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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Sequestration pain

Despite budget deal, the impact of cuts in federal grants lingers for MSU researchers, threatening the quality of research and jobs

by Rachel E. Cabose
In the 2012-13 academic year, Michigan State University lost $86 million in federal research funding, a 31 percent drop from the year before, according to an MSU external funding report.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

BWL Watch

Keeping an eye on Lansing’s publicly owned utility

by Andy Balaskovitz and RJ Wolcott
It didn’t take long for controversy to swirl around Monday’s announcement of the outside review panel selected to investigate the Board of Water and Light’s handling of the ice storm that hit a month ago.
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Tuesday, January 21,2014

Trowbridge Plaza plans stand

Developer hasn’t withdrawn proposal, East Lansing official says

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 21 — The developer of a $24 million plan to redesign Trowbridge Plaza has not formally withdrawn his plans from city officials, despite a report in the Lansing State Journal today that suggests he did.
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Monday, January 20,2014

From Yamasaki to reality

Lansing one of three capital cities selected by U.S. EPA to develop green infrastructure at Capitol Complex

by RJ Wolcott
Monday, Jan. 20 — In searching for plans to promote sustainability and ecologically friendly infrastructure in Lansing, Bob Johnson, the city’s director of planning and neighborhood development, found inspiration in the form of a long-shelved city plan from 1987.
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Friday, January 17,2014

This week from Capital News Service

New barriers to road funding; climate change health concerns; mixed recreational effects of polar vortex; new bike signaling; and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Jan. 17 — A new semester has started, which means City Pulse is back to running a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include new barriers to fixing the state’s road infrastructure, a slow-moving health crisis as a result of climate change, new signaling for bicyclists and more.
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Thursday, January 16,2014

Jones singles out parents who are medical-marijuana patients

State Sen. Rick Jones says he’s protecting children, while medical-marijuana advocates cry foul over proposed child-custody bill

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 16 — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced legislation Wednesday that could halt a parent’s or guardian’s use of medical marijuana if a judge determines that it’s “not in the best interest” of their children.
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Thursday, January 16,2014

'End It Now'

Bullying victim and author shares his story with Lansing students

by Nicole Halvorsen
Thursday, Jan. 16 — An otherwise ordinary day in gym class 20 years ago changed the course of Shane Jeffreys’ life in one gruesome moment.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

BWL Watch

Keeping an eye on Lansing’s publicly owned utility

by City Pulse Staff
At a Jan. 7 public hearing, Patrick Hanes, BWL manager of electric transmission and distribution, told the BWL Board of Commissioners that the utility attempted to bring in as many line crews as it could to repair widespread outages in the early days of the storm.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

‘Red Cedar Village’ fears

Early skepticism from East Lansing City Council members on proposed housing at Trowbridge Village Lifestyle Center

by Andy Balaskovitz
A student ghetto. Burning couches. A loss of commercial enterprise. It’s a housing image the city of East Lansing has struggled with for years, and one City Councilwoman Ruth Beier hopes to avoid at Trowbridge Plaza.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Why Goodrich’s can’t stay

Closing for six to eight months plus renovation costs was not an option for Goodrich’s Shop-Rite

by Andy Balaskovitz
Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, the family owned business based in East Lansing’s Trowbridge Plaza, is unable to close for six to eight months to renovate the 26,000-square-foot grocery store.
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