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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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Monday, March 18,2013

A different take on the election

Ferguson: Council took easy way out on millage election

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 27 — The chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees said today "I scratch my head" about the Lansing City Council's decision to have voters approve a property tax increase to raise revenues when the Council could have unilaterally done it itself.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Waverly makes the list

The proposed Waverly Road sidewalk moves forward

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 28 — The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to move forward with the proposed Waverly Road sidewalk project proposed by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and derided by critics as a “sidewalk to nowhere.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Holding — not folding — on a Lansing casino

A ballot proposal that would show support for bringing a gaming facility to downtown Lansing is probably not in the cards for the August primary.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 29 — A nonbinding referendum on whether to bring an Indian-owned casino to Lansing is “pretty unlikely” to be on the August primary ballot, City Clerk Chris Swope said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A new suit

Another gun rights group files suit against the Capital Area District Library’s weapons policy. Meanwhile, CADL’s executive director steps down for unrelated reasons.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 29 —The gun rights advocacy group Michigan Gun Owners has filed suit against the Capital Area District Library, claiming a portion of its weapons policy is illegal.
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