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Friday, November 8,2013

This week from Capital News Service

Low immunization rates, pharmaceutical drug shortages and abuses, economic opportunity by ZIP code and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Nov. 8 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics cover Michigan’s low immunization rates among children, separate stories on pharmaceutical drug shortages and abuse and a new study that shows economic opportunity by ZIP code.
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Thursday, November 7,2013

Guest column: Time to fish or cut bait on tax reform

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton on political timidity hindering tax reform

by Lee H. Hamilton
Thursday, Nov. 7 — As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes. Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, are preparing a comprehensive tax reform plan. They see the budget negotiations as their opportunity to enact much-needed changes to our bloated, off-kilter tax laws.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

On stands today: “Lansing-Area Food Hubs” issue

by City Pulse Staff
Cover story: The logistics of going local The national trend of “food hubs” linking local farmers with local stomachs is finally wriggling down the gullet of greater Lansing, writes Lawrence Cosentino. So far, it’s a tale of two gulps. In the heart of Lansing&rs...
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Private sector benefits

The growing tide of private-sector businesses offering same-sex partner benefits, and those in Lansing that still don’t

by Andy Balaskovitz
Fourth Ward Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko said publicly at the end of an Oct. 28 Council meeting that she finds it “somewhat appalling” that insurance company Jackson National Life does not offer its Michigan employees same-sex partner benefits.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Brown Clarke: ‘All options are open’

Councilwoman-elect Judi Brown Clarke is not dispelling rumors about a future run for mayor, other higher office

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Lansing City Councilwoman-elect Judi Brown Clarke made a big splash in the local political scene Tuesday when she placed first in a field of four candidates and ousted 10-year veteran Brian Jeffries from the Council. It appears the ripple effect may be felt for years to come. On a taping of “City Pulse on the Air” this afternoon, Brown Clarke said she has “all options open” when asked to respond to speculation that higher political office is in her future, including the Mayor’s Office.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Eye Candy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This recently renovated apartment block is a short walk from Lansing Community College and enjoys a grand view of Durant Park. The building is finished in brick with stone details, including a continuous base and decorative quoining on the corners.
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Tuesday, November 5,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council considers another church’s request to move to commercial corridor after Planning Department recommends denial

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 5 — For the second time in a month, the Lansing City Council is considering a request from a local church to relocate into a commercial corridor in the city. In both cases, the city’s Planning Department recommended denying a special land use permit because such a use in commercial space is not compatible with the city’s Master Plan.
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Monday, November 4,2013

Last-minute attacks

Campaign mailer against Brian Jeffries in final days of campaign misrepresents the facts

by Walt Sorg
Monday, Nov. 4 — A last-minute political attack campaign against Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries that refers to a City Pulse story has misrepresented the facts.
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Friday, November 1,2013

This week from Capital News Service

New research on teaching teenagers with autism; high divorce rates in rural areas; food pantries gearing up for holiday season and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Nov. 1 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics cover new research for teaching teenagers with autism; high divorce rates in rural areas; food pantries gearing up for the holiday season; osprey rebounding; and more.
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Thursday, October 31,2013

Be here now

A closer look at City Council attendance records from 2010 to present

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 31 — Fourth Ward City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko has the worst meeting attendance record among her peers going back to 2010, but it was that first year in office that’s brought her numbers down. After 2010, her record is comparable to the other seven Council members.
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