Lansing

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Two versions of a proposed Lansing city budget go before Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioners today.

Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops

May 16, 2012
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he is temporarily dropping a plan to consolidate city police operations in a single location.

Bernero Calls Updated Retirement Costs "Alarming"

May 14, 2012
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says new studies show the city is falling farther behind in the funding of employee retirements.

Lansing Adds Officers, Could Add More

Apr 25, 2012
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has announced the city will be hiring more police officers.

Neighborhood Assn Member Praises Gillespie Approach

Apr 24, 2012
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A past President of Lansing's Downtown Neighborhood Association so far is supportive of a proposed $6.8 million  development there.

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About 1800 runners braved blustery conditions Sunday for what  organizers call the first ever Lansing Marathon.

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is presenting his proposed 2013 budget to the city council.  Last November, voters approved a public safety millage that enabled the city to reduce its projected deficit to between $5 million and $7 million -- roughly half of what it was last year.  But to close the remaining gap, the mayor’s plan asks many city employees to either take up to 26 days off without pay or pay more for their health insurance and pensions.  Mayor Bernero tells WKAR’s Kevin Lavery that the furlough days are on a sliding scale.

Organizers in Lansing are counting down to April, when the city will hold its inaugural marathon.  

The Lansing Marathon will take place April 22 and cover a standard 26.2 mile course.  The race will start outside the Accident Fund Insurance building in downtown Lansing, cross into East Lansing near Michigan State University, turn south to Holt, back into Lansing via Potter Park and end at the Capitol.  Race director Owen Anderson says he's studied marathons in similarly sized communities, and finds they bring strong economic benefits.

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