Ingham County

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East Lansing’s Mark Grebner has served on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for decades. After a brief hiatus, Grebner’s been elected to re-join the board. We ask the Democrat what he wants to accomplish on the board and what he expects from a Trump administration in Washington.


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Some say Ingham county’s 45-year old animal shelter has had it. They’re supporting a millage to pay for a new one. Others say the county has more pressing needs. We talk with Democratic county commissioner Penelope Tsernoglou about why she’s a backer.

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Monica Stephens is a Republican candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor. The assistant Michigan Attorney General says she’d focus on crimes involving violence, sex and drugs. We talk with the former assistant Jackson county prosecutor.


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Thomas English has spent years in law enforcement. The Democratic candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor says Ingham residents “have every right to distrust the office.” He's the latest in our series of interviews running for the job.


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We continue our series of interviews with each of the candidates running for Ingham County Prosecutor with Democractic candidate Carol Siemon.


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Ingham County Register of Deeds Derrick Quinney talks about a new law that will benefit homeowners, and about how his office can be a resource for residents.


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Brian Jackson is one of six candidates running for Ingham County Prosecutor in August. He’s the second candidate to appear on Current State to discuss why he’s running.


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We talk with one of the candidates for Sheriff in Ingham County this year. Eric Trojanowicz is a captain in the department. He’s running as a Republican to replace the retiring Sheriff, Gene Wrigglesworth, and his opponent is the Sheriff’s son, Scott Wrigglesworth.


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Assistant Lansing city attorney Billie Jo O’Berry is one of four candidates running to replace Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III when he resigns this July. We talk with her about her career as assistant city attorney for the city of Lansing and why she is running for the Ingham County Prosecutor.


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Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III faces 15 criminal counts, most of them involving soliciting prostitutes and pandering, a felony. We talk with Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood about the charges and how the City Pulse became aware of police concerns about Dunnings going back to last summer.


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An Ingham County task force spent last year working on how best to use money from a voter-approved parks and trails millage proposal. Their recommendations are now going before the county board of commissioners. Current State talks with the chair of the board, Kara Hope, and commissioner Teri Banas.


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Ingham county recently fired two IT officials for accepting tickets to sports events and other perks from county vendors. Now, county officials are reviewing how  county contracts are rewarded. We talk with Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian McGrain.


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Health care providers say there’s been a big spike in the number of minors using electronic cigarettes in recent years.  The Ingham County Health Department wants to require e-cigarette vendors to obtain a tobacco license and refuse sales to those under 18.  Current State talks with Ingham Health Officer Linda Vail about the proposal, which could go before the county commission next week.     

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Ingham County officials may be nearing a resolution over how to provide medical services to the county’s neediest residents. That’s been an issue since participation plunged and surpluses soared at the Ingham Health Plan. Current State speaks with Ingham County Commissioner Todd Tennis about the road ahead.


Ingham County Courthouse
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In June, 13 people graduated from Ingham County's sobriety court. 

Alongside the tens of thousands of mid-Michigan school graduates last month, a handful attended a different kind of ceremony.  They were the 13 graduates of Ingham County's sobriety court.  

Sobriety court is a rigorous program that mainly benefits people convicted of an offense which involves alcohol, like DWI.  An interdisciplinary team oversees a regimen including mandatory drug testing, treatment and, typically, participation in Alcoholics Anonymous.

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