Lansing

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Tomorrow evening at Lansing Community College, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero makes his tenth State of the City address. In the speech, which has the theme "Lansing 3.0", the Mayor will review developments of the past year and share his agenda for 2015.

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Now that we’re into the new year, you might be thinking ”I’m ready to give myself a makeover.” It’s not just people who have that impulse. Entire communities plan what they’ll look like in the future, and that often means getting rid of outdated eyesores. That’s a polite description of what cities large and small deal constantly deal with: urban blight. The city of Lansing has recently received a federal grant to eliminate blighted properties.

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The Turner-Dodge House in north Lansing is one of the city’s most historic structures. It’s almost 160 years old, and over the years, it has hosted hundreds of events ranging from tours and music events to wedding receptions. Last January, a burst pipe caused extensive water damage at the Turner-Dodge House, and things are only now getting back to normal.

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Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are looking over an interesting and potentially important new study . A national real estate firm, Jones Lang Lasalle , has just submitted an analysis of key buildings in the district. It will be used to determine how to right-size and modernize school facilities in Lansing.

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Federal officials define housing as affordable when it costs 30 percent or less of a household’s income. By that measure, more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties do not live in affordable housing, according to recent MSU research.

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A’Lynne Boles is currently serving as president of the Lansing City Council. It’s her third tenure as president, and she's in her seventh year on the council. Boles represents the city’s third ward, which covers the southwest part of Lansing. Lately, the city council has been more frequently involved in changes at the city-owned Board of Water and Light. On Friday, A'Lynne Boles joined us to talk about those changes and other city issues. Voters will decide whether to expand the board by...

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On last April’s Earth Day, the Lansing company Go Green Trikes launched its all-electric vehicle local delivery service. Go Green Trikes is the brainchild of Yvonne LeFave. She joined us on Current State’s Neighbors in Action segment this past spring to talk about her Earth-friendly service.

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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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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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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.

LISTEN NOW: Grand American Fish Rodeo

Jun 14, 2014
2014 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.

Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River

Jun 12, 2014
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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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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 .”

Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene

May 27, 2014
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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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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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