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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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Thursday, July 11,2013

The Okemos 7

How a group of white-collar men gets entwined in a drug conspiracy when state and federal law collide

by Andy Balaskovitz
"I must say you don’t look like the typical drug defendant that we have in our court.” U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Scoville was talking to 65-year-old Dennis Corey in a federal courtroom in Grand Rapids in December. Corey, with a slim build and silver hair, was looking back at five federal charges for his role in a medical marijuana growing operation across the street from Okemos High School.
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Friday, July 5,2013

Obituary: Darnell Oldham Sr.

Lansing City Council regular Darnell Oldham Sr. passes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 5 — In less than six months, the Lansing City Council has lost two of its most vocal and regular critics from the public. Darnell Oldham Sr., known for biting speeches amplified by repetition and the occasional pause, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
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Monday, July 1,2013

Tax incentive for Temple Club may be revoked

Due to missed project deadlines, the Lansing City Council is being asked to revoke Obsolete Property Rehabilitation exemption for Temple Club redevelopment

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 1 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership are asking the City Council to revoke a 12-year tax incentive for the Temple Club redevelopment project in Old Town because developers have missed completion deadlines.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

Update: Flyer-airport controversy

Where is Houghton? A key supporter of a controversial grant to the bus service may miss meeting tonight, jeopardizing funding

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 26 — Two members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission who voted last month for a federal grant for Michigan Flyer may be absent from tonight’s meeting, creating doubt about approval.
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