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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The good, the bad and the efficient

Cogenerating the pros and cons of the BWL's new REO Town power plant

by Lawrence Cosentino
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle technology will rile up steam and electricity with the same gas flame.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

Update: Flyer-airport controversy

Where is Houghton? A key supporter of a controversial grant to the bus service may miss meeting tonight, jeopardizing funding

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 26 — Two members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission who voted last month for a federal grant for Michigan Flyer may be absent from tonight’s meeting, creating doubt about approval.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

DOMA aftermath

One local couple waiting to see how U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Defense of Marriage Act will play out in Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 26 — While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act today, it remains to be seen how same-sex partners in Michigan will be affected by the ruling. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, who nine years ago married his partner Brad Rakowski in Windsor, Ontario, is unclear how today’s DOMA ruling would affect the couple’s ability to qualify for both federal and state benefits.
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Tuesday, June 25,2013

Kids in the Hall

Citizens concerned about flooding, administration responds

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, June 26 — At Monday’s Lansing City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, nine residents spoke out about problems they’ve had with flooding — and they believe the city is to blame.
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Tuesday, June 25,2013

Report: 'Dark money' pours into Michigan elections

A lot of money coupled with little transparency paints troubling picture for 2012 Michigan elections

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, June 25 — More than $200 million was spent in Michigan during the 2012 Michigan elections for state offices, judgeships and education board seats, according to a recent report. But nearly $18.3 million was spent on political television ads — money that doesn’t need to be reported to the state, which the report called “dark money.”
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Monday, June 24,2013

Moving Michigan toward marriage equality

State House Democrats introduce LGBT marriage equality bills

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 24 — Democratic state representatives and gay rights activists introduced legislation this morning to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan. They’re calling the package of bills “Freedom to Marry.”
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Friday, June 21,2013

ASMSU’s autonomy

Student government believes it’s under attack by the university. MSU officials say it’s a matter of financial accountability.

by Sam Inglot
Friday, June 21 — In a move that the Associated Students of Michigan State University says will jeopardize its autonomy from the school, the MSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution today that forces ASMSU to keep its money in a university account.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

The Flyer is the future

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Our cover this week makes a little fun of my friend Chris Holman (well, I hope he is still my friend) for his role in the airport-Michigan Flyer controversy.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

In honor of World Refugee Day

“Peace pole” is installed at Summer Place Townhomes, honoring community of refugees

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 20 — At the age of 13, Nancy Yang Vue came to the United States from Laos as a refugee in 1976. Now, 37 years later, she’s one of the thousands of success stories of international refugees finding a home in the Lansing area.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

On LSD

Lansing Board of Education adopts slimmer 2013-2014 budget, leaves a fund balance for 2014-2015

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 20 — The Lansing Board of Education approved a $142.5 million operating budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its meeting tonight — it’s about $22.5 million lighter than this past year’s budget.
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