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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Behind the electronic curtain

Public officials texting and emailing during public meetings could pose legal problems

by Sam Inglot
"OMG, I think I just violated the OMA," is a phrase Bill Mathewson likes to use when giving presentations about elected officials texting and emailing during public meetings. That very issue came up during the Lansing City Council's meeting Monday when Councilwoman Jody Washington criticized her colleagues on the dais for texting during meetings.
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Friday, March 22,2013

On LSD

Lansing teachers, superintendent get a new five-year contract with layoffs; school board agrees to sell two buildings

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 21 — Lansing teachers gave up their daily planning time and agreed to no step salary increases as part of a new contract with the district adopted tonight.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

LCC houses on path to deconstruction

Three houses will be deconstructed following RFP, lead and asbestos removal

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 21 — Lansing Community College will soon start the process of removing three homes — each at least 111 years old — on the southwest corner of North Capitol Avenue and West Saginaw Street to make way for a park-like entrance to its campus.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Gun rights rally at the Capitol

Hundreds of gun rights supporters flock to downtown Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, March 20 — Chris and Martha Welch were at the Capitol today to voice their support for gun ownership and carrying rights.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Buses and budgets

The Lansing School District starts reevaluating transportation services to save money

by Sam Inglot
The process of trimming the Lansing School District's budget is kicking off in the same place where roughly 5,500 students start their day: school buses.
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Monday, March 18,2013

School changes coming

Lansing School Board approves restructuring plan in a newfound atmosphere of cooperation

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 22 — The Lansing School Board is learning to get along — and the public is taking note — as it approves a new restructuring plan 8-1.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Gabel goes with Grace

Tom Gabel's revelation has changed the point of view of writer and Against Me! fan Sam Inglot

by Sam Inglot
There are a few things you need to know about me. First off, I do not have any interest in following or paying attention to figures in the entertainment industry, I prefer to wear black and I’m obsessed with politics.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A decade of ‘disinvesting’

Michigan Municipal League announces legislative priorities for 2013, wants more investment in local government

by Sam Inglot
Monday, March 18 — Officials with the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for local governments, say the governor and state Legislature need to reverse a decade-long trend of disinvesting in local governments.
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Friday, March 15,2013

On LSD

Lansing School Board wants to avoid a Niowave-like situation as it considers selling excess property

by Sam Inglot
Friday, March 15 — A medical laboratory has offered to buy a vacant school building from the Lansing School District. As the school board discussed the sale at a work session Thursday night, some members wanted to make sure the company wouldn't expand on the site with an unsightly addition like Niowave Inc. did in the Walnut Neighborhood.
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Thursday, March 14,2013

Financial Health Team wraps up work

Long-term, regional recommendations approved

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 14 — The city’s mayoral-appointed Financial Health Team has approved recommendations to alter city employee health care and pension systems and significantly change the way some city services are provided in an effort to stop chronic budget deficits. One suggests looking at selling City Hall.
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