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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Mike Rogers Inc.

Former congressman taps into a lucrative life

by Mickey Hirten
So whatīs been happening with Mike Rogers since he left Congress in January? Heīs gone into business. What business? Mike Rogers Inc. And it seems to be doing very well. He has founded an institute that promotes national security. He is an executive producer and the host of an ei...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Lansing ethics reform

Public campaign financing, lobbying restrictions proposed

by Todd A. Heywood
This story has been updated to correct an error. Lansing voters will likely decide in November whether to make sweeping changes in the city’s ethics ordinance, including adding a provision for public funding of local elections. A new ballot initiative committee called Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform submitted a petition with 6,673 signatures to the City Clerk’s Office last week. Clerk Chris Swope has until Wednesday to determine if at least 4,000 are valid. If so, the proposal goes to the City Council, which can either adopt it or, more likely, put it on the General Election ballot. If passed, it would take effect in 2017.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Wedding bills

Widely different state legislation anticipates same-sex court ruling

by Todd A. Heywood
As Michigan and the nation await a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that could end Michigan’s 11-year ban on same-sex marriage, lawmakers from both parties have filed bills to address the shifting legal and social landscapes. Democrats have proposed eliminating language that prohibits same-sex marriage, while Republicans have called for requiring all marriages, same-sex or not, to be performed only by clerics, not civil officials, such as judges.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Eye candy of the week

Bike Lanes Greater Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The end of the school year and the approach of summer invariably bring an increase in bicycle traffic, including commuters seeking a healthier substitute to driving and residents looking for alternate modes of transportation. Marked bike lanes help to ensure a safer environment for cyclis...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

‘The issue is solvency’

County officials concerned about Lansing Township finances

by Mickey Hirten
Itīs been a long and bitter battle between Ingham County and Lansing Township, but the $12 million construction project to address flooding in neighborhoods and at business in and around Wood Street and Lake Lansing Road should begin this summer.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Lose-lose at MSU

Sexual assault hearing process pleases no one

by Todd A. Heywood
On Aug. 2, 2013, an MSU student identified in court documents solely as Ashley met with MSU police and administrative officials to report an alleged rape that had occurred two days earlier. She alleged a fellow student had sex with her while she was unconscious, possibly as the result of a “date rape drug.” Her complaint led to two investigations — one criminal by the MSU police, the other administrative under the institution’s sexual harassment policy and guided by the federal law on gender equity known as Title IX.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

‘A farmers market no more’

LEPFA president shares plan for historic Lansing City Market

by Brooke Kansier
It may still be called the City Market, but farmers will no longer be driving its identity under a new plan being shaped by city officials.
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East side upswing

Two developers building on momentum of Michigan Avenue

by ALLAN I. ROSS
CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story omitted Capital City Homebrewing Supply, which is also located on the south side of Michigan Avenueīs 2000 block. One of Lansing’s prime commercial blocks outside of downtown and the home of Emil’s, t...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East Lansing sex ed flap

Advisory committee not meeting state requirements

by TODD HEYWOOD
The East Lansing Public Schools sex education programming —already the subject of scrutiny over its abstinence-only contract program SMART — may be in violation of Michigan’s laws and district policy dictating how public schools deliver sex education. At issue is whe...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Flint and the faithful

Diocese of Lansing asks for help for struggling city

by Mickey Hirten
That many of Michiganīs cities are struggling is well known. Detroit is the nationīs poster child for a city in decline. On the west side of the state, Benton Harbor is near collapse. The state imposed emergency managers on Pontiac and Highland Park. But what I didnīt realize was the...
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