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Monday, March 18,2013

Lansing casino: '3-fer'

Unveiling the next phase of entertainment development in Lansing: A downtown casino

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 23 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will unveil plans this morning for a tribal casino in downtown Lansing, a major economic development project meant to create jobs, fund the Lansing Promise education fund and turn the city’s convention center from a “loss leader” to “profit center,” he said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A pair of parkland proposals to appear on August ballots

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 23 — If at first you don’t succeed, try again. And again. And again. The fourth time was the charm for the Bernero administration's effort in getting a ballot proposal through the City Council that asks voter permission to sell off an old golf course and adjacent park in Lansing Township.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Lansing casino: A closer look

MSU indigenous law expert shows a little more confidence in Lansing’s ability to bring in a casino, but serious doubts remain

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 26 — When Matthew Fletcher examined the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act a little closer this week, he thought, maybe the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can open an off-reservation casino in Lansing.
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Monday, March 18,2013

An east side raid

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a doctor’s clinic on Lansing’s east side yesterday, but will not give details

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 27 — A Lansing physician’s clinic was raided yesterday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has confirmed, but the federal agency will not comment on details about the “ongoing investigation.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A State of the City timeline

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 30 — Following his 30-minute State of the City speech tonight, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said “not much” changed in preparing for this year’s compared to last.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Miserable old Lansing

Lansing ranks 13th in Forbes’ list of America’s Most Miserable Cities

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 2 — Don't look for Capital Gains to pick up this story. No, the publication focused on positive news in the area likely won’t mention that Forbes placed Lansing at 13th on its recent list of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Who gets the jobs, if they come?

Casino opposition says non-Sault Tribe, Lansing-area residents shouldn’t expect many of the 2,200 jobs promised as part of the Lansing Kewadin casino. Proponents disagree.

by Andy Balaskovitz
James Nye, a spokesman representing two tribes that oppose Lansing’s casino plan, is suggesting most of the 2,200 jobs — with a Lansing-area hiring preference — promised by the city as part of the Kewadin Lansing casino proposal “would likely never be available” to non-Sault Tribe, Lansing-area residents.
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Monday, March 18,2013

No need for ‘fat cat’ lists

Mayor’s Office: You can keep your highfalutin rankings, Forbes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 3 – The Bernero administration is hardly impressed that the publishing company Forbes ranked Lansing 13th this week on its list of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Kicking around the casino proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Monday night marked the start of the Lansing City Council’s formal discussion on the Bernero administration’s plans to bring a casino downtown.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A budget halftime report and a dwindling reserves reminder

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 13 — The Lansing City Council spent most of its Monday night being briefed on the past year and a half of the city’s finances.
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