Lansing

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The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.


Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.


Melissa Quon Huber and Elaine Womboldt photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Southwest Lansing was recently awarded a grant to put toward projects that would better the neighborhoods in the area. We speak with the people behind Rejuvenating South Lansing.


Courtesy Steve Purchase

Usually by the time things make it to the scrap yard, people don’t want them anymore.  But that’s not the case for the 16 teams of artists participating in Old Town’s Scrapfest this weekend in Lansing.

For the eighth year in a row, artists, welders and craftspeople from around Michigan have taken scrap materials and turned them into art- and they will unveil their recycled and upcycled creations this weekend in Old Town Lansing.

The event will also feature live music, family activities, a beer tent, an auction and more.

Brooke Allen in Old Town Lansing
Katie Cook / WKAR

Our new Morning Edition host, Brooke Allen, spends some time getting to know Lansing.


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Lansing City Pulse Associate Publisher Mickey Hirten has placemaking on his mind. 

Chris Sell and Eric Dimoff photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing has been experiencing population growth in recent years, but what are the reasons, and how can we do better and attract more talent? We explore these questions with Eric Dimoff, Director of Marketing and Communications at Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Sell, founder of Lansing 5:01.


Current Sports | 4/25/16 | #688

Apr 25, 2016
Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

Detroit Pistons, MSU Spring Game Takeaways, Tyler O'Connor, Deflategate, Tom Brady Suspension, Rob Blackburn, Battlefield Brawl, and Weekend Winners.


Lansing City Hall
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Lansing City Council recently declined to offer a tax break to a developer wanting to create low income housing in Old Town. We ask a city council member why she voted against the tax break and about the possibility of legal action. 

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There’s a lot of redevelopment happening in mid-Michigan.  Often, before anything new comes up, the old must be cleaned up.  Officials are using a $500,000 EPA grant to clean up and redevelop former brownfields.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Keith Lambert with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

How has the money been spent since the $500,000 grant was awarded one year ago?

Eastern’s Edwards using basketball to teach life lessons

Mar 21, 2016
Seth Kinker

LANSING, Mich. – Julius Edwards has always loved the game of basketball. And he’s also always wanted to help put youth in the right direction. Little did he know that life would lead him down an unexpected path that combined both of these interests.

“When I first got into coaching I didn't get into coaching for the basketball part of it,” said Edwards. “Well, part basketball, but the main part of it was to help out young men and send them in the right direction. My main focus was on inner city youth.”

David Hollister, Mark Bashore, Eric Scorsone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.


group of people in volunteers of america office
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Volunteers of America-Michigan specializes in providing services for the homeless in the Lansing area.  Tonight, VOA staff will take to the streets to count the city’s homeless numbers and offer their help. Current State talks with VOA executive vice-president Patrick Patterson about the agency’s annual “Point In Time Count.”

Virg Bernero photo
courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.


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