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Monday, January 31,2011

Studying Michigan Avenue

The Lansing City Council considers a team to study the Michigan Avenue corridor

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 31 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to appoint three members to the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority at tonight’s meeting.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Safe growing

A rise in medical marijuana burglaries in homes and businesses has people wondering: Where is it safe to grow?

by Andy Balaskovitz
At least 11 incidences of burglary or robbery involving medical marijuana were reported from Meridian Township to Eaton Rapids in the past seven months. Six of them were residential. Nine of them were in the city of Lansing. Charges were brought in two.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Bauer to seek weapons limits

Two Democrats have opposing views on gun-free zones following incidents at the Capital Area District Library

by Andy Balaskovitz
In the wake of two men openly carrying guns in the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library, state Rep. Joan Bauer is preparing legislation that would add public libraries to the short list of facilities that are exempt from the state’s open carry law.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Guns, Violence, Politics and the Right to Bear Arms

by Andy Balaskovitz
In Michigan, a favorable state for gun owners, there is legislation afoot (crafted by a Democrat) that would eliminate the state’s gun-free zones. In Lansing, two people recently walked through the downtown Capital Area District Library openly carrying guns.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Jones on pot: Expect regulations in 2011

State Sen. Rick Jones and local attorney Matt Newburg discuss medical marijuana issues

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wed. Jan. 26 —State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said today that legislation to tax medical marijuana businesses is coming in 2011. And a local medical marijuana attorney says it should.
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Tuesday, January 25,2011

Kids in the Hall

A pep talk, tributes and a public hearing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 25 — The scene on the first floor of the chilly, well-lit Knapp’s building Monday night was so optimistic, you might think the city faces a $15 million budget surplus and state revenue sharing would be plentiful in 2011.
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Monday, January 24,2011

Tributes before the speech

The City Council will meet for a quick session before the mayor’s State of the City speech

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 24 — The Lansing City Council will hold a brief meeting at 5 p.m. today before heading to Mayor Virg Bernero’s annual State of the City address.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Kids in the Hall

Marshall Street Armory: It’s ‘historic’ now

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 20 — The Lansing City Council voted unanimously today to give the Marshall Street Armory “historic district” status.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

One or the other

Will Joel Ferguson have to choose between MSU and a casino?

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Joel Ferguson was chosen to serve on the Greektown Casino board of directors in June, he says he was selected from a field of 30 to 40 people. Ferguson was re-elected as chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees last week and is serving a term that expires Jan. 2013
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

2011: A lean year for Lansing schools

‘We’re at a point where we’ve run out of options’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Lansing School District Superintendent T.C. Wallace says 2011 could be one of the toughest years yet for the district, citing staff layoffs, budget cuts and facility closings.
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