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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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Wednesday, April 23,2014

From the farm to Congress

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says upbringing will resonate with rural 8th Congressional District voters

by Andy Balaskovitz
A humble, hard-working farmer from Bunker Hill Township. Responsible with money, progressive on social issues. That’s the portrait Eric Schertzing paints of himself — and it is one that he believes will make him the next congressman from Michigan’s 8th District.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

When anchors spend, we win

How the local economy could thrive if major institutions adopt local-purchasing policies

by Terry Link
In the last column, I referred to Michigan State University as an anchor in our community. It is the kind of institution that isn’t likely to pick up and move away because profits don’t meet the owners’ expectations. Other anchor institutions like hospitals, government and schools are more deeply connected to place.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Manufacturers Bank of Lansing/ Comerica Bank, 101 N. Washington Square, Lansing Owner: Comerica Inc. Assessed value: $600,000 In spite of its commanding presence and exposed location, this impressive building is often overlooked. Approaching from the east along Michigan Avenue...
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Song and dance man

A Lansing State Journal story catches J. Peter Lark withholding information from his bosses about serious workplace violations at the Lansing Board of Water and Light

by Mickey Hirten
If he needs to change jobs, J. Peter Lark, Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, could easily play the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago.” He’s got the suits. He’s got the coif. And Lark plays his board of commissioners the way Flynn plays juries.
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