East Lansing

Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

EL city attorney position stirs emotion

Jeff Hank
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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 East Lansing City Council already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting?

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It was inevitable that Current State caught the buzz about Beepalooza. 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?

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Community rallies to rebuild EL park

Volunteers work on the new playground equipment at Patriarche Park.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

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 Patriarche Park. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and Current State’s Kevin Lavery has been following their progress. 

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Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Director previews 51st EL Art Festival

The 51st annual East Lansing Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday.
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The East Lansing Art Festival 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.

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Music
3:56 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir

The East Lansing Gospel Choir started two years ago.
Credit Joe Linstroth

Current State's featured musicians this Friday are the East Lansing High School Gospel Choir. Twelve of the group's 25 members joined us in-studio today.

We spoke with director Elie Kirkland about the group's upcoming spring concert, May 31st at the Tabernacle of David in Lansing. 

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Economy
1:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

EL budget aims more spending at roads

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says the city is shifting its focus to infrastructure, including streets and sidewalks.
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East Lansing officials are working on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The $32.7 million spending plan features a small millage rate cut for 2015. There will be meetings and public forums on the budget over the next few weeks.

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Sports
3:57 am
Sun March 16, 2014

MSU and Michigan Meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship | Current Sports | WKAR

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.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Current State #214 | December 5, 2013

 Today on Current State: new book examines the turbulent times 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 MSU class puts out a cultural guide for international students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL

Lingg Brewer graduated from MSU in 1968 and witnessed much of the drama that unfolded in East Lansing during that time.
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 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.  Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the Impression 5 Museum.

 

In his new book, “Dreams Gone Wrong,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s — the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and protest — played out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University.  

Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL

Kathleen Boyle will be joined by Susan Woods and Ruth Beier on the East Lansing City Council.
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The East Lansing city council 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Election 2013: New faces emerge in East Lansing's council race

There are two full terms and the balance of a partial term on the East Lansing city council up for grabs Nov. 5.
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We continue our Election 2013 coverage today with a look at the race for city council in East Lansing.  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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Mon October 14, 2013

East Lansing asks residents for input on long-term plans

The city of East Lansing's 'Bigger Picture Planning Team' is holding a public session from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Hannah Community Center.
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City officials in East Lansing are asking citizens to look at “The Bigger Picture.”  That’s the name of East Lansing’s long-range comprehensive plan. The city will study its land usage to come up with the best strategies for residential and retail development.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds'

The name of the book -- 'The Yellow Birds' -- is derived from a traditional U.S. Army marching cadence or call-and-response marching song sung by military personnel when preparing for combat.
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The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses

The East Lansing Food Co-op began in the 1970's with about 30 members, and now boasts more than 3,500.
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Texas-based Whole Foods recently announced plans to open a new store on Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township in 2015.  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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lansing, East Lansing and four others to consolidate fire services

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing share the services of Fire Chief Randy Talifarro.
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Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception.  Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Thu May 23, 2013

East Lansing development process moving forward

The scope of downtown East Lansing is changing as the city council considers two proposals from DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.
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Yesterday, a public panel in East Lansing might have moved the city a little closer to updating a key downtown space.  The city’s Park District review team made recommendations regarding specific development companies and their plans for that space.  

Many in the area are eager to start developing the largely derelict area west of Abbot Road and north of Grand River. The panel recommended that the city council focus on plans from both DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Lansing regional human rights ordinances push for LGBT inclusion

Emily Dievendorf said 23 local governments have passed non-discrimination policies for LGBT residents in the state of Michigan.
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Last week, officials from East Lansing and Meridian, Delhi and Delta Townships launched the One Capitol Region Coalition.  The group seeks to expand local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in the greater Lansing area.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Downtown East Lansing.
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MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock talks with Current State’s host Mark Bashore every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, former East Lansing mayor Doug Jester also joins the conversation to discuss a new downtown East Lansing development. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment

The East Lansing Foundation has already raised $700 thousand toward their cause.
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East Lansing high school presents "And The World Goes Round" tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The "Gala of Gratitude" is part of the East Lansing Foundation's effort to raise $1 million for students  to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.

Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.

One of those people is Dana Brazil.  Brazil is the Associate Director of the MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity at the Wharton Center.  She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.


WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.

Radio Made in Michigan
7:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Current State #39 | March 7, 2013

Today on Current State: 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Road construction will snarl East Lansing traffic through summer

Construction along Michigan and Grand River Avenues is expected to congest traffic until October.
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A major road construction project is getting underway in East Lansing.  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.

There will be road resurfacing, sidewalk and ramp improvements, non-motorized pathways, and traffic signal upgrades. Todd Sneathen, the city of East Lansing’s Director of Public Works, discusses the upcoming road work. 

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Entertainment
1:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oscar preview with founder of East Lansing film festival

Sunday is the biggest night of the year for movie lovers. Hollywood honors the best movies of 2012, with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and more. Who deserves to win, and is that likely to be different from who will?

Susan Woods, the founder of the East Lansing Film Festival, offers her thoughts on the contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

George Lahanas (right), East Lansing's city manager, and Tim Dempsey, the director of Planning, Building and Development, share their outlook for the city in 2013.
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On today's Current State: 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.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Incoming EL Board Members May Pursue Red Cedar Reversal

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East Lansing residents are still discussing last week's emotional move to reconfigure the district’s schools.  

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

After Reconfiguration Vote, EL Super Confident Of Tech Bond Approval

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East Lansing's top school official says he thinks voters will approve new funding for technological improvements throughout the district.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Survey: East Lansing Residents Favor Combining Service Cuts With Taxes

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas
WKAR file photo

Officials in East Lansing have released the results of a community survey, with the intention of using the information to shape future priorities.

The public opinion research firm Marketing Resource Group contacted 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.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Citing "Perfect Storm," Panel Will Explore Lansing Revenue Overhaul

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero calls it his "most serious and important endeavor."   He’s referring to last week's appointment of 15 prominent business and civic leaders to tackle the city's chronic budget deficits.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders is diving into an  initiative with far-ranging implications. Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced the formation of a ‘Financial Health Team’ to study how the city might--over time--move beyond chronic budget deficits.   Bernero called it his “most serious and important endeavor.” The team--headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister--will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

EL Council Could Fill Vacancy Tuesday

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The East Lansing city council is expected to fill a vacancy on the council tonight.

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NewsRoom
6:56 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

EL Officials Get Input on Downtown

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas welcomes participants to Friday's gathering to discuss downtown development.
Mark Bashore WKAR

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.

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