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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Prop 1: new tax and new revenue

by Matt Mikus
It seems clear cut: Vote for Proposal 1 and businesses will no longer pay a tedious tax, while local governments continue to collect funds to spend on police and fire departments.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Schertzing campaign

Democratic candidate for Congress touts support from women

by City Pulse Staff
WEDNESDAY, July 23 — Sixteen women led by Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer formally endorsed Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing for Congress today on the steps of the Michigan Women’s Historical Museum today.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Dispensary framework

Michigan moves toward the return of medical marijuana dispensaries — this time under much stricter regulation

by Andy Balaskovitz
For Robin Schneider, House Bill 4271 has been three years in the making. The legislation — approved overwhelmingly by the state House in December and unanimously by a Senate committee last week — would allow local municipalities to regulate, or ban, medical marijuana “provisioning centers” if they choose.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 108 S. Hosmer St., Lansing Owner: 108 Hosmer LLC Assessed Value: $227,000 There is good news about this week’s eyesore: It is apparently on its way to being an eye candy. A 2001 fire badly damaged the vacant apartment building visible from Michigan Avenue, but the owners...
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

BWL the polluter

BWL’s poor responses to the ice storm and a plant accident may be forgivable, but failing to abate mercury pollution is another matter entirely

by Mickey Hirten
You have to wonder sometimes how the people who run Lansing Board of Water and Light sleep at night. We learned last week that the utilityīs Erickson plant installed equipment in 2007 that would drastically reduce the amount of toxic mercury is spews out over Lansing and nearby communities. But it hasnīt turned it on to save money and, well, because it didnīt have to.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Magic Meals

by Matt Mikus
The new contract between Lansing School District and SodexoMAGIC, a partnership involving Earvin "Magic" Johnson, will provide healthy eating options and a third meal for after school programs. The third meal means a nutritional dinner for students who participate in sports or other after-school activities. But it comes as a higher cost than the former contract.
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Tuesday, July 22,2014

BWL expansion

Solar panels tripled, largest in state

by Matt Mikus
TUESDAY, July 22 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light unveiled the expansion of 385 solar panels at the Cedar Street solar array Tuesday, almost tripling the generating power from 54 kW to 158 kW.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Postponing King Coal’s retirement

Pressure is on for BWL to plan beyond aging coal plants

by Lawrence Cosentino
Fed up with delays by the Lansing Board of Water and Light to retire its coalfired Eckert Power Station, local activists are pressing the utility to set a date to close the 60-year-old facility.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Missing Goodrich’s

by BERL SCHWARTZ
I should probably be glad to see Goodrich’s ShopRite go. It’s been too convenient — especially on my way to home or office after a gym visit. I think there must be something akin to the Freshmen 15 when it comes to this store.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

‘It’s personal’

Fearing reprisals, laid-off LSJ worker calls for boycott with 103 jobs lost

by BECKY McKENDRY
The man who posted a video calling for a boycott of the Lansing State Journal hopes his “crusade tugs on (people’s) heartstrings” enough to cause 10,000 readers to stop buying the paper or cancel their subscriptions.
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