On Monday, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero portrayed, in his words, a city “powered up” for the year ahead. For his annual State of the City address, Bernero chose a refurbished railroad depot in the shadow of the city’s rising co-generation power plant which will come online this summer.
But while Bernero acknowledged Lansing’s financial challenges, he steered clear of details.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will deliver his eighth State of the City address Monday night.
Bernero will speak at the historic Grand Trunk Western Railroad train depot, a century-old landmark that’s undergoing a major refurbishment by the Lansing Board of Water and Light. The mayor will tout the progress of the co-generation power plant that’s rising to life nearby in Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood, as well as other successes.
A Republican state lawmaker says he’ll soon make another attempt soon to relax restrictions on concealed guns in schools. That’s after Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a measure last year that would have allowed teachers, parents and visitors to carry concealed weapons in schools.
The first bill to pass a chamber of the state Legislature this year is one of several dealing with firearms. The Michigan Senate approved the legislation Thursday.
The bill would change the state’s definition of a “federally-licensed firearms dealer.”
It's a technical fix, according to supporters of the measure. They say state law isn’t in sync with federal regulations. That means some gun dealers can’t sell certain weapons because of a technicality.
A bill that would shield some guns in Michigan from federal regulations is going to the floor of the state Senate. A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday passed the bill along with other gun-related measures.
The federal government would not be able to regulate guns made and sold in Michigan, as long as they don’t cross state lines. It’s a response to recent Obama administration gun control recommendations.
Republican state Senator Phil Pavlov says the federal proposals could threaten both the Second Amendment and states’ rights.
On today's Current State: Local efforts for immigration reform, Michigan prison breakouts, a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the hometown competitors in this weekend's U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
Immigrant families in mid-Michigan are supporting a new national campaign pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.
The campaign includes a reform provision that would allow deported immigrants to be reunited with their families in the U.S. Advocates say that’s a key part of creating a path to citizenship. Maximo Anguiano with Action of Greater Lansing says it’s time to bring the undocumented into American society.
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth (left), Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero bow in prayer at the start of a press conference on ending gun violence. Walling and Bernero are part of the national campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
A coalition of mayors, law enforcement officials and faith leaders is demanding Congress enact three specific gun control measures.
Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and Flint mayor Dayne Walling are part of a national campaign to end gun violence. They want Congress to require criminal background checks for all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and a federal ban on gun trafficking. Mayor Walling says Flint has seen the counter argument to the assertion that guns don’t kill.
Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll outline a new plan to fund road improvements during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The plan could include higher vehicle registration fees to pay for road projects and maintenance.
Current State host Mark Bashore interviews Michigan Governor Rick Snyder this afternoon at the George W. Romney Building in Lansing. Tune in for WKAR's Current State premiere broadcast, Monday at 9am with Governor Snyder...Current State's first guest.
Michigan is entering the fourth year of slow improvements in the economy even though job growth slowed down in 2012. That’s the word from economists who spoke at a conference Friday at the state Capitol.