Lansing

Environment
1:33 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year

Lansing Township Planning and Development Director Steven Hayward stands at the site of the former General Motors metal forge along West Saginaw. GM used the solvent 1,4 dioxane in its manufacturing process before the plant was shut down a decade ago. The contamination will be cleaned up by RACER Trust, the company charged with managing some 90 former General Motors properties across the country.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

This week, Lansing area residents had an opportunity to learn more about what’s happening at the large vacant tracts of land along West Saginaw where General Motors factory buildings once stood. The three sites were torn down in 2005 and in the last 18 months, officials have found chemical contamination on the grounds including 1,4 Dioxane.  

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Environment
11:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill

Powers says that the oil spills have most likely been caused by one entity.
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Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill.

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Education
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum"

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Juneteenth is a celebration marking the anniversary of the ending of slavery in America. In Lansing, the Juneteenth Freedom Festival is in its 21st year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

LISTEN NOW: Grand American Fish Rodeo

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Current State broadcast live on Saturday, June 14, from the inaugural Grand American Fish Rodeo at Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing. Listen to the full two-hour special here.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:08 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River

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Dr. Kirk Heinze is host of the regular feature “Greening of the Great Lakes” on WKAR’s MSU Today. Some of those conversations make their way to Current State. In a recent segment, Heinze spoke with Terry Terry, co-founder and president of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and organizer of the new Grand American Fish Rodeo. The Lansing event takes place this today through Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park.

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History
2:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation

The 1901 Oldsmobile Runabout being transported in Lansing this past week.
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If you’ve found yourself passing through Lansing City Hall these past couple of days, you may have noticed a treasured piece of the city’s past. In the lobby now sits a 1901 Curved Dash Olds Runabout. It will be on display there through October as part of a new exhibit entitled “Made in Lansing.”

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene

The IROG's next event is on June 13 at the Green Union Hall in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of Danny Shay

Before the International Ring of Grapplers (IROG) was founded in Lansing two years ago, the best chance of seeing moves like a piledriver and a Double Chickenwing, and the high-flying wrestlers who perform them, was likely on TV.

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Politics & Government
12:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget

Lansing City Council members approved 2015 budget on Monday.
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The Lansing City Council approved a 2015 fiscal year budget totaling $118 million on Monday night. The budget debate was less intense than in recent years since the city did not face a deficit. The document was essentially the same one proposed by Mayor Virg Bernero back in March.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Art fair gives voice to older foster children looking for homes

Michigan has just over 13,000 children in its foster care system.  Most are living in  licensed homes, but many live with relatives who are either licensed or unlicensed to provide care.  Still others are in child caring institutions.

May is National Foster Care Month and as part of that observance, one mid-Michigan agency is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork made by foster care children in search of adoption.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life'

Once they receive the budget, the Lansing city council will compare their priorities and seek public for opinion before it is voted on.
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After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero enjoyed a first last night:  The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.

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Business
3:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward

Eric Scorsone thinks the development project at Cooley Law School stadium represents a manageable risk for the city of Lansing.
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It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from  the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Orphaned Alaskan moose finds new home at Potter Park Zoo

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A baby moose has moved into Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo. Willow the moose was orphaned in Alaska when her mother died after being hit by a car. When that sort of thing happens, wildlife officials in Alaska arrange to send the orphaned animal to a zoo. Lansing has been hoping to get a baby moose for about a year, and when the call came in, the zoo was ready to act.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Frustrated BWL customers vent, demand answers

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (right) and Peter Lark, general manager of the Board of Water & Light, address Lansing Council members in a special session on Dec. 30 about the extended power outages for BWL customers.
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Last night more than 50 Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) customers who lost power over the last 9 days vented their anger and frustration during a special council session at Lansing City Hall. Residents complained of BWL’s slow response and poor communication. Some who spoke were still without power since an ice storm hit the region on December 22.  There were also calls for resignations, demands of an independent review board, and safety concerns that some said went unaddressed by city and BWL leaders. 

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NewsRoom
1:32 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Lansing Council To Review City, BWL Storm Effort

The Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting Monday evening to review efforts to restore power following the ice storm that struck the region on December 21.
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The Lansing City Council will convene a special session Monday evening to review efforts by the city’s Board of Water and Light and other personnel since Sunday’s crippling ice storm.  

The BWL says that of the 40,000 customers who were originally without power about 2,600 were still waiting for it early Friday morning. 

Council President Carol Wood says residents are upset the utility’s website does not include estimates of when power might be restored. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:02 am
Tue December 17, 2013

City COO expects resolution to county 911 dispute

Chad Gamble
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Last week, Ingham County commissioners voted 13 to 1 to demand that the city of Lansing pay the $1.1-million the county says it is owed for pension and health insurance obligations for the 34  city-employed 911 dispatchers who were transferred last year to the  new Ingham County dispatch center. The county’s deadline is January 15th.  If payment is not received by then, they say they’ll sue the city.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing

Joel Ferguson
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After months of silence, one of the Lansing area’s biggest development projects is back in the news. Officials say they are hoping for groundbreaking by late Spring for the $125-million ‘Red Cedar Renaissance,' formerly the ‘Capital Gateway.'

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure

Brian Jeffries
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The Lansing city council begins its 2014 term in three weeks, and for the first time in more than a decade, it will not include at large councilman Brian  Jeffries. Jeffries served 11 years on the council until he was defeated last month by political newcomer Judi Brown Clarke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:35 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

LAUNCHED celebrates local entrepreneurs

East Lansing's Technology Innovation Center is just one place where new business ideas are nurtured in the Lansing region.
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 There’s been a lot of attention devoted to the start-up scene in the Lansing area over the last few years. New ideas and talent have been welcomed and nurtured at incubators like Lansing’s NEO Center and East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, or TIC. Early next year, The Runway, an incubator for fashion designers, opens in the old Knapps Department store building downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach

Owen Anderson (center) with an Orma family in Kenya's Kipao village.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing Moves the World

Organizers of the Lansing Marathon are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a 5K race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.

Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.

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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
1:32 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Current State #212 | December 3, 2013

Today on Current State: former LSJ executive Mickey Hirten joins City Pulse as editorial director; tar sands shipping in the Great Lakes region; and a new Broad Art Museum exhibit pays homage to a Lansing-born visionary architect.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse

Hirten’s tenure at the Lansing State Journal ended last Summer amid a restructuring triggered by the growing use of digital media and the shrinkage of readership and revenue.
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A long-time Lansing State Journal executive has a new masthead. Mickey Hirten joined the LSJ in 2001 and spent a dozen years as the paper’s executive editor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Fashion incubator aims to draw design talent to Lansing

'The Runway' will open in February at the former Knapp's department store in downtown Lansing as a fashion industry incubator.
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The business start-up scene here in Lansing is about to get another boost. A business incubator for fashion designers called The Runway is expected to open in February in the historic former Knapp’s department store building downtown. The project will house up to 12 designers in residence and a retail store, and will work to retain and cultivate design talent here in mid-Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Niowave docks at Port Lansing

Port Lansing is located near Capital Region International Airport.
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This week, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation authorized a $3-million loan to Lansing-based Niowave, Incorporated.  The particle acceleration company will leverage the funds to build a $200-million medical isotope production facility near the Capital Region International Airport. It’s planning its expansion around Port Lansing, the international logistics hub that’s been sprouting up around the airport over the last few years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Audio postcard: Lansing preps for 'Silver Bells'

Fireworks light the sky over last year's Silver Bells in the City celebration.
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On this weekend before Thanksgiving, Lansing is again preparing to host its largest public outdoor event of the year.  This is the 29th year for “Silver Bells in the City,” which features music, crafts and an electric light parade through the city’s downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Church survey assesses needs of Tri-County area

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In 2012, the Church of Greater Lansing conducted a community leadership survey to learn what local leaders feel are the Lansing area's biggest problems.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Senator Whitmer address medical marijuana, court of claims

Opponents say this measure could be an effort to 'corporatize' marijuana and eventually undo the 2008 referendum.
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For about five years, Michigan’s medical marijuana law has authorized doctor-approved patients either to grow pot or to buy it from state-certified "caregivers." Now, the state legislature is looking at a second approach.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director

Debbie Mikula took over at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing last week.
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The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has a new executive director. Debbie Mikula has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Higher ed scholarships assist Lansing youth

Lansing Sexton High School.
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With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree.

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