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Wednesday, January 16,2013

On the college media

Declining advertising, circulation leading to 'great upheaval' in college newspaper publishing. How is The State News faring?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Twenty years ago, the letterhead on the stationery of The State News said it had a circulation of 38,000. Today, the campus newspaper at Michigan State University publishes 18,500 copies.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Cristo merger

Petition signatures are piling up against merging Cristo Rey Community Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities

by Andy Balaskovitz
Opponents of a proposal to merge Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities say they've collected about 300 petition signatures against the idea in the past month.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

The Wood files

After being elected president of the Lansing City Council, is Carol Wood content as a City Council member?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Carol Wood moved two seats to her left on the City Council dais after being elected president last week by her colleagues. But she's still keeping an eye on another seat, one that's a floor below her Council office: the Mayor's Office.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Pay up

Councilwoman A'Lynne Robinson's state rep campaign owes the state for not filing finance report

by Andy Balaskovitz
The state has fined Lansing City Councilwoman A'Lynne Robinson's campaign committee $1,000 for not filing a finance report after she was defeated in the August Democratic primary for state representative in the 68th district.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Bank on it

Newly elected treasurer wants to form a land bank in Eaton County

by Andy Balaskovitz
Bob Robinson has a plan for the rising number of tax-foreclosed properties in Eaton County. Robinson, the newly elected Democratic treasurer there, is looking to do what Ingham and 32 other Michigan counties do to help manage property blight: set up a county land bank.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Clarified and complicated

Advocates say the new bill package affecting medical marijuana patients approved during lame duck is mostly negative or innocuous

by Andy Balaskovitz
Last month's legislative lame-duck session changed Michigan law on a variety of fronts — the most headline-worthy being right wing power grabs (see: right to work; emergency managers; abortion rights).
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

And we're off

Who's in to challenge Lansing City Council incumbents in 2013? And who will preside over the Council next year?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The three Lansing City Council members seen as reliable support for Mayor Virg Bernero all have at least preliminary opposition to their re-election bids in 2013. Defeats could further endanger Bernero’s agenda.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Eye Candy of the Week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Even in the daytime it's hard to miss this gem facing Harrison Road in East Lansing's Glencairn neighborhood. But in the spirit of the holidays, we set out to find some of the best exterior lighting we could find. This one delivers.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Recovering

The number of properties owing on delinquent property taxes declines; still nowhere near pre-2008 numbers

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Ingham County treasurer says 2012 looks like the "definitive peak" of the housing crisis in Ingham County, with the number of property tax delinquents declining by more than 10 percent from last year and falling below 2009 figures.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Finally

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage equality — and it could have major implications for Michigan's prohibitive laws against the LGBT community

by Andy Balaskovitz
Depending on how a case before the U.S. Supreme Court turns out, Amy Hunter may change her birth certificate. Hunter, who was born a male but now identifies as female, has not changed the gender listed on her birth certificate since she married her partner, Cindy Hunter, in 2006, before her transition.
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