The Michigan State University Board of Trustees faces a pivotal decision today. The board will decide whether to approve a strategic clean energy plan that would eventually transition the campus to 100 percent renewable energy. The plan calls for MSU to produce 15 percent of its energy from renewables in just three years.
The plan has been staunchly opposed by student environmental groups at MSU, who claim it’s not strong enough to effect any real change. They’re also critical of the fact that the vision does not include scrapping the university’s coal-fired power plant.
After 24 years, John Schneider will publish his last column in the Lansing State Journal on Sunday.
At 63, Schneider has penned hundreds of columns, notably helping “the little guys” sort out their problems. Many of his columns have dealt with family life, including the tragic drowning death of his daughter and the last years of his mother’s life.
Like hundreds of others, he’s accepting a buyout from Gannett, the State Journal’s parent company. He’ll be replaced by Mark Mayes, who already has written a few columns.
The Capital City Film Festival gets underway today in a variety of venues across the city of Lansing. It’s only the second year for the event, which was organized in part to complement the long-established East Lansing Film Festival.
WKAR’s Anna Schroen spoke with Capital City Film Festival entertainment director Jake Pechtel, who says this time, mid-Michigan’s newest cinematic celebration has attracted twice as many filmmakers as last year.
Teachers turned out by the hundreds Wednesday to pack a hearing room in Lansing. They showed up to oppose a measure that would force them to pay more for their retirement health care and pension benefits.
Legislation is pending in Michigan that would require convicted animal abusers to sign up for an online registry, similar to Michigan’s sex offender list. Proponents say it would help animal control officers investigate and prosecute abuse cases, and also prevent potential violence against humans.
Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers. Increasingly, information technology jobs go unfilled for weeks and months. Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap.
A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. It will go before an election commission Monday, looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.
Our report this week looks at safety in the workplace. In 2011, the state of Michigan created the Workplace Safety Advisory Rules Committee. For months, its members combed through volumes of health and safety rules applying to a wide range of industries. The committee recommended eliminating hundreds of regulations it deemed obsolete or burdensome. State lawmakers are now considering that report. In the meantime, some labor groups say the recommendations go too far.
The streets of East Lansing near Michigan State University became a military command post Thursday morning. Soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard rolled into town a couple of blocks from Grand River Avenue to test their response to a simulated environmental hazard. The exercise was part of the Guard’s required training, and evaluators were on hand to judge how well they handled a potentially life-threatening situation.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spent some time with the troops.
Beginning in 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a 40-year medical study of African-American men in Tuskegee, Alabama. The government studied men who’d contracted syphilis years earlier. The researchers falsely told them they were receiving treatment for their disease, when in fact they were actually given placebos. A similar study was conducted in the 1940’s in Guatemala.
Dr. Susan Reverby uncovered the facts of the Guatemala case. Reverby is the chair of Women and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She’ll speak Thursday at Michigan State University about her work. She told WKAR’s Anna Schroen how the American government justified lying to the volunteers.
A prominent Lansing clergyman is calling on an Ingham County judge to be lenient in his sentencing of a juvenile convicted of murder. The pastor and the teen’s mother say Charles T. Lewis, Jr. should not receive life without parole.
East Lansing officials will decide Tuesday night whether the latest City Center II plans are worth further study. The East Lansing City Council is expected to vote on a ‘pre-development’ agreement with Strathmore Development involving the proposed $105 million mixed-use project.
The agreement calls for an outside accounting study of the plan to be paid for by developer Scott Chappelle. It would also give the City Council until July to decide whether to finally go forward with the often-delayed project.