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Monday, March 18,2013

What’s in store for parks?

Proposed changes for Lansing’s Parks and Recreation Department

by Andy Balaskovitz
Saturday, April 16 — Proposed plans for Lansing’s Parks and Recreation Department for the upcoming fiscal year include temporarily closing the Moores Park pool, turning certain maintenance duties over to Ingham County and reducing forestry services by 15 percent.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Moratorium changes

The City Council will vote tonight on a revised list of medical marijuana businesses that can operate in Lansing during the six-month moratorium. One business threatens to go to court if it is excluded.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 18 — One medical marijuana dispensary out of nearly 40 operating in Lansing may have to shut down if the City Council approves amendments to the city’s medical marijuana moratorium at tonight’s meeting.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Rent-a-bike

Lansing is exploring a bike-sharing program in the city

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 18 — What if you needed to make a quick jaunt in the city, but you don’t own a car, the walk is too far and a bus might take too long?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Council can’t get together for a quorum, will reconvene at 5 tonight. Council President Robinson: “This reflects poorly on all of us.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, April 19 — Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting was put on hold until 5 p.m. today after the eight-member body failed to reach a quorum.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A proven treatment not covered

What is Applied Behavior Analysis and why isn’t it being used more often to treat autism?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 20 — Three years ago, Stacie Rulison’s son Ryder was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Ryder was three years old at the time.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Prioritizing a sidewalk

The proposed Waverly Road sidewalk project goes before the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission with mixed reviews and a Wood-Bernero quarrel

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 21 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and City Councilwoman Carol Wood are at odds again, this time over the proposed Waverly Road sidewalk project.
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Monday, March 18,2013

No new smokers at Sparrow

The hospital announces it will not hire smokers.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 22 — Sparrow Health System will no longer hire smokers starting May 1.The policy will apply to all applicants but will not affect current employees, Sparrow spokesman John Berg said.“This is about the health and wellness of our community. This is about us taking a...
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Monday, March 18,2013

Construction noise

Waiving the noise ordinance and budget questions and answers on tonight’s Council agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 25 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and subsequent vote on waiving the city’s noise ordinance for the state Department of Transportation at tonight’s meeting.
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Monday, March 18,2013

4 mayors

Benavides, Hollister, Crawford join Bernero in supporting the millage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 27 — Four Lansing mayors, past and present, stood sheltered from the rain this morning in Fire Station No. 1 downtown to announce their support for the proposed 4-mill property tax increase."I don't know if this has happened besides charitable events," Mayor Virg Bernero said. "It's a testament to the importance of the May 3 election."
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Monday, March 18,2013

Budget 'blueprint'

Financial Health Team presents budget recommendations for next fiscal year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 18 — The city’s advisory Financial Health Team would make $12 million in cuts to services — including funding for police, fire, building inspection, cemeteries and golf — while increasing contributions to legacy costs and reserves to balance next year’s $9 million budget deficit.
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