lansing http://michiganradio.org en 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 Lansing school buses won't be privatized http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-buses-wont-be-privatized <p>The Lansing school district will continue to operate its own buses next year.</p><p></p><p>The school board decided Thursday not to go with a private bus company.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say privatizing the bus service would save the Lansing school district $5 million over the next five years, primarily because the district would not have to replace much of its aging bus fleet.</p><p></p><p>But school board president Peter Spadafore says now is not the time to privatize the bus service serving thousands of capital city school children.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:30:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16162 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school buses won't be privatized Lansing BWL officials face critics of last month's major power outage response http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-bwl-officials-face-critics-last-months-major-power-outage-response <p>Lansing Board of Water and Light officials are defending their heavily criticized response to last month’s major power outage.</p><p>BWL customers like Alice Dreger are livid over having to wait more than a week for their power to be turned back on.</p><p>"Let me tell you, when you have live wires down for nine to 12 days, safety is not job one,” Dreger told a packed meeting last night at BWL’s headquarters.</p><p>But a majority of those taking the podium praised the work of BWL employees. Most were BWL employees and officials, though a few were BWL customers.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:10:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 15927 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing BWL officials face critics of last month's major power outage response Lansing BWL officials to discuss what went wrong after December's ice storm http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-bwl-officials-discuss-what-went-wrong-after-decembers-ice-storm <p>In the midst of the current weather crisis, Lansing utility officials plan to spend time tonight trying to figure out what went wrong during the last weather crisis in the capitol city.</p><p></p><p>Two weeks ago, an ice storm knocked out power to 40% of Lansing Board of Water and Light customers.</p><p></p><p>Many customers grew very angry as they waited for more than a week to get their electricity turned back on. That anger only grew worse when it was learned that the man in charge of the city’s utility left town during the outage to spend time with his family in New York.</p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15910 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing BWL officials to discuss what went wrong after December's ice storm Cold snap causing health problems in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/cold-snap-causing-health-problems-michigan <p>Michigan hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers are seeing patients who’ve been injured during this cold snap.</p><p></p><p>Dr. Scott Lazzara is an urgent care physician at McLaren Greater Lansing. &nbsp;He says he’s seen a lot of slip and falls.</p><p></p><p>“We’re seeing a lot of people who are falling, breaking their wrist, hurting their back, spraining their ankles,” says Lazzara.</p><p></p><p>Lazzara says people are so bundled up to fight the cold their vision is impaired and they're less able to avoid slipping and falling.</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:17:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 15904 at http://michiganradio.org Cold snap causing health problems in Michigan Michigan digging out as arctic blast sends temps falling http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-digging-out-arctic-blast-sends-temps-falling <p>As Michigan descends into an arctic freeze, many cities and towns are struggling to clean up after Sunday’s big snowstorm.</p><p>“It’s just too dangerous for city residents to be outdoors,” Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told reporters at a news conference today.</p><p>Bernero said many residential streets in Lansing are “impassable.”</p><p>“As we all remember from the 2011 storm, it takes a minimum of a couple days to clear all 440 miles of roads in the city,” Bernero said. “It will take at least a couple days this time as well. So we ask city residents to please be patient. Be safe.”</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:25:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 15894 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan digging out as arctic blast sends temps falling Head of Lansing public utility says he's sorry, but he won't resign http://michiganradio.org/post/head-lansing-public-utility-says-hes-sorry-he-wont-resign <p>The head of Lansing’s public utility says he won’t resign in the wake of a major ice storm that left hundreds of thousands of people in the dark over the holidays. J. Peter Lark, the general manager of Lansing Board of Water and Light issued this statement Thursday.</p><blockquote><p>As has been reported by some media outlets, I with my wife, traveled to New York to visit my son last week.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:40:45 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15862 at http://michiganradio.org Head of Lansing public utility says he's sorry, but he won't resign Lansing public utility says it has restored power to entire service area, with a few exceptions http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-public-utility-says-it-has-restored-power-entire-service-area-few-exceptions <p>Lansing’s public utility says it has restored power to its entire service area. But on the utility’s facebook and twitter feeds, there are more than a dozen people claiming they still don’t have power.</p><p>A week and a half after a massive ice storm wiped out power to almost half Lansing’s customers, the public utility claims it has finally restored power to all but some single customers and possibly pockets of streets.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 17:46:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15854 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing public utility says it has restored power to entire service area, with a few exceptions Lack of power, freezing temperatures taking a toll on many Michigan families http://michiganradio.org/post/lack-power-freezing-temperatures-taking-toll-many-michigan-families <p>There are still an estimated 29,300 customers without power in Michigan today (Saturday) after a major ice storm last weekend. The lack of power and freezing temperatures are beginning to take their toll on many families.</p><p>Sara Scott, her husband and their three-year-old son have been staying at her in-laws since Monday. She says her husband is worried that the pipes are going to freeze or that someone’s going to break into their home in Lansing. Plus, she’s two months pregnant.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:27:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15839 at http://michiganradio.org Lack of power, freezing temperatures taking a toll on many Michigan families