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Friday, September 20,2013

Brielle Green update

Maria and Steve Green get more visitation time with their 7-month-old daughter, but yet to regain custody

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Sept. 20 — It wasn’t what they’d hoped for, but Maria and Gordon “Steve” Green will at least temporarily get to visit their 7-month-old daughter more often.
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Thursday, September 19,2013

State objects to Lansing’s pot petition

Attorney General’s Office and Gov. Rick Snyder say Lansing’s marijuana ballot question would violate state law. City attorney approves it for ballots anyway.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 19 — A marijuana legalization proposal will remain on the November ballot in Lansing, despite a notice from the state saying the City Charter amendment would violate state law, City Clerk Chris Swope said today.
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Thursday, September 19,2013

MSU launches, celebrates new LGBTQ studies specialization

All-day event Friday celebrates new launch of undergraduate specialization

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 19 — Celebrating the launch this semester of a new LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies undergraduate specialization, Michigan State University is hosting an all day symposium Friday welcoming the new discipline.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

‘$7.40’s got to go’

Protesters demand Legislature to raise state minimum wage to $10 an hour

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Sept. 18 — While opponents of raising the minimum wage commonly say that it’ll hurt employers, over 100 protesters outside of Lansing City Hall today argued just the opposite. That doing so empowers consumers — and thus employers.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

'Free Bree'

The case of 7-month-old Brielle Green and her parents' fight to bring her back home

by Andy Balaskovitz
Maria and Gordon “Steve” Green want to know why being legally registered medical marijuana patients makes them unfit to live with their 7-month-old daughter. More than 100 people who staged a protest on their behalf in downtown Lansing Tuesday are wondering the same thing.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

A civil action coming

South Lansing residents get behind class-action lawsuit over storm water, sewage flooding in their homes

by Andy Balaskovitz
An overnight storm dumped 4 inches of rain on Lansing on June 12 and 13. Predictably, basements flooded, leaving hundreds with sewage or rainwater backups. Predictably, residents railed against City Hall. “In this area, the systems have failed,” Deanna Ray, a resident of the Coachlight Neighborhood in south Lansing, told the State Journal.
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Thursday, September 12,2013

Year-round school

In an effort to improve student achievement and struggling schools, State Rep. Andy Schor proposes legislation that would incentive year-round schooling

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 12 — State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced legislation today that would incentive school districts’ moving to a year-round calendar, which he believes may help low-achieving students and fix struggling schools.
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Thursday, September 12,2013

BWL adds wind

Lansing’s publicly owned utility to add wind to its renewable energy portfolio

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 12 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light is diversifying its renewable energy portfolio, announcing today that it will start distributing energy generated from wind turbines 45 miles north of Lansing in fall 2014.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Diplomacy

Supporters for military action in Syria are few and far between in greater Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
About 10 years ago, Anas Attal was attending a soccer match at a stadium in his hometown of Homs, Syria, when security guards opened the gates to the field. Hearing the story, I imagined what it would have been like as a 12-year old to on the sidelines of the Pontiac Silverdome during a Detroit Lions game.
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Thursday, September 5,2013

'We'll see'

Families of the Okemos 7 react to recent federal news related to marijuana policy

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 5 — JoAnn Forsberg and her family aren’t exactly rejoicing over the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement last week that it will largely leave it to states to regulate their own medical or recreational marijuana policies.
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