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Byrum’s letter charges that Louney had repeatedly used his county email address to disseminate campaign literature. Byrum emphasized that taxpayers fund Louney’s office — and his email — as a county commissioner. Byrum labeled Louney’s missteps “personally offensive” and “clearly illegal. more
The head librarian of Capital Area District Libraries’ Webberville branch for years has watched as curious schoolchildren roamed inside, anxious to check out another book or to log onto the nearest computer and catch up on homework. Libraries are important to any community, she said. more
The average driver can expect to tack a few thousand miles to the odometer each year before they eventually need a replacement. But the Rocket V8 humming under the jail’s metaphorical hood has been chugging along — without interruption — for more than 50 years. more
“The basic constraint that we’re under is the city is broke,” said Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann. “This is the only place left to go find those dollars. Everything else has been cut to the bone. There’s a certain set of essential functions that we can’t cut but we’ve already cut all our departments as far as we can possibly cut them. more
Let Lansing Vote abruptly dropped its lawsuit against City Clerk Chris Swope last week, effectively halting a year-long case that sought to revamp the state capital’s marijuana market and force city officials to revisit rules that regulate the industry. more
Inspired by presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and fueled by an idealistic generation frustrated by the wealth amassed by large corporations, today’s version of left-wing politics is an aggressive, uncompromising, in-your-face movement that will get its first taste of electoral success or failure in the next month’s primary. more
County Commissioner Dennis Louney, who represents the east side of Lansing, raised a motion in the finance committee earlier this year to approve $2.25 million in bonds for the Ferley Consolidated Drain Maintenance and Improvement Project, according to minutes posted online. more
It’s a hard pill to swallow for avid trail users, but the work has never been more sorely needed. Nearly four years after Ingham County voters approved a Parks and Trails millage that brings in $3.4 million a year, the Lansing River Trail is still falling apart. more
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 — With no explanation, Let Lansing Vote abruptly opted to drop its lawsuit against City Clerk Chris Swope, effectively halting a year-long case that sought to revamp the state capital’s marijuana market and force city officials to revisit rules that regulate the industry. And it won’t be able to return, officials said. more
City officials argued he does in an ongoing lawsuit that threatens to upend Lansing’s medical marijuana industry, potentially forcing all of the city’s pot shops to close as early as later this month. And an important ruling expected from Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo could resolve the case next week. more
Binni’s Bar and Grill — tucked into an unkept plaza at the corner of Washington Avenue and Miller Road in south Lansing— is likely to go unnoticed to the average daytime passerby. There’s no flashy signage; nothing to advertise happy-hour drinks. Yelpers have yet to recognize its quiet existence near the Hilliard Drain with a single review. more
Chelsey Barron, a local provisioning center applicant and would-be owner at GotMeds, earlier this year was disheartened to learn she didn’t make the cut for a limited number of dispensary licenses available under the city’s complex selection process. That’s when her husband, Mike Barron, got involved, he said. more
And Smith isn’t shy about highlighting those, too, as he swims upstream against a candidate generating attention from Newsweek, NBC News and other national news outlets. The same candidate who is racking up endorsements from organized labor, Planned Parenthood and other traditional Democratic interest groups. more
The City Council on Monday unanimously greenlighted the Red Cedar redevelopment project — often labeled the Red Cedar Renaissance or the “Gateway to Lansing” — for a public hearing early next month. The vote ticks the massive undertaking a step closer to reality, but developers aren’t ready to break ground just yet. more
In the last half of June, visitors to the Potter Park Zoo and passersby on the Lansing River Trail got an eerie feeling near the parking lot pay booth. The expansive parkland north of the booth somehow feels wrong, but it takes a few seconds to realize what is happening. more
As the large-scale construction in downtown East Lansing has shifted the city’ s cultural events to the intersection of Bailey and Albert streets, the collection of artistic fence panels installed there have enjoyed increased attention. more
The fight over the separation of refugee families at the United States border is part of a bigger picture that has Lansing-area refugee support workers deeply concerned: the sharpest drop in refugee resettlement, nationwide and in greater Lansing, in half a century. more
“We’ll be burning them using a centuries-old Japanese method called ‘Shou Sugi Ban,’ which literally translated means burn cedar board,” Fowler said. “Burning the boards helps preserve them, makes them water-resistant and gives them a dark color that can maintain the heat. more
Even without such documentation, one need only look at the river rock walls to conclude that it predates the modern building above. The foundation most likely served as the original lower level to the barn, where the sloped site accommodated farm animals below, while hay was stored above. more
More than 120 Larry Nassar survivors are urging the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to can interim President John Engler for suggesting in a private email during the height of settlement negotiations that survivor Rachael Denhollander was getting kickbacks from her attorney. more
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