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Monday, March 18,2013

Meadows to run for district court

The term-limited state representative announces he’ll run for district court judge in East Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
State Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, announced today that he’s running for a judge seat in East Lansing’s 54B District Court, which is being vacated by retiring Judge David Jordon.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearing picks apart police millage appropriation, consolidation. Administration still facing opposition from Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 16 — The Bernero administration’s budget proposal to spend nearly $650,000 on plans to consolidate the Lansing Police Department into one building is the continuation of a four-year trend.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Developer says he’d sell the North Precinct to the city for $3.4 million

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 23 — Turns out Harry Hepler is willing to sell the 24,000-square-foot North Precinct — and another 117,000 square feet of additional space — to the city for about $3.4 million (which includes interest).
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearing shines light on public service millage spending

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 8 — Nearly half of Lansing’s roads are in poor to failed condition, the Lansing City Council was told Monday night, but the Bernero administration hopes the $1.9 million expected in new tax revenue will keep the number from growing exponentially.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Sobering news as the budget process winds down. Also, Council approves a permit for redeveloping the old Silver Dollar property; Emergent Biosolutions wants to expand; and supporting striking Red Cross workers.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, May 14 — In a matter of three hours between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, the City Council learned from the Bernero administration that the General Fund may have to start funding a $1.6 million deficit for the city’s Tax Increment Financing Authority starting in 2014; a budget deficit in the city’s General Fund will appear at the end of this fiscal year; and the city may have to inject another $3 million annually into its two retirement systems due to rising health care costs.
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Monday, March 18,2013

God and sexuality

MSU panel to discuss the “perceived” conflict between religion and sexuality

by Alyssa Gienapp
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — Being gay and Christian is not an oxymoron. At least that’s what a panel discussion will address Thursday at Michigan State University.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Holy Cross comes back to life

The St. Andrew Dung-Lac Parish moves into the former Holy Cross Catholic Church

by Alyssa Gienapp
Tuesday, April 5 — The former Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lansing will have new tenants soon: the St. Andrew Dung-Lac Parish, a Vietnamese Catholic congregation.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Bikes in the light

Lansing-area bicycle advocates receive national acclaim

by Fiona Guo
Wednesday, March 23 — Mid-Michigan is attracting national attention for its efforts to improve non-motorized transportation routes.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Rally for mental health

‘Walk-a-Mile In My Shoes’ draws nearly 2,000 from around the state

by Fiona Guo
Thursday, May 12 — The Capitol lawn was packed Wednesday with nearly 2,000 people from across the state donning shirts that read, “Mental Health Matters,” “On the road again” and “Hope with every STEP.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Safety first on fracking

Environmental groups urge caution as new natural gas drilling method emerges

by Tracy Key
Wednesday, May 18 — The state Department of Natural Resources says that when in Michigan, you’re never more than six miles from a lake or river. In fact, Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and about 36,000 miles of rivers and has the second largest amount of coastline in any state, behind Alaska.
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