March. Wed, 21 May 2014 16:19:02 +0000 Mark Bashore 54027 at http://wkar.org Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget Art fair gives voice to older foster children looking for homes http://wkar.org/post/art-fair-gives-voice-older-foster-children-looking-homes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan has just over 13,000 children in its foster care system. &nbsp;Most are living in &nbsp;licensed homes, but many live with relatives who are either licensed or unlicensed to provide care. &nbsp;Still others are in child caring institutions. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">May is National Foster Care Month and as part of that observance, one mid-Michigan agency is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork made by foster care children in search of adoption.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:07:38 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53105 at http://wkar.org Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' http://wkar.org/post/council-member-wood-says-lansing-budget-should-impact-quality-life <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor <a href="http://www.votevirg.com/meet-virg.php">Virg Bernero</a> enjoyed a first last night: &nbsp;The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:30:13 +0000 Mark Bashore 51172 at http://wkar.org Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward http://wkar.org/post/city-finance-expert-lansing-ballpark-plan-step-forward <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from &nbsp;the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the <a href="http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t499">Lansing Lugnuts</a> and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20130228&amp;content_id=42085626&amp;sid=t499&amp;vkey=team1">Cooley Law School Stadium</a>.</span> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:37:43 +0000 Current State 50596 at http://wkar.org City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward Orphaned Alaskan moose finds new home at Potter Park Zoo http://wkar.org/post/orphaned-alaskan-moose-finds-new-home-potter-park-zoo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://potterparkzoo.org/blog/potter-park-zoo-welcomes-alaskan-moose-newest-resident" style="line-height: 1.5;">baby moose</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has moved into Lansing’s </span><a href="http://www.potterparkzoo.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Potter Park Zoo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Willow the moose was orphaned in Alaska when her mother died after being hit by a car. When that sort of thing happens, wildlife officials in Alaska arrange to send the orphaned animal to a zoo. Lansing has been hoping to get a baby moose for about a year, and when the call came in, the zoo was ready to act.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:50:19 +0000 Current State 48826 at http://wkar.org Orphaned Alaskan moose finds new home at Potter Park Zoo Frustrated BWL customers vent, demand answers http://wkar.org/post/frustrated-bwl-customers-vent-demand-answers <p></p><p></p><p>Last night more than 50 Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light (BWL) customers who lost power over the last 9 days vented their anger and frustration during a special council session at Lansing City Hall. Residents complained of BWL’s slow response and poor communication. Some who spoke were still without power since an ice storm hit the region on December 22. &nbsp;There were also calls for resignations, demands of an independent review board, and safety concerns that some said went unaddressed by city and BWL leaders.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:12:18 +0000 Current State 47357 at http://wkar.org Frustrated BWL customers vent, demand answers Lansing Council To Review City, BWL Storm Effort http://wkar.org/post/lansing-council-review-city-bwl-storm-effort <div><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 16.5pt;">The Lansing City Council will convene a special session Monday evening to review efforts by the city’s Board of Water and Light and other personnel since Sunday’s crippling ice storm. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:32:09 +0000 Mark Bashore 47232 at http://wkar.org Lansing Council To Review City, BWL Storm Effort City COO expects resolution to county 911 dispute http://wkar.org/post/city-coo-expects-resolution-county-911-dispute <p></p><p></p><p>Last week, <a href="http://bc.ingham.org/Home.aspx">Ingham County commissioners</a> voted 13 to 1 to demand that the city of Lansing pay the $1.1-million the county says it is owed for pension and health insurance obligations for the 34&nbsp; city-employed 911 dispatchers who were transferred last year to the&nbsp; new Ingham County dispatch center. The county’s deadline is January 15th.&nbsp; If payment is not received by then, they say they’ll sue the city. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:02:30 +0000 Current State 46805 at http://wkar.org City COO expects resolution to county 911 dispute 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 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 LAUNCHED celebrates local entrepreneurs http://wkar.org/post/launched-celebrates-local-entrepreneurs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;There’s been a lot of attention devoted to the start-up scene in the Lansing area over the last few years. New ideas and talent have been welcomed and nurtured at incubators like Lansing’s NEO Center and East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, or TIC. Early next year, The Runway, an incubator for fashion designers, opens in the old </span>Knapps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Department store building downtown.</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:35:39 +0000 Current State 46601 at http://wkar.org LAUNCHED celebrates local entrepreneurs From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach http://wkar.org/post/lansing-kenya-marathon-organizer-extends-reach <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Organizers of the <a href="http://www.lansingmarathon.com/">Lansing Marathon</a> are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a </span>5K<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.</span></p><p>Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:16:54 +0000 Current State 46600 at http://wkar.org From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach 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 Current State #212 | December 3, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-212-december-3-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: former LSJ executive Mickey Hirten joins City Pulse&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">as editorial director; tar sands shipping in the Great Lakes region; and a new Broad Art Museum exhibit pays homage to a Lansing-born visionary architect.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:32:59 +0000 Current State 46129 at http://wkar.org Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse http://wkar.org/post/former-lsj-editor-hirten-joins-city-pulse <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">A long-time <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/">Lansing State Journal</a> executive has a new masthead. Mickey Hirten joined the LSJ in 2001 and spent a dozen years as the paper’s executive editor. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:25:48 +0000 Current State 46121 at http://wkar.org Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse Fashion incubator aims to draw design talent to Lansing http://wkar.org/post/fashion-incubator-aims-draw-design-talent-lansing <p>The business start-up scene here in Lansing is about to get another boost. A business incubator for fashion designers called <a href="http://www.runwaylansing.com/">The Runway </a>is expected to open in February in the historic former Knapp’s department store building downtown. The project will house up to 12 designers in residence and a retail store, and will work to retain and cultivate design talent here in mid-Michigan.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:43:14 +0000 Current State 46072 at http://wkar.org Fashion incubator aims to draw design talent to Lansing Niowave docks at Port Lansing http://wkar.org/post/niowave-docks-port-lansing <p></p><p>This week, the <a href="http://www.michiganbusiness.org/#home-intro">Michigan Economic Development Corporation</a> authorized a $3-million loan to Lansing-based <a href="http://www.niowaveinc.com/">Niowave, Incorporated</a>.&nbsp; The particle acceleration company will leverage the funds to build a $200-million medical isotope production facility near the Capital Region International Airport. It’s planning its expansion around <a href="http://portlansing.com/">Port Lansing</a>, the international logistics hub that’s been sprouting up around the airport over the last few years. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:05:47 +0000 Current State 45684 at http://wkar.org Niowave docks at Port Lansing Audio postcard: Lansing preps for 'Silver Bells' http://wkar.org/post/audio-postcard-lansing-preps-silver-bells <p></p><p>On this weekend before Thanksgiving, Lansing is again preparing to host its largest public outdoor event of the year.&nbsp; This is the 29th year for “<a href="http://www.silverbellsinthecity.org/">Silver Bells in the City</a>,” which features music, crafts and an electric light parade through the city’s downtown. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:54:26 +0000 Current State 45679 at http://wkar.org Audio postcard: Lansing preps for 'Silver Bells' Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area http://wkar.org/post/church-survey-assesses-needs-tri-county-area <p>In 2012, the <a href="http://icogl.com/">Church of Greater Lansing</a> conducted a community leadership survey to learn what local leaders feel are the Lansing area's biggest problems. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:35:23 +0000 Current State 45236 at http://wkar.org Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area Current State #200 | November 12, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-200-november-12-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:&nbsp;</em>medical&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">marijuana</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:19:47 +0000 Current State 45174 at http://wkar.org Senator Whitmer address medical marijuana, court of claims http://wkar.org/post/senator-whitmer-address-medical-marijuana-court-claims <p>For about five years, Michigan’s medical marijuana law has authorized doctor-approved patients either to grow pot or to buy it from state-certified "caregivers." Now, the state legislature is looking at a second approach. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:14:57 +0000 Current State 45167 at http://wkar.org Senator Whitmer address medical marijuana, court of claims Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director http://wkar.org/post/business-education-are-priorities-new-arts-council-director <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">The </span><a href="http://www.lansingarts.org/" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Arts Council of Greater Lansing</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> has a new executive director. </span><a href="http://www.lansingarts.org/About/DeborahEMikulaExecutiveDirector.aspx" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Debbie Mikula </a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:52:33 +0000 Current State 45168 at http://wkar.org Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director Higher ed scholarships assist Lansing youth http://wkar.org/post/higher-ed-scholarships-assist-lansing-youth <p></p><p></p><p>With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:41:51 +0000 Current State 45110 at http://wkar.org Higher ed scholarships assist Lansing youth