Two planned projects In Lansing’s Genesee neighborhood have triggered a forward-looking discussion among residents and business people there.   Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the non-profit Zero Day announced plans for new offices and facilities on Butler Street, which runs less than a half mile near the Capitol.

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The stretch of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue from the Capitol building all the way east to Webberville is this region’s busiest corridor. A new plan, led by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, is in the works to transform this corridor with more attractive design, improved rapid transit, and sustainable business and infrastructure improvements.  

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A few years ago, writer, photographer and chef Maureen Abood quit her job, left Chicago -- where she lived for 14 years -- and moved to San Francisco to follow her passion and attend culinary school.  

Lansing's Earl Nelson Singers Celebrate 50 Years

Apr 25, 2013

A notable Lansing-area choir is observing its 50th anniversary this year. The Earl Nelson Singers are celebrating half a century of spirituals with a concert in downtown Lansing on Monday. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with the director of the group and her husband, who’s a member, for some of their musical memories.

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For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Greater Lansing African American Health Institute, or GLAAHI. Based out of Lansing’s Letts Community Center, the GLAAHI offers a variety of programs, including smoking cessation groups, food donations and assistance with health care needs. Current State's host Mark Bashore talks with Eldon Liggons, the executive director of the institute, and Dr. Don Williams, the board chairman and an MSU emeritus professor of psychiatry.

Current State #72 | April 23, 2013

Apr 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Councilwoman Jessica Yorko on city budget; the drawbacks of dredging; dispute over Ingham county recordkeeping; and Angela Wittrock with Lansing business news.

Councilwoman Yorko on city budget

Apr 23, 2013
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The Lansing City Council continued discussions of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2014 budget yesterday.  This time, the council focused on Bernero’s  spending plan for the city’s fire department.   

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Apr 23, 2013

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every week for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. 

Current State #70 | April 19, 2013

Apr 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing police chief retires; folk legend Tom Paxton; Michigan tourism; world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom; and the Lansing Marathon.

Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski retires

Apr 19, 2013
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 Teresa Szymanski joined the Lansing Police Department in 1987. She earned her stripes over the years and rose to become the city’s police chief in 2010.  Her tenure has been marked with successes and setbacks.

Chief Szymanski is retiring from the Lansing Police Department this week.  She chats with Current State about her time at the helm of Lansing law enforcement.

Second annual Lansing marathon this weekend

Apr 19, 2013
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 Runners from around Michigan, the Midwest, Europe and South America will gather on Sunday for the second annual Lansing Marathon. At last years inaugural event, about 1,700 runners participated in either the marathon itself, the half-marathon or any of three other events. Race director Owen Anderson joins Current State to discuss the race's economic impact, security and other aspects of the event.


Neighbors in Action: Hospice of Lansing

Apr 17, 2013
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Making preparations for a loved one’s death can be a very stressful and difficult time for families. But with help, a person’s final weeks and months can also hold some of the most beautiful and poignant moments in their lives.

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we feature the Hospice of Lansing, which helps families cope with the difficulties of end of life care. John Person, the executive director of Hospice of Lansing, breaks down the benefits and barriers to hospice care.  


Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget

Apr 16, 2013

Yesterday the Lansing City Council continued discussions about one of the most challenging parts of next fiscal year’s budget--spending for city police services.  Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year includes a $700,000 cut to the police budget. 

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This week the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on gun control legislation. The move is historic. It’s been 20 years since any major changes have been made to our nation's gun laws.

Ever since the Sandy Hook shootings in December, gun control has moved to the forefront of conversation in the United States. This weekend in Lansing there will be a rally held at the capitol organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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The third annual Capital City Film Festival will showcase 70 films, which range from fantasy drama's to documentaries about pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. The festival, which runs through Sunday, also includes live music.