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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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Friday, May 10,2013

Deemable Tech

A weekly column answering your technology questions

by Ray Hollister
Friday, May 10 — Editor’s note: “Deemable Tech” is a syndicated column by Jacksonville, Fla.-based writer Ray Hollister. It will appear weekly on lansingcitypulse.com.
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Thursday, May 9,2013

On LSD

End of year fund balance improvements and sinking fund expenditures

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 9 — The Lansing School District will have over $800,000 more in its coffers at the end of the year than earlier projected, according to a budget amendment presented at a Board of Education informational meeting tonight.
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Thursday, May 9,2013

Fracking up the future

Anti-fracking protesters disrupt DNR oil and gas land lease auction, no arrests

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 9 — A gas and mineral rights auction of public land by the Department of Natural Resources drew the ire of about 40 anti-fracking protesters at the Lansing Center today. Several protesters were escorted out of the auction for disruptive behavior, but no arrests were made.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
In general, coffee shops have quite the adaptive reuse history — it's an inherent part of coffee-shop DNA. In mid-Michigan alone, coffee shops occupy existing storefronts, houses and gas stations.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

JNL's money grab

Lest we forget when Jackson National Life successfully argued its new headquarters was "obsolete" to lower its property tax payments. On Tuesday, a compromise was reached with the city.

by Andy Balaskovitz
As the local media drank up good jobs news last week like an alcoholic at a Christmas party, there's been no mention of the fact that less than three years ago, Jackson National Life Insurance Co. fought the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Wrapping up charrette week

Week-long visioning sessions for Grand River/Michigan corridor come to a close

by Andy Balaskovitz
For over three hours inside the Lansing Center last week, politicians worked alongside concerned citizens, engineers and planners alongside transportation advocates to visualize the future of Grand River and Michigan avenues between the Capitol and Webberville.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

The fees within

How Lansing fees would change under Mayor Virg Bernero's budget

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has introduced 33 new fees and proposes increasing 86 existing fees for various city services as part of his budget that would start July 1. The changes are projected to raise about $500,000 in new revenue for city coffers.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Expanding civil rights in the capital region

Meridian, Delta and Delhi townships plan to introduce LGBT nondiscrimination policies this summer

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, May 8 — Because the Republican-controlled state Legislature doesn’t seem interested in expanding civil rights protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens, local governments are taking matters into their own hands.
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