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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Grass, weed remedies

Bernero administration planning big changes to code compliance ordinance

by TODD HEYWOOD
Mayor Virg Bernero and his administration are preparing to introduce amendments to the city’s code compliance ordinance that would effectively eliminate property-owner notifications of alleged code violations.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

The hidden cost of moving LPD

A counter offer made by North Precinct landlord shows the city could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by not moving police operations to a Lansing School District-owned building, even though Bernero says it will be cost-neutral.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The landlord of the Lansing Police Department’s North Precinct says the city could save nearly $100,000 a year for the next four years by staying put and not moving to the Lansing School Districtowned Hill Center on the far south side of the city.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Property: 134 Regent St., Lansing Owner: David and Carrie Muylle Architect Daniel E. Bollman says: While its exterior is plainly attractive, the subtle details make this unassuming home notable. The painted siding is synthetic and low maintenance, but it lacks the telltale tackiness...
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

No art money

Lansing City Council looks like it will stop short of appropriating funding for public art … for now

by Andy Balaskovitz
It appears the Lansing City Council will hold off on appropriating money for public art in the annual budget, opting for a less formal set of guidelines and procedures for installing works throughout the city.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Vote Tuesday

Lansing and three other area school districts hold votes on millages Tuesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 30 — Voters in the Lansing School District will be asked Tuesday to renew a 20-year millage that provides about $18 million in revenue for operating costs — or about 11 percent percent of the district’s budget.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Stop the presses

Gannett’s decision to shut down its 20-year-old printing plant in Delta Township is a blow for the 103 employees who produce the State Journal and other papers

by Mickey Hirten
It was a very sad announcement from the Lansing State Journal Tuesday that it plans to close its production plant in Delta Township.
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Friday, April 25,2014

Barnett drops out of 8th Congressional race

Republican primary shaping up between Mike Bishop and Tom McMillin

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 25 — Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett has reportedly dropped out of the Republican primary race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers in the 8th Congressional District. It sets up a Republican primary between former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and state Rep. Tom McMillin.
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Friday, April 25,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Medicaid expansion, improving state crosswalks, Detroit’s street art scene and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, April 25 – This week’s file from Capital News Service includes stories on a new tuition assistance program proposed for Michigan National Guard members; the rapid success of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program; efforts to improve Michigan’s crosswalks; a new art book highlighting Detroit’s burgeoning street art scene and more.
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Thursday, April 24,2014

The State News: Ferguson shouldn’t laugh at students

Student newspaper editorial board rails against Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson for laughing at student protests

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 24 — The State News, “Michigan State University’s Independent Voice Since 1909,” editorialized against MSU Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson this week over comments he made about laughing at student protests of tuition hikes.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Discontent at the market

Lansing officials say City Market vendors should adapt to lack of parking; Bernero calls the problem a ‘growth spurt’

by Andy Balaskovitz
One by one, vendors at the Lansing City Market would furrow their brows or shrug their shoulders when asked: How are things going at the market?
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