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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Amtrak train station just off the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing is getting a major renovation. The Capital Area Transportation Authority has received a $6.3 million federal grant to rebuild the station and add a separate bus terminal.
Regional transportation planners will use a federal grant to rebuild and enhance the Amtrak train station in East Lansing.
The $6.3 million grant will help the Capital Area Transportation Authority expand the Amtrak station near Michigan State University. CATA will create a 200-acre multi-modal facility, with a separate bus terminal, upgraded waiting platform and accommodations for taxis and bicycles.
U.S. Department of Transportation general counsel Robert Rivkin says the project is part of a $12 billion federal program to improve intercity rail service.
For years, East Lansing has struggled over what to do about the derelict buildings at Grand River and Abbot Road. Some say an ambitious, multi-use development--City Center II--could be transformational. That proposal enters a crucial phase today. The city council begins what could be the final discussions involving Strathmore Development’s $105-million downtown development plan. WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on what could be “high noon” for the seven year old public-private venture.