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Thursday, May 16,2013

It's a tie

Transportation Review Committee makes no recommendation on Michigan Flyer expansion because of tie vote

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 16 — The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Review Committee won’t be making a recommendation to the full commission on Michigan Flyer expanding its runs between East Lansing and Ann Arbor because of a tie vote at its meeting Wednesday night.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

What about those 'fees?'

Bernero administration still unclear whether proposed fire hydrant and streetlight charges would be a fee or a tax

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a week to go before the Lansing City Council must adopt a new budget, the single biggest issue has yet to be resolved. The question is whether Mayor Virg Bernero's proposed charge for hydrants and streetlights is a fee or a tax. The Council can increase fees, but a tax would require a vote of the people.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Ride or fly

Mayor, Council president and business community — in defense of airport — line up against federal grant for Michigan Flyer. One supporter calls for a grown up in the debate.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tension between the Capital Region Airport Authority and Michigan Flyer has been rekindled in recent weeks as the private bus service seeks local approval for a $595,680 federal grant to expand its service between East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Owner says: Property is for lease through CBRE MartinArchitecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Some buildings are more susceptible to blight than others. By nature, buildings that are not easily adaptable due to form — in this case, single-use ones — sit vacant longer. It's true, just look around.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

The race is on

With the filing deadline for city elections closed, campaign season officially begins

by Sam Inglot
The filing deadline to run for city elected offices officially closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday. From the looks of things, it's likely Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will coast to reelection.
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Tuesday, May 14,2013

Kicking up dust

Market Place project finally gets moving, developer expects completion in late 2014

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, May 14 — It only took six years and the threat of a legal action by the city, but developer Pat Gillespie has officially begun to work on his Market Place project in downtown Lansing. He expects the project to be complete in late 2014.
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Monday, May 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearings round 7: Mayor’s Office and Community Media

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, May 15 — The city’s Office of Community Media had a strong year at its temporary home in a former National Guard armory. Within the next year it expects to be operating from the newly renovated Holmes Street School alongside a technology empowerment center.
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Monday, May 13,2013

Panel on discrimination in the Boy Scouts

Lansing Association for Human Rights to host panel about the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay members

by Sam Inglot
Monday, May 13 — The president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights says the Boy Scouts of America is going only “halfway” with a proposed policy that would partially lift the BSA’s ban on gay scouts.
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Friday, May 10,2013

Bernero announces reelection campaign

Two terms isn’t enough for Mayor Virg Bernero, who is seeking another four years in office. He also urges support for Dunbar, Houghton, Yorko and Brown Clarke for City Council.

by Sam Inglot
Friday, May 10 — Touting $1 billion of new investment and creating thousands of jobs during his two terms as Lansing’s mayor, Virg Bernero started his re-election campaign today.
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Friday, May 10,2013

Consumers Mutual

New insurance company to fill insurance gap

by Walt Sorg
Friday, May 10 — While the Legislature dithers over whether Michigan’s working poor should be allowed affordable health insurance, a consortium of local health agencies is moving ahead with expanding healthcare options for the state’s low-income families and small businesses.
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