politics and government

Amanda Bernés photo
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Social worker Amanda Bernés is running for the 4th ward seat on the Lansing city council up for grabs this year. Incumbent Jessica Yorko decided not to run for re-election.


Evelyn Pech-Vasquez photo
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A member of Lansing’s Southside Community Center Board is running for Lansing city council at-large. Evelyn Pech-Vasquez says she’s been active in the community for 13 years and has worked as a guest teacher in Lansing schools.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Army veteran Thomas J. Harris Junior is running for one of two at-large seats up for grabs in Lansing this year. He’s a Sexton High School graduate who moved back to Lansing late last year after serving his country around the world.


East Lansing city hall sign photo
WKAR file photo

There will be discussion of implementing an income tax in the city of East Lansing at a 6 p.m. meeting tonight.


East Lansing parking lot No. 1 photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing city council will consider a large, new development project on Tuesday. It’s known as the Center City District proposal.


Kathi Ann Raffone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

With Jessica Yorko’s decision against running for re-election in Lansing’s fourth ward, seven candidates are pursuing the open seat. WKAR’s conversations with council candidates continue with Kathi Ann Raffone, who’s making her first bid for public office.


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U.S. House Republican Tim Walberg’s office reports that he doesn’t play on the congressional baseball team and wasn’t at the practice when the shootings occurred this morning. His predecessor did play in the game for two years.


Tom Lambert photo
WKAR-MSU

CORRECTION: The proposed legislation would repeal currently required safety training.

A leading gun rights advocate says he opposes proposed legislation that would require safety training for people who want a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Michigan.


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

Griffin Rivers photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

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.

Senator Debbie Stabenow
WKAR File Photo

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.”

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


Alexander Rusek photo
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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.


Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Sheriff's Association

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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