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Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Fait accompli: BWL rate hike precedes public hearing

Lansing City Council President A'Lynne Boles weighs in on proposed changes at the Lansing Board of Water and Light, including an upcoming rate increase.
Credit Courtesy City of Lansing

A’Lynne Boles is currently serving as president of the Lansing City Council.  It’s her third tenure as president, and she's in her seventh year on the council.

Boles represents the city’s third ward, which covers the southwest part of Lansing.

Lately, the city council has been more frequently involved in changes at the city-owned Board of Water and Light.

On Friday, A'Lynne Boles joined us to talk about those changes and other city issues.  Voters will decide whether to expand the board by three non-voting members.  That proposal could be approved in November.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life'

Once they receive the budget, the Lansing city council will compare their priorities and seek public for opinion before it is voted on.
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After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero enjoyed a first last night:  The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood responds to State of the City, insists on open BWL review

Economic development was a major focus of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 2014 State of the City speech at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

In his ninth annual State of the City address last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the capital city is unquestionably moving forward, but that the city needs to maintain momentum.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Election 2013: Yorko, Canfora vie for Lansing's 4th Ward

Chong-Anna Canfora (left) and Jessica Yorko discuss the campaign for Lansing's 4th Ward city council seat with host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Today on Current State, we have the first of a series of segments related to the important decisions to be made by voters next month. The focus is on Lansing’s 4th Ward.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lansing's Second Ward incumbent Houghton to face challenger in general election

Second Ward Councilwoman Tina Houghton
Credit Lansing City Council

Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election.  Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero.  In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State takes a look at the key races from the voters’ perspective.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lansing's Fourth Ward incumbent Yorko faces three primary opponents

Last week, the Lansing State Journal reported that Councilwoman Jessica Yorko raised $15,740 in campaign funds, not far ahead of challenger Chong-Anna Canfora, who raised $14,840.
Credit Lansing City Council


Fourth ward incumbent Jessica Yorko faces off next Tuesday against three challengers: Chong-Anna Canfora, of the liberal political advocacy group Progress Michigan, attorney Bert Carrier Jr. and Larry Hutchinson, a stay-at-home father.  The top two vote-getters will face off in November’s general election.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Yorko on city budget

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jessica Yorko.
Credit courtesy of lansingmi.gov

The Lansing City Council continued discussions of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2014 budget yesterday.  This time, the council focused on Bernero’s  spending plan for the city’s fire department.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Niowave pole barn dispute continues over tax exemption

Debate continues over the Niowave pole barn's presence in the Walnut Neighborhood.
Credit Mark Bashore/WKAR

In the latest episode of the Niowave pole barn dispute, Monday night the Lansing city council held a public hearing regarding the company’s recent application for a tax break on its property on North Walnut Street.

Lansing city council member Brian Jeffries, chairman of the council’s Planning and Development committee, and Walnut Neighborhood activist Dale Schrader update the situation. Niowave did not respond to our interview request. 

Radio Made in Michigan
6:45 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Current State #13 | January 30, 2013

Lansing City Council President Carol Wood makes an announcement about her political future on today's show.
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Today on Current State: Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, business start-ups with the NEO Center, serving the local homeless population, and a preview of the BBC's Concert Orchestra performance at the Wharton Center.

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NewsRoom
3:09 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

EL Council to Address Vacancy

East Lansing officials will begin moving toward filling a vacancy on the city council tonight.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

EL's Power Resigns from City Council

WKAR file photo

The East Lansing City Council is down one member after Wednesday's unexpected resignation of first-term member Don Power.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman Jody Washington Speaks About Her Roller Coaster Term

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
Mark Bashore WKAR

Six months ago, political newcomer Jody Washington became Lansing’s First Ward representative on the city council.  She ran to address serious challenges like the city’s burgeoning, long-term pension and health care deficit. Washington calls her brief tenure a 'roller coaster' and admits being disappointed.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with her to explore why.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Lansing Council Member Blasts Bernero Over Comment

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

First term Lansing City Council member Jody Washington has upbraided Mayor Virg Bernero, alleging he referred to her as "Eric Hewitt in drag."

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