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.
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.
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.
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.