Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.
Timebanks have been cropping up in cities across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.
Lansing’s Box 23 has supported the city's fire department for 75 years. The all-volunteer group provides refreshments and support to firefighters as they battle the worst fires. The name comes from the firebox used to call in the massive fire at Lansing’s Kerns Hotel in December 1934.
Longtime Box 23 member Dave Rule and Lansing firefighter Steve Babcock share Box 23’s long history and explain what it’s all about.
About a year ago, Lansing voters approved a proposal to sell the 120-acre Waverly Golf Course, along with the adjacent Michigan Avenue Park. Last night, the Lansing City Council considered the next step -- a formal decision to sell the land. Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries, who heads the council’s planning and development committee, and Lansing Township Supervisor Kathy Rodgers discuss what this means, along with the larger future involving all that park and green space on Lansing’s Westside.
A unique community has evolved around the #lovelansing Twitter hashtag. It started as a way for Lansing-lovers to tweet the places they go and things they do. It’s now full of retail and restaurant specials, sure, but also links to Lansing State Journal articles, cultural events, and it’s even been used to rally volunteers during a holiday shortage of meal deliverers.
Early users Robin Miner-Swartz and Belinda Thurston discuss the evolution of the #lovelansing hashtag.
Today on Current State: Coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's "State of the City" address, a tour of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, MIRS' Craig Mauger discusses his lengthy interview with House Speaker Jase Bolger, and the economic impact of Michigan's public universities.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero calls it his "most serious and important endeavor." He’s referring to last week's appointment of 15 prominent business and civic leaders to tackle the city's chronic budget deficits.
In Lansing, a panel of prominent business and civic leaders is diving into an initiative with far-ranging implications. Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced the formation of a ‘Financial Health Team’ to study how the city might--over time--move beyond chronic budget deficits. Bernero called it his “most serious and important endeavor.” The team--headed by former Mayor Dave Hollister--will explore whether the time has come for a new model of municipal finance.
About 207,000 Roman Catholics live in the 10 counties that make up the Diocese of Lansing. It contains 84 parishes and 34 schools, and it provides charitable assistance to more than 125,000 people each year.
Today, Bishop Earl Boyea will observe the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese with a special Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Lansing.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Bishop Boyea about the some of the difficulties the Catholic Church is facing in America today. But first, he asked him what he felt was a significant achievement of the Lansing diocese.
The city of Lansing and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are extending their self-imposed deadline for finalizing a land transfer in preparation for a new downtown casino.
Project leaders had initially set an August 1 completion date to transfer ownership of the land adjacent to the Lansing Center from the city to the tribe. Now, they’re pushing their deadline back 90 days to November 1. Officials insist the Kewadin Lansing casino project is following what they call an “aggressive” timeline, but say they simply need more time to finalize some details.
Six months ago, political newcomer Jody Washington became Lansing’s First Ward representative on the city council. She ran to address serious challenges like the city’s burgeoning, long-term pension and health care deficit. Washington calls her brief tenure a 'roller coaster' and admits being disappointed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with her to explore why.
Davenport University is announcing plans to create a new campus in downtown Lansing. The private non-profit school will renovate a nine-story building on Grand Avenue.
Davenport University will remodel the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building in Lansing to accommodate up to two thousand students. The new space will house a number of medical and IT programs and will include hi-tech classrooms and labs.
President Richard Pappas says the location is ideal for its plans to be part of a downtown educational corridor.
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.