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Monday, June 10,2013

It’s a tie, again

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission vote on expanding Michigan Flyer services will be reconsidered at next meeting

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, May 29 — Due to a tie vote at its meeting tonight, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will reconsider approving a project that would expand Michigan Flyer’s bus routes at its next meeting on June 26.
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Friday, June 7,2013

Former Barnes and Noble site in East Lansing under renovation

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use it for office space, sources say

by Sam Inglot and Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, June 7 — Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use the vacant building last used for a Barnes & Noble bookstore on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing for office space, multiple sources say.
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Thursday, June 6,2013

Pushing for judicial foreclosure

State Rep. Andy Schor introduces legislation that would put some foreclosures in court when banks have behaved badly

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 6 — State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced legislation today that would allow people who are facing mortgage foreclosure to take their case before a judge if their lender has been shady with its practices.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Lift your foot, please

MSU vet school grad Erica Ward goes to Thailand to treat elephants

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody had to take Erica Ward aside at her graduation party and whisper the word "elephants" in her ear. She knew what she wanted to do the first time she bandaged a pachyderm's sore foot and got an appreciative subsonic rumble in response.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Nobody really thinks Rogers will run for Senate

by Kyle Melinn
The "Mike Rogers for U.S. Senate?" rumor wasn't circulating long before the Democrats in Washington picked up the phone and started gauging interest in possible 8th Congressional District candidates. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and Ingham County Clerk Eric Schertzing were among those who piqued the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's interest several weeks ago.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Eye Sore of the Week

by Kali Jo Wolkow
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It is not enough to only reimagine blighted buildings — the entire property must be considered. This northwest corner parcel at Kalamazoo and Leslie streets is aching for change.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Church and state

Bishop David Maxwell, in defense of Lansing's Office of Community and Faith-based Initiatives

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the second year in a row, a majority of the Lansing City Council removed funding for a part-time position in Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal. And on Monday night, for the second year in a row, the Council didn't have the necessary six votes to override the mayor’s veto when he put it back in.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Protect this house

Mortgage foreclosure is rarely a straightforward — or completely legal — process, according to those working in the trenches

by Sam Inglot
Toby and Donna built their Meridian Township home 25 years ago where they raised three daughters. More recently, they enjoyed having their grandkids visit. But in 2011, even after making every payment on a mortgage modification, Bank of America tried to foreclose on them and sell their house.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Snyder-Schauer showdown

by Walt Sorg
Rick Snyder has one accomplishment the cynics thought impossible: He has united the state's Democratic Party. The gubernatorial election is 17 months away and Democrats already have their candidate: former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer.
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Monday, June 3,2013

Kids in the Hall

Mayor’s budget veto stands; Council approves buying property on Ottawa/Butler block for $1

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 3 — The Lansing City Council didn’t have the necessary six votes Monday night to override Mayor Virg Bernero’s fiscal year 2014 budget veto.
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