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Wednesday, August 7,2013

Editor out, circ down

The State Journal's circulation numbers continue to plummet since introducing a paywall last year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Since close of business Friday, the daily newspaper in this town has been without an executive editor.
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

Replacing De Leon

Two seek to fill vacant seat on Ingham County Board of Commissioners; deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Two Lansing Democrats have applied so far to represent northwest Lansing on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners to fill out the term of Debbie De Leon.
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

Getting out the college vote

East Lansing City Council approves new precinct boundaries, polling locations at Michigan State University in effort to make voting easier for students

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 7 — The East Lansing City Council approved new precinct boundaries and polling locations for Michigan State University students living on campus Tuesday, an effort seeking to improve voting access.
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Monday, August 5,2013

Pot petitions are in

Charter amendment to legalize possession, use and transfer of small amounts of marijuana could be on November ballots

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 5 — Organizers of a campaign to legalize the possession, use and transfer of less than an ounce of marijuana on private property in Lansing turned in over 6,000 signatures to the City Clerk’s Office today in an effort to let city voters decide on the new law in November.
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Monday, August 5,2013

Kids in the Hall

City Council approves agreements for Jackson National Life expansion

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 5 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved property sharing and development agreements at a special meeting tonight for Jackson National Life’s planned $100 million expansion in Alaiedon Township.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Politics and prevailing wage

Whether Lansing voters know it, the issue of prevailing wage is driving next week's primary election.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Within hours after City Pulse published an innocuous line in a July 17 online story that said City Council member Brian Jeffries opposed Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on significant issues, such as prevailing wage, the editorial staff heard from both camps within hours.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

LSJ phases out executive editor

In restructuring move, executive editor Mickey Hirten’s last day at the Journal is Friday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, July 31 — The Lansing State Journal announced today that it’s phasing out executive editor Mickey Hirten’s position as part of a news department restructuring.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Lansing prevailing wage ordinance in limbo

Building trades group challenges Lansing’s prevailing wage ordinance and wins in Circuit Court; city preparing for appeal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, July 31 — The city of Lansing’s prevailing wage ordinance, which requires area-standard wages be paid on city-funded construction projects, has been on hold since November after a building trades group challenged its constitutionality under state law and won.
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Monday, July 29,2013

Kids in the Hall

St. Petersburg resolution taken off agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 29 — A resolution condemning discrimination against LGBT advocates and their allies in St. Petersburg, Russia — a Lansing Sister City — was pulled from tonight’s City Council agenda because the two may not be sister cities at all.
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Friday, July 26,2013

Primary election finance reports are in

Bernero has lopsided fundraising lead in mayor’s race; Dunbar tops At-Large candidates; and in close 4th Ward, Canfora lands contributions from four Council members

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 26 — In an example of what’s proving to be a lopsided mayoral race, incumbent Mayor Virg Bernero reported earning more than $75,000 in campaign contributions for the reporting period leading up to the Aug. 6 Primary Election. His next closest opponent raised less than $1,000.
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