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Agency officials agreed improvements are needed, but in their response to the report disagreed that a “prominent relationship” exists between documenting a clearance on the registry, which lists previous perpetrators of abuse and neglect, and assessing family history and child safety. more
A $100 million mixed-use development is headed to Lansing Township, despite concerns from local residents, following the sale of the former Waverly Golf Course and Michigan Avenue Park. more
A retail store for salvaged building materials could move into one of the more iconic historical sites in downtown Lansing. The plan only needs approval from the City Council to become a reality. more
Local medical marijuana dispensaries originally pegged to close by the weekend will receive at least a temporary reprieve following a state judge’s order that allows them to remain in business. more
Beitler wants to renovate City Hall into a ritzy hotel that would cater to regional convention crowds. Developer Pat Gillespie’s latest plans along Michigan Avenue didn’t change his mind, but Beitler urged officials to move quickly or miss the opportunity. more
It already has. Blueprints for the first downtown hotel to be constructed in decades — along with dozens of apartments and a grocery store to anchor the project — will require an investment he estimated will tally up to $40 million. The project required his company to purchase nearly an entire city block before the plans could even be announced. more
When U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Detroit resigned amid scandal last December, he had served in the House of Representatives for 52 years, 336 days — longer than all but two members in history. Only Michigan’s John Dingell and Mississippi’s Jamie Whitten had longer House careers. more
The board on Monday granted preliminary approval to nine medical marijuana-related business ventures around the state, including pre-qualification for a growing operation along Turner Road in Lansing under the name R&A Distributing LLC. more
We received several correct and incorrect guesses regarding last month’s Eye for Design, and Bryan Kurtz of Laingsburg provided one of each. But he was the first person to locate correctly the limestone detail over the main entrance at the Michigan State University Student Union (below). more
Voters age 18-29 made up 6.77 percent of the universe of voting Michiganders on Aug. 7, a higher percentage than Michigan has seen since at least 1998. But it’s the raw numbers of voters that struck Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consultants in Lansing. more
Every remaining medical marijuana dispensary within the city of Lansing could be forced to close Saturday as continued licensing delays grind the industry to an unexpected halt. more
Dozens of local entrepreneurs could push their wares into the hands of millions worldwide this week following the launch of an ongoing partnership between eBay and the city of Lansing. more
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 — A three-day sale aims to offer discounts at shops around downtown East Lansing. Local retailers from Sept. 13-16 will offer sales and specials both along sidewalks and inside th more
Medical marijuana businesses caught up in a complex licensing structure will likely have more time to continue business as usual as officials look to extend a deadline surrounding their regulation. more
A 56-year-old man could soon face a criminal prowling charge after authorities said he was caught “peeping” into local neighborhood windows before he was picked up on unrelated traffic violations. more
Looking for volunteer opportunities? The city of Lansing, along with a host of other local nonprofit community organizations, has you covered. more
An Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grant could fund just shy of half the cost to begin the first phase of renovations, easing the financial weight of the city’s first steps into the multi-million dollar undertaking. The only snag: If the National Park Service likes the idea, the city needs to pay nearly $1 million to make it work. more
Merry Stanford, president of Friends of Ormond Park, said her group is urging action for the “negative impacts” caused when the city last year paved a two-lane roadway through the middle of the narrow parkway, replacing dozens of trees and playground equipment with a driveway to Groesbeck Golf Course. more
A group of students and alumni — billing themselves as “Pissed Off MSU” — last week printed more than 600 pamphlets they’re calling the “Disorientation Guide.” The booklets outline a history of rebellion and student resistance, and organizers want to ensure the largest freshman class in university history keeps up the fight. more
At the time, the Livingston County Republican was eyeing the 8th congressional seat, home of Michigan State University. The swing seat was being vacated by Democrat Debbie Stabenow to run for the Senate, and the Republican-controlled Legislature thought Rogers could win it, as Dick Chrysler did a few years earlier. more
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