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“It’s not fun working for the city of Lansing if you’re an African American,” plaintiffs' lawyer says more
Nine Black current and former city of Lansing employees have sued the city, the mayor, the firefighters’ union and others for racial discimination and race-based retaliation. more
No statewide ballot questions? No competitive statewide political race? Very few compelling races anywhere? No matter. A record 2.2 million Michiganders voted in last week’s primary. more
A plan to reallocate millions of dollars from the Lansing Police Department to social services faces an uphill struggle as both city officials and local activists push back against the concept. more
Voters on the east side are pretty much everywhere on the social spectrum, and by a 52-vote margin this time they went with a chicken farmer. more
As we approach the November election, one thing is crystal clear: Access to quality, affordable health care is a top priority for Michigan voters. more
The Lansing City Council Monday began consideration of an ordinance to allow free overnight parking, which is banned from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. That would also end the permit system for overnight parking that was instituted last March. A hearing is set for Aug. 24. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is facing a backlash, particularly within the Black community, over a recent campaign fundraising letter that states those challenging him for reelection in 2021 are “using” George Floyd’s death and COVID-19 to “tear down Lansing’s progress.” more
East Lansing residents experiencing financial hardships tied to the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to apply for emergency rent and mortgage assistance. more
An outdoor dining area in downtown East Lansing is closed as city officials reopen Albert Avenue to vehicle traffic today and students prepare a return to Michigan State University. more
Even a global pandemic won’t be stopping Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s 20th annual senior activities fair later this month. It’ll just look a bit different this year. more
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership announced today it received 1,640 eligible applications for $1.59 million in grants through LEAP’s new Small Business Restart Program. more
Ingham Community Health Centers Board of Directors wants to hear your experiences about racial equity, racial inequity and healthcare access barriers. more
The Lansing Police Department is looking to hold itself to higher standards as it continues to review policies and procedures on police accountability. The next step: accreditation from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, officials announced today. more
City Councilman Brandon Betz raised eyebrows last night (and possibly broke federal discrimination laws) after he asked an older woman for her age before voting against her appointment to the Board of Commissioners at the Lansing Board of Water & Light. more
An ordinance that bans residents from parking overnight on city streets without a paid permit could be erased as the Lansing City Council looks to dismantle a paid permit system launched this year and to open up local streets for free parking from 2 to 5 a.m. more
The “Pray on MLK” movement — a project coordinated by the Civil Righteousness nonprofit based in Ferguson, Missouri — will host a peaceful, silent prayer demonstration on Saturday evening in Lansing from 6:01-8:01 p.m. at Kingdom Life Church, at 4303 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. more
A medical pot shop in Lansing was forced to pull some joints from its shelves today after state officials said they could have been contaminated at a facility in Bay City. more
A marijuana entrepreneur who was locked up for pot is using his now legal business to give back to others who have been harmed by cannabis prohibition. more
A new study from Michigan State University shows the earnings of Black workers have fallen while earnings of white workers have increased across much of the country. more
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