lansing http://michiganradio.org en Israeli and Palestinian supporters demonstrate in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/israeli-and-palestinian-supporters-demonstrate-michigan <div align="left"><p>Several thousand people turned out Wednesday night at a Southfield synagogue to show support for Israel in its current conflict in Gaza.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We stand with Israel,” shouted one speaker. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The overflow crowd cheered for local people with family members serving in the Israeli army in Gaza.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speakers blamed Hamas for the conflict, which has cost nearly a thousand lives in the past few weeks.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:54:39 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18491 at http://michiganradio.org Israeli and Palestinian supporters demonstrate in Michigan Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-groups-coming-together-improve-lives-young-people-color <p>The city of Lansing is <a href="https://file:///C:/Users/SGCarmod/Downloads/MY_Lansing_June_24_2014_Final%20(1).pdf">launching an effort</a> to coordinate programs aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially children of color.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the community must work together to provide better opportunities for children and young adults.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18144 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color Utility regulators say the Lansing Board of Water & Light was not prepared for December ice storm http://michiganradio.org/post/utility-regulators-say-lansing-board-water-light-was-not-prepared-december-ice-storm <p>State utility regulators are the latest to give Lansing’s city electric utility poor marks for how it handled a massive ice storm in December.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/bwlreport_457837_7.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Public Service Commission says</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light was not prepared for the Dec. 21 ice storm that knocked out power to about 40,000 </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> customers. Many customers had to wait 10 days or more to get their electricity restored.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>MPSC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> report echoes the findings of </span><a href="http://www.lbwl.com/outagereport/" style="line-height: 1.5;">BWL’s own internal review </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and </span><a href="http://media.mlive.com/lansing-news/other/CRT%20Report_May%205_FINAL%20PDF.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a panel appointed by Lansing’s mayor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Among other things, the </span>MPSC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs to improve its tree trimming and communications programs. The public service commission does not regulate </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, so its findings are little more than recommendations for change.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing Mayor </span>Virg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bernero<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asked for the state review. He says the three reports will provide a “road map” for </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to be a more reliable energy provider.</span></p><p>BWL’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> general manager issued a statement saying the utility has “already begun implementing many of the improvements recommended by the MPSC.”</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17809 at http://michiganradio.org Utility regulators say the Lansing Board of Water & Light was not prepared for December ice storm U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-may-pave-way-lansing-casino <p>A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week may pave the way for casino gambling in Michigan’s capitol city.</p><p></p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says a $245 million casino project has been “cleared for takeoff” by the high court’s decision in a different casino case.</p><p></p><p>State officials sued to close an off-reservation casino opened by the Bay Mills tribe. But the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday ruled against the state of Michigan, saying the tribe has sovereign immunity.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17770 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino Lansing City Council passes city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-passes-city-budget <p>The Lansing City Council signed off on next year’s budget last night.</p><p></p><p>The only controversial part of the budget centered on moving the bulk of the city’s police department from Lansing’s north side to the south side.</p><p></p><p>Many north-side residents worry moving the patrol and investigative units will bring more crime to their neighborhoods.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski insists police officers will remain highly visible in north side neighborhoods.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 03:22:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 17666 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing City Council passes city budget Lansing school district privatizing bus service http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-district-privatizing-bus-service <p>Five thousand Lansing school students will be riding buses operated by a private company this fall.</p><p></p><p>The school board voted last night to privatize its bus system. Dean Transportation currently provides bus service to a consortium of Ingham County school districts.</p><p></p><p>When the Lansing School Board tabled a proposal to privatize its bus service in January, the issue seemed to be put on the back burner until next year.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 03:36:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 17633 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate votes to use tobacco taxes for Capitol and governor's mansion http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-votes-use-tobacco-taxes-capitol-and-governors-mansion <div><p>LANSING&nbsp;– Yearly funding for building maintenance on the Michigan Capitol and the governor's Lansing residence has passed the state Senate.</p><p>The legislation unanimously approved Wednesday would redistribute revenue from taxes on cigarettes. It allocates $3 million to the Capitol fund and between $50,000 and $200,000 to the official residence.</p><p>The money comes from the state's general fund and would be adjusted for inflation each year.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17420 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate votes to use tobacco taxes for Capitol and governor's mansion Lansing Police Department moving to temporary home http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-police-department-moving-temporary-home <p>The bulk of the Lansing Police Department will move into a temporary home this summer.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero announced today the city will spend about $1 million to renovate and lease part of the Hill Center on the city’s south side.</p><p></p><p>The city’s current lease at the Motor Wheel complex on the city’s north side expires in August. Lansing has leased that space for more than a decade.</p><p></p><p>The new lease is only for four years.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:59:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 17318 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Police Department moving to temporary home All the cuts to news gathering should scare us http://michiganradio.org/post/all-cuts-news-gathering-should-scare-us <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Newspapers, even big-city newspapers, are in a sorry state these days.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Thanks largely to the Internet, their circulation and advertising revenue has been in free fall, with the result that they have far less staff than they once did.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There are also fewer papers than there used to be.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Washtenaw County, outside of Ann Arbor, is home to a collection of fascinating and picturesque little towns like Manchester, Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea. Each had its own thriving weekly newspaper: T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he Saline Reporter, Dexter Leader, and Chelsea Standard.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Years ago I did some consulting for the local company that owned those papers and learned that no matter how physically close these places might be, the good people of Chelsea did not want Dexter news in their paper, and vice-versa.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Times are different now.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:47:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16996 at http://michiganradio.org All the cuts to news gathering should scare us Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-lays-out-balanced-city-budget <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says after nine years of deep budget cuts, the capitol city finally is entering a new fiscal year with a balanced budget.</p><p>Bernero unveiled his proposed city budget for next year last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero credits an uptick in property and city income tax revenues for the city’s improved budget picture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During&nbsp;the last nine years, the city of Lansing has trimmed its workforce by more than 30% and won contract concessions from its unions.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:21:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 16954 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget More state Capitol security, no metal detectors http://michiganradio.org/post/more-state-capitol-security-no-metal-detectors <div>LANSING – Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303150015">The Detroit Free Press says </a>state police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Capt. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:37:39 +0000 Associated Press 16867 at http://michiganradio.org More state Capitol security, no metal detectors GM plans to expand in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-plans-expand-lansing <p>General Motors plans to spend $162-million to expand its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.</p><p></p><p>The plant produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS.</p><p></p><p>Monday night the Lansing city council will consider calling public hearings on a set of tax incentives for the expansion.</p><p></p><p>“It’s a welcome addition,” says Bob Trezise, the president of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, “It really continues to consolidate the future of auto making, high end car making in the Lansing region and in the state of Michigan.”</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 16780 at http://michiganradio.org GM plans to expand in Lansing Lansing's mayor to city homeowners and businessmen: Shovel snow off your sidewalks http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-city-homeowners-and-businessmen-shovel-snow-your-sidewalks <p>The city of Lansing is stepping up enforcement of its snow removal ordinance.</p><p></p><p>About 5% of Lansing sidewalks, roughly 22 miles, are still covered in snow in violation of city ordinance</p><p></p><p>Beginning today, Lansing police officers are ticketing homeowners and businesses that haven’t shoveled their sidewalks clean of snow.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says this is a safety issue for school children and the elderly.</p><p></p><p>“This winter….these difficult winter conditions are harder on nobody more than the walker,” says Bernero.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:54:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 16733 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor to city homeowners and businessmen: Shovel snow off your sidewalks Faulty communication system partly blamed for confusion after December ice storm http://michiganradio.org/post/faulty-communication-system-partly-blamed-confusion-after-december-ice-storm <p><a href="http://www.lbwl.com/outagereport/">An internal report</a> finds a key communication system that failed during December’s ice storm had been malfunctioning for months before the storm.</p><p></p><p>The Lansing Board of Water and Light released the findings of an internal review of its response to the storm last night. &nbsp;More than 35,000&nbsp;BWL customers lost power, some for as long as 10 days.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:39:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 16504 at http://michiganradio.org Faulty communication system partly blamed for confusion after December ice storm BWL to release findings of internal probe into ice storm response http://michiganradio.org/post/bwl-release-findings-internal-probe-ice-storm-response <p>The panel that oversees the Lansing Board of Water and Light this evening will review the findings of a "top-to-bottom" internal probe of the utility’s response to a devastating December ice storm.</p><p></p><p>The Dec. 22 ice storm knocked out electricity to more than 35,000 BWL customers. It took the utility more than a week to get the lights back on.</p><p></p><p>Customers complain the utility was slow to respond to the outage, and even slower to respond to their telephone calls.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16482 at http://michiganradio.org BWL to release findings of internal probe into ice storm response As the ice and snow melts, we'll find out what lies beneath http://michiganradio.org/post/ice-and-snow-melts-well-find-out-what-lies-beneath <p>Temperatures are expected to hit 40 degrees in the coming week in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The warm up should begin to melt off some of the snow that has built up over the past few months.</p><p></p><p>But the melting snow is also expected to reveal mounds of fallen tree branches, discarded Christmas trees and garbage that has been entombed in mounds of snow and ice since December.</p><p></p><p>Paul Dykema is the assistant superintendent in the city of Lansing’s Public Service Department.&nbsp; He says cleaning that mess up will take some time.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16454 at http://michiganradio.org As the ice and snow melts, we'll find out what lies beneath Lansing city leaders look forward to working on a 'balanced' budget for a change http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-leaders-look-forward-working-balanced-budget-change <p>For the first time in a decade, Lansing leaders will be working this year on a city budget without having to consider millions of dollars in cuts.</p><p></p><p>Declining tax revenues have forced Lansing city government to shrink during the past decade.</p><p></p><p>The capitol city has eliminated about a third of its city workforce.</p><p></p><p>But on Thursday, Mayor Virg Bernero announced that next year’s city budget is projected to be balanced.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16270 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city leaders look forward to working on a 'balanced' budget for a change Bernero: The state of the city of Lansing is strong. The state of the city's roads not so good. http://michiganradio.org/post/bernero-state-city-lansing-strong-state-citys-roads-not-so-good <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero used his State of the City speech Thursday to make a pitch for state funding to repair local roads.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the city of Lansing plans to spend three million dollars this year to repair pot hole covered roads in the capitol city.&nbsp;</p><p>But the mayor says the city would have to spend five times that much each year for a decade to fix all of Lansing’s road problems.</p><p>In his speech, Bernero called on state lawmakers to use part of the state’s billion dollar budget surplus to help repair local roads across Michigan.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:56:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 16256 at http://michiganradio.org Bernero: The state of the city of Lansing is strong. The state of the city's roads not so good. Bitter cold forcing Michigan homeless to seek shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/bitter-cold-forcing-michigan-homeless-seek-shelter <p>Life-threatening wind chills are keeping Michigan's homeless shelters full. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he shelters have been at or above capacity for roughly two months.</span></p><p></p><p>Darin Estep is the director of community engagement for <a href="http://www.voami.org/">Volunteers of America</a> in Lansing. He says the ongoing cold is taking a toll.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:07:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 16199 at http://michiganradio.org Bitter cold forcing Michigan homeless to seek shelter After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/after-cutting-arts-teachers-schools-adjust-new-normal-lansing <p></p><p>Last year, Lansing public school officials laid off all their elementary art and music teachers.</p><p>The move got national attention from outraged educators and arts groups.</p><p>Now, almost a year after the layoffs were announced, Lansing students and teachers are getting used to the new normal.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:07:31 +0000 Kate Wells 16185 at http://michiganradio.org After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing