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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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Arts & Culture
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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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

ELPD: Religion Not Motive in Jewish Student Attack

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Police say a Michigan State University student's Jewish religion doesn't appear to have been a factor in his assault at an off-campus party.

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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

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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
Tue July 24, 2012

East Lansing Train Depot On Track For Upgrade

The East Lansing Amtrak station near the MSU campus has seen a 130 percent increase in ridership since 2001.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

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.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

East Lansing's Amtrak Station To Get an Upgrade

A federal grant will enable regional officials to renovate the 37-year-old Amtrak station in East Lansing.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

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.

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NewsRoom
8:36 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

City Center II Discussions End

Courtesy Strathmore Development

East Lansing city officials and Strathmore Development have ended years of ongoing discussions over City Center II.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

In East Lansing, Critical City Center II Review Begins Today

Courtesy Strathmore Development

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.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

EL Official Updates Damage to 'Lofts' Site

East Lansing's St. Anne Lofts before Monday's floor collapse.
WKAR file photo

East Lansing officials say a damaged downtown development will need more repairs than originally thought.

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NewsRoom
2:31 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

EL Official: Library Millages Could Begin Pause in Tax Hikes

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The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

EL Council to Revisit City Center II Plan Tuesday Night

East Lansing officials will decide Tuesday night whether the latest City Center II plans are worth further study. The East Lansing City Council is expected to vote on a ‘pre-development’ agreement with Strathmore Development involving the proposed $105 million mixed-use project.

The agreement calls for an outside accounting study of the plan to be paid for by developer Scott Chappelle. It would also give the City Council until July to decide whether to finally go forward with the often-delayed project.

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NewsRoom
8:25 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Book Club Seeks Advice for Living

The Better Living Book Club meets at the East Lansing Library to talk about self-help and other inspirational literature.
clarita Morguefile

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Members of the Better Living Book Club in East Lansing want to deal with their personal problems and live a happier life.

People join book clubs for all kinds of reasons: to socialize, to read books they wouldn't normally read or to hear opinions that are different from their own. In one book club in East Lansing, members are reading about how to deal with their personal problems and live a happier life.

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NewsRoom
3:59 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

EL superintendent defends Red Cedar decision

The East Lansing school district is preparing for a federal review of allegations of racial bias. The review was triggered by a complaint that its decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School will disproportionately harm students of color at the school.  District officials defend their decision by pointing to various demographic patterns-mainly one that shows a declining student population in the neighborhood. 

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