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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Cold-case detective coming

Mayor Bernero promises to veto City Council's decision to exclude a full-time cold-case investigator in next fiscal year's budget

by Andy Balaskovitz
In his office Monday night shortly after the Lansing City Council adopted a budget for the next fiscal year, the first item Mayor Virg Bernero promised to veto was the Council's elimination of a new, full-time cold-case investigator.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Disclosing pay

Two City Council members' non-disclosure of financial interests suggests a weak ethics ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Council President Carol Wood earned at least $4,700 as a consultant to political campaigns in 2012, yet she didn't have to report any information on it under the city's ethics ordinance.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Drive-by policing

Lansing Police Department to purchase three additional Automatic License Plate Readers for use later this summer, raising privacy concerns

by Sam Inglot
Later this summer, the Lansing Police Department will roll out Automatic License Plate Readers that will be used to find stolen vehicles, but a Lansing City Council candidate and the American Civil Liberties Union have privacy issues with the technology.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Niowave update

Tunnel construction, pollution prevention and the tax abatement

by Sam Inglot
The latest chapter in Niowave Inc.'s strained relationship with its residential neighbors is over the construction going on inside the company's controversial pole barn.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Litos a leader

by Walt Sorg
Consumers Mutual Insurance, Michigan's newest health insurer, is ambitious. Its mission is to be "recognized as Michigan's plan of choice for patient-centered care, disease management, lower costs, and greater access for individuals, families and the business community" by 2018.
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Tuesday, May 21,2013

Update: Bernero budget plan rejected

Council says no to streetlight/hydrant ‘fee’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, May 17 — Instead of charging city Board of Water and Light customers fees for streetlights and fire hydrants, the Lansing City Council wants to increase the publicly owned utility’s payment in lieu of taxes to balance next fiscal year’s budget.
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Tuesday, May 21,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves a budget in messy fashion, Mayor Bernero promises some vetoes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 21 — The Lansing City Council approved a fiscal year 2014 budget at Monday’s meeting, but it was ugly. The process, that is.
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Monday, May 20,2013

School for the Blind discussion

Ingham County Land Bank, Great Lakes Capital Fund to hold public meeting on School for the Blind plans

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, May 20 — On Tuesday, the Ingham County Land Bank and the Great Lakes Capital Fund will hold a public meeting on plans to repurpose the School for the Blind campus west of Old Town.
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Friday, May 17,2013

What can Dems pick up?

Michigan Democratic Party chairman puts 8th Congressional District in play

by Kyle Melinn
Friday, May 17 — The chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party considers the 8th Congressional District an “absolutely winnable race” for Democrats regardless of whether seven-term U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, runs for the U.S. Senate in 2014 or is tapped to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Friday, May 17,2013

On LSD

Lansing School District budget on its way to leaner times next year

by Sam Inglot
Friday, May 17 — On Thursday night, the Lansing School District Board of Education got its first taste of the proposed $142.5 million district budget for next school year — it’s about $22.5 million slimmer than this year’s budget.
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