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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Bernero in Italy

Mayor is on an “economic mission”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 16 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero left the country Thursday night for a roughly weeklong “economic mission” in northern Italy to meet with “top manufacturers in that country,” Chief of Staff Randy Hannan said today.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Checking in with the Financial Health Team; the ongoing Niowave saga; and Council disappointment in the mayor’s “economic mission” to Italy

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 19 — It’s been seven weeks since former Mayor David Hollister dropped by City Hall to brief the Council on the city’s precarious financial situation. He was back tonight, as the head of the Mayor Virg Bernero-appointed Financial Health Team, to give an update.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Bernero brings back jobs from Italy

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 26 — After taking some heat last week from a few Lansing City Council members for going to Italy and not telling them about it, Mayor Virg Bernero announced tonight that an Italian “green energy” manufacturer plans to invest $9 million in the city, bringing with it 80 new jobs.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Council night

Refinancing bonds, turning over tax-foreclosed properties scheduled for Monday’s City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 30 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to take up business Monday night that Mayor Virg Bernero says could ultimately save taxpayers up to $4 million by refinancing debt.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves bond refinancing, leaving tax-foreclosed properties in county’s hands

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 3 — This week in Brian Jeffries and Carol Wood versus the administration: The opposing sides manage to turn a “good news story” into an argument over unanswered questions.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

MSU hacked

Hacker affiliated with Anonymous claims to have stolen nearly 1,500 names, email accounts and encrypted passwords from MSU affiliates

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 5 — An online hacker claims to have published nearly 1,500 names, email addresses and encrypted passwords and home addresses of people affiliated with Michigan State University.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Join the club

Highlighting Lansing’s newfound economic development prowess, another official backs consolidation concept

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 7 — The president and CEO of a regional economic development agency joined the chorus of officials today who support the concept of consolidating area units of government with the city of Lansing.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Big day coming

City braces for Right to Work protests Tuesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 10 — The city of Lansing is preparing for a big day of protests Tuesday against pending “Right to Work” legislation, announcing on Sunday that several downtown streets will be blocked off to hold anticipated crowds.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Fireworks in December; those determined Niowave neighbors; and RTW opposition

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 10 — The Lansing City Council unanimously adopted a revised fireworks ordinance tonight that hopes to calm aggravated residents who were sick of putting up with loud fireworks all night.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Stable'

Lansing gets good news on its bond rating, economic outlook

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 17 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced some welcome economic news today: the city’s economic outlook has gone from “negative” to “stable,” according to the rating service Standard and Poor’s.
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