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Dale Copedge was elected president of the Lansing branch of the NAACP this weekend.

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Following the recent resignations of all of their officers, the Lansing branch of the NAACP will hold a special election on Saturday.

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Lansing’s population has grown for a fourth straight year. According to a release from Mayor Virg Bernero’s office, Lansing’s population went up by 1,111 in the year leading up to last July, to 116,020.

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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is troubled by many aspects of the budget President Donald Trump has sent to Congress, notably the elimination of Great Lakes protection funding. “Overall," she says, "this budget makes no sense from a Michigan standpoint.”

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A new proposed ordinance on regulating and licensing medical marijuana businesses goes before the Lansing city council tonight.


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There are two dozen people running for four seats on the Lansing City Council this year. There will be a primary election in August to narrow the field before the November general election. WKAR is bringing you conversations with the candidates. Alexander Rusek is an attorney with an Okemos-based law firm who’s running for one of two at-large seats to be decided this year.


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Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue says he doesn’t think signs were missed in the suicide death of State Representative John Kivela. While being arrested, Kivela reportedly tried to walk in front of traffic on southbound US-127 and told the arresting officer “my life is over.”


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A national vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee is coming to East Lansing today to speak with fellow Democrats.


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A former Ingham County Commissioner has announced plans to run for the state House in the 69th district, where she would replace term-limited Representative Sam Singh.

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is replacing half the members of an advisory board, including a Michigan State University faculty member.

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We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large candidate Kyle Bowman. He’s a first lieutenant with the Michigan State Police who has served in a series of roles including the protection details for Governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm. Currently, he commands state security operations at the capitol building and the state office complex.


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We continue our interviews with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large hopeful Yanice Y. Jackson. After her career took her out of state for a time, Jackson moved back to Lansing last year to help run the family business: she’s managing editor of The Chronicle newspaper.


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The Michigan Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek is the site of an emergency management training exercise this weekend.


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The last candidate to file to run for mayor in Lansing before Tuesday’s deadline was Marc Patrick Townsend, who works as a maintenance man at a downtown building.

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The deadline to file as a candidate for office in Lansing arrived this afternoon. It’s a crowded field, with Mayor Virg Bernero’s decision not to run for another term. There also will be at least one new at-large city council member, and the fourth ward will get new representation.

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