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11:07 am
Wed August 27, 2014

BWL's Lark responds to complaints, updates reforms

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark
Credit WKAR

After months of repercussions stemming from December’s ice storm and power outages that affected thousands of people, the Lansing Board of Water and Light continues to generate headlines. Some customers complain of overly aggressive tree trimming by the city-owned utility. Others question the justification for a proposed rate hike. In June, the BWL Board appeared to violate the state’s Open Meetings Act.

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11:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Peckham's Next Step Program

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Next Step Program at Peckham, the vocational rehabilitation non-profit. The program offers individualized services and support for 18-21 year olds who have a prior juvenile record.

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Business
12:21 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

MSU study looks at gender and 'image management'

An MSU study looked at how women should present themselves in job interviews for traditionally male-dominated fields.
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Say you’re a woman, and  you’re interviewing for a job in a traditionally male-dominated field like engineering. What qualities about yourself should you highlight in your interview? A new MSU study offers some ideas.

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Business
12:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

After delay, new EL transportation hub on track for 2015

The new East Lansing hub is projected to open by Fall 2015.
Credit Flickr - Matt Katzenberger

Just off the MSU campus, demolition crews are preparing to raze the first in a series of buildings to make way for a new multi-modal transportation center. The 40-year-old Amtrak depot will eventually come down and be replaced with a larger facility that can handle train, bus and even taxi traffic.

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Business
12:11 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Riding along with Uber in Lansing

Uber is Jeremy Kittle's first experience as a taxi driver. Kittle says he enjoys the scheduling flexibility and innovation the service provides.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The ride-sharing service called Uber has been in the Lansing-East Lansing market for a couple of weeks now. Current State’s Scott Pohl took a ride with Uber driver Jeremy Kittle to learn about the new service from both the rider and the driver's point of view.

Business
11:42 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New trade group supports women in Michigan craft beer industry

Fermenta is a new trade group that supports women in Michigan's craft beer industry.
Credit flickr/Matt Hurst

One of the many things we Michiganders take pride in is our craft beer industry, which is often cited as one of the best in the country. And as this state’s craft beer scene expands and matures, women are increasingly playing a more crucial role in the tradionally male-dominated industry.

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Business
12:12 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Legwork powers green Lansing business

Lansing's Go Green Trikes has even facilitated an apartment move with their green delivery service.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

On last April’s Earth Day, the Lansing company Go Green Trikes launched its all-electric vehicle local delivery service. Go Green Trikes is the brainchild of Yvonne LeFave. She joined us on Current State’s Neighbors in Action segment this past spring to talk about her Earth-friendly service.

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Business
11:34 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Ypsilanti offers cautionary tale on GM tax breaks

GM's Delta Township Plant
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Last Friday, General Motors announced plans for a $37-million expansion of its Delta Township auto production plant. GM will ask the city of Lansing for a tax incentive package to help finance the project. The company will make its initial request to the Lansing City Council this evening.

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Business
12:51 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally

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As Michigan-made brews are flowing from taps all over the state this summer, a game-changer in the micro-brewing business is underway right here in Lansing. American Fifth Spirits aims to offer a variety of micro-distilled liquor to the Lansing community, as well as a historical milestone: it’s Lansing’s first distillery ever.

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Business
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns

American Eagle Super Store is one of the Midwest's largest fireworks retailers.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares.

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Business
1:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

BWL Commissioner supports extension for GM Lark

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager and CEO J. Peter Lark
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

The discussion over reforms to the Lansing Board of Water and Light has continued in recent days. One topic up for debate is whether or not to extend the contract of embattled General Manager J. Peter Lark. A BWL committee has recommended another year for Lark. However, some critics have repeated their view that Lark should leave after the utility’s botched response to last December’s widespread, storm-related power outages.

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Business
1:06 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Social media helps Michigan entrepreneur land beer with Branson

Credit BeerwithBranson.com

We’ve all heard of 6 degrees of separation, the idea that everyone in the world is connected through links of acquaintances. Bugsy Sailor  believes that with social media, the degrees separating people are even smaller.

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance"

One of the offerings from the B. Nektar Meadery, Kill All the Golfers.
Credit Aaron Young/WKAR

Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Picking apart the Silverdome

This forklift is one of the thousands of items being auctioned off at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Credit RJM Auctioneers

The Pontiac Silverdome hosted the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Pope, Wrestlemania, a Super Bowl, and of course, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions. Largely unused since the Lions moved back to downtown Detroit, the Silverdome was sold in 2009 to the Triple Investment Group for about a half-million dollars. Now its assets are going up for auction.

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Business
12:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership

East Lansing based Hometown Housing Partnership attempts to lower the barriers to home-ownership.
Credit http://www.hometownhousing.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Hometown Housing Partnership, an East Lansing based organization that promotes homeownership and offers financial assistance to homebuyers.

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Business
12:19 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime

Lohrmann says that the need for an emergency response team was at the center of the Corps' creation.
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Anyone who ever uses a computer gets hit now and then with e-mail spam or the occasional computer virus. Many are just minor hassles that try to derail our plans, but some do cause significant damage. Now imagine how often large companies and government agencies get hacked by those seeking to inflict harm. To address this, the state of Michigan is creating an all volunteer defense team, the Cyber Civilian Corps.

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Business
2:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up

Mike Stommen of Hazel Park Raceway says you can come to the racetrack and study horses' past performances and 'make your own luck.'
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

Horse racing fans around the country are gearing up for the Kentucky Derby next Saturday. The storied run that kicks off the quest for the Triple Crown will bring thousands of people to Michigan’s three horse tracks. Many will place their bets as they watch the Derby via simulcast. They’ll also come to cheer on local horses and riders who come to the tracks to test their mettle.

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Business
12:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

BWL ice storm report delayed again

Louney attributes delays to a desire by the Community Review Team to dig deeper into the issue.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

There will been another delay in the release of the report reviewing the response of the Lansing Board of Water and Light to last December’s huge ice storm.

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12:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Entrepreneur rolls out green, three-wheeled delivery service

Yvonne LeFave says she decided to launch her business because she wanted to show people what's possible.
Credit Courtesy of Go Green Trikes

A new eco-friendly business will hit the ground peddling tomorrow. Go Green Trikes will employ electric-assisted bikes  to make deliveries in the greater Lansing area.

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Business
1:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition

Last year, John Smith produced 361 gallons of maple syrup, compared to 250 gallons this year.
Credit Flickr - Wigwam Jones

As you drive west from Ionia, Michigan, you’ll come to the little town of Saranac. Its streets are lined with a bountiful number of large old maple trees. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many of them with pails and spouts attached to collect sap for maple syrup.

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Business
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Michigan peaches, wine grapes take hit in brutal winter

Mark Longstroth thinks the harsh Michigan winter will result in a 50 percent reduction in peaches.
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The sun may be shining and the snow may be melting, but the effects of this year’s harsh winter are still lingering. The ice and cold of the season damaged some of Michigan’s fruit trees.

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Business
11:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Business leaders update "Michigan Turnaround Plan"

Doug Rothwell, CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, says Michigan has seen significant improvement in terms of a balanced budget and tax rates since 2009.
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An organization that includes many of Michigan’s top corporate leaders is making new recommendations on the way ahead for the state. “Business Leaders for Michigan” is a non-profit whose 90 or so members are among the top executives of the state’s most established businesses including General Motors, Dominos Pizza and Meijer.

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Business
1:51 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan social entrepreneurs seek profits and change

This year, Michigan Corps and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation are hosting their second competition for Michigan entrepreneurs.
Credit courtesy of michigancorps.org

Social entrepreneurship, where for-profit businesses seek to offer creative solutions to our society’s biggest needs, has become a rising trend across the country. Last year, Detroit was home to the nation’s first social entrepreneurship competition, which attracted more than $1-million in new investment for a diverse group of new businesses that focus on such issues as energy efficiency, affordable medical devices, and coffee roasting.

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Business
1:25 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Michigan Legislature considers state stock exchange

For 70 years, until the mid 1970’s, Detroit had its own stock exchange. It’s credited with speeding the growth of General Motors and dozens of other Michigan companies.
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Mention the phrase 'stock exchange' to most people and they’ll likely visualize Wall Street, the home of the New York stock exchange, the world’s biggest. However, smaller, regional stock exchanges are nothing new. A proposal to allow local stock exchanges in Michigan was recently filed in the state legislature. The aim is to allow citizens to invest in small, promising Michigan companies that may not qualify for a larger exchange.

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Business
3:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward

Eric Scorsone thinks the development project at Cooley Law School stadium represents a manageable risk for the city of Lansing.
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It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from  the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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12:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Michigan business group says state gains from higher ed reinvestment

According to Doug Rothwell, college education is needed now more than ever before, but it needs to be affordable.
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After years of controversial cuts to higher education, Michigan has begun reinvesting in its colleges and universities. Last month, Governor Rick Snyder proposed a 6.1 percent spending hike for Michigan’s 15 state-funded colleges and universities. Higher education officials applauded the move, which would be contingent on universities limiting tuition increases.

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Business
12:25 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Coney Dogs in The D... in Vegas

Chris Sotiropoulos (left) and his sister, Grace Keros with their staff.
Credit WKAR/Scott Pohl

  

Along with gambling and big production stage shows, Las Vegas is known for fine dining. Everywhere you look, you’ll find a restaurant with a different theme, many of them run by celebrity chefs. Travelers from Michigan, though, might want to consider a more humble spot to grab a bite in Vegas.

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Business
11:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Assessing fallout from UAW defeat in Tennessee

The Volkswagen Passat is manufactured in the Tennessee factory.
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Last week, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers union. The UAW had expected to win that vote, and the rejection is seen as a blow to efforts to expand membership by unionizing plants in the south.

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Business
12:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Advertisers bet big on Olympic Games

Batra says there has been some turnover in Olympic sponsors, but companies like GE and VISA remain.
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While the Super Bowl is big for advertisers, the Olympics are also a coveted time for companies. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Rajeev Batra, a professor of marketing at the University of Michigan. He is an expert in global branding and advertising and explains what it means to be an Olympic sponsor.

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Business
12:56 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she discusses the Lansing metro area's real "GDP."

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