Lansing

Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Jaycees

The Lansing Jaycees' annual 'Stuff the Bus' event partners with CATA and asks people to donate items to families during the holidays. Last year they helped 44 children.
Credit Courtesy of Angela Clock

From the annual Capitol Easter Egg Hunt to collecting toys and school supplies for needy families, the Lansing Jaycees hold more than 20 community service events a year.

For our Neighbors in Action segment, Lansing Jaycees Angela Clock and Charlie Root discuss the community service work of one of Michigan’s oldest chapters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

No cold case list at LPD, reports Lansing City Pulse

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The latest edition of the Lansing City Pulse is out today and one of the main stories is quite an interesting one.

In the process of reporting what they thought would be a rather straightforward piece that intended to highlight some of the Lansing Police Department’s cold homicide cases, City Pulse reporters Rich Tupica and Steve Miller discovered that the LPD, unlike many other police departments across the country, does not have such a cold case list readily available. This surprised them, so they changed their story to find out why.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Current State #42 | March 12, 2013

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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.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

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.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Box 23

In 1934, 34 people were killed as the Hotel Kerns in Lansing burned to the ground.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Capital Area District Library

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.

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Business
1:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lansing officials move closer to selling Waverly Golf Course

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.

Lifestyle & Recreation
3:02 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

#lovelansing: Community-building in the 21st century

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Current State #12 | January 29, 2013

For every dollar the state invested in Michigan's three major public universities -- Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State (above) -- the economy received $17 in return, a recent URC study shows.
Credit Courtesy of Michigan State University

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.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Mayor Bernero Blasts PPT Measure

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Local governments in Michigan are bracing for more revenue cutting. Last Friday, the state legislature approved a measure that would repeal Michigan’s so-called ‘Personal Property Tax.’ 

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Some On Lansing Council Displeased with Mayor's Unannounced Absence

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Some Lansing city council members are upset over learning about Mayor Virg Bernero's trip to Italy after the fact.  

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NewsRoom
2:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Careers In Sight, 'Millennial' Students Explore Lansing

Michigan College Students Tour Lansing's Accident Fund Co on Tuesday
Courtesy Michigan Colleges Foundation

Some Michigan college students with doubts about staying in the state are reconsidering Lansing.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Citing "Perfect Storm," Panel Will Explore Lansing Revenue Overhaul

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

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.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Amid Some Skepticism, Lansing Panel Launches Financial Review

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team' last week in city hall.
Mark Bashore WKAR

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. 

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NewsRoom
7:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bernero Forms 'Financial Health Team' for Review, Recommendations

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduces ex-Mayor David Hollister as chair of the administration's new 'Financial Health Team'
Mark Bashore WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants more 'blue ribbon' input on the city's shaky financial future.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman: Residents Are 'Millaged to Death'

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

A Lansing city councilwoman thinks Ingham County officials were right to table an idea for a regional parks millage on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Lansing Diocese Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing was established by Pope Pius XI on May 22, 1937.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

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.

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NewsRoom
4:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

City, Tribe Extend Deadline to Complete Casino Land Transfer

An artist's rendering of the Kewadin Lansing casino. Planners are extending their self-imposed deadline for transferring land from the city of Lansing to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which will operate the casino.
Courtesy City of Lansing

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. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Lansing Councilwoman Jody Washington Speaks About Her Roller Coaster Term

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
Mark Bashore WKAR

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.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Lansing Council Member Blasts Bernero Over Comment

Lansing City Council member Jody Washington
WKAR file photo

First term Lansing City Council member Jody Washington has upbraided Mayor Virg Bernero, alleging he referred to her as "Eric Hewitt in drag."

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Safety Concerns Lead to Fireworks Ban at Lansing July 4th Event

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City of Lansing officials say it will ban fireworks from Adado Riverfront Park Wednesday night at the city's Independence Day celebration.  

A statement from the office of Mayor Virg Bernero says the ban is due to dry conditions and to ensure safety.

NewsRoom
2:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Davenport University To Create New Downtown Lansing Campus

This artist's rendering shows the planned site of Davenport University's new downtown Lansing campus. The university will renovate the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2013.
Courtesy Davenport University

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.

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NewsRoom
3:11 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lansing Council Leaders, Mayor Hope to Sway BWL Board

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

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NewsRoom
7:09 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Bernero Drops Plan to Consolidate Police Ops

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

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NewsRoom
6:52 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Bernero Calls Updated Retirement Costs "Alarming"

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

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NewsRoom
3:28 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Lansing Adds Officers, Could Add More

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has announced the city will be hiring more police officers.

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Neighborhood Assn Member Praises Gillespie Approach

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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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Temps Cold, Spirit Warm for Inaugural Lansing Marathon

Mark Bashore WKAR

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

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NewsRoom
5:38 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Bernero Explains Proposed 2013 City Budget

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.

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NewsRoom
2:16 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Lansing to host inaugural marathon April 22

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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