east lansing http://michiganradio.org en Michigan bars score with World Cup http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bars-score-world-cup <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Team USA lost to Germany today at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.fifa.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the World Cup</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Brazil. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Michigan sports bars are counting themselves as winners.</span></p><p></p><p>Since the global soccer tournament began, sports bars have been very busy.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Business at Peppinos in East Lansing usually slows in June as the college crowd thins. But not this year.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:21:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 18175 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan bars score with World Cup Tests planned for workers after mercury spill in East Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/tests-planned-workers-after-mercury-spill-east-lansing <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - East Lansing has arranged for wastewater treatment plant employees to be tested for mercury poisoning after a November spill was disclosed last week.</p><p><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20140324/NEWS01/303240063/East-Lansing-water-treatment-plant-workers-tested-mercury-poisoning">The Lansing State Journal reports</a> the city is investigating how the spill occurred and why it wasn't immediately reported. Public Works Director Todd Sneathen says he interviewed workers Monday and arranged for tests for as many as 16.</p><p>The state says a call to a pollution tip line reported at least 1.5 pounds of mercury spilled.</p><p>Sneathen says the city learned of the spill on Thursday when a group of plant workers came forward and requested a meeting.</p><p>Sneathen says workers used a vacuum to clean up the spill.</p><p>Jim Wilson, Ingham County's environmental health director, says officials found high levels of mercury inside the vacuum.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:07:09 +0000 The Associated Press 16957 at http://michiganradio.org Tests planned for workers after mercury spill in East Lansing President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-michigan-state-university <p>About 500 people packed a Michigan State University campus hall Friday to witness President Barack Obama sign the new federal farm bill.</p><p></p><p>The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Rick Pluta & Jake Neher 16359 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University President Obama will visit East Lansing next week http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-visit-east-lansing-next-week <p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140131/METRO08/301310129/1361/Obama-to-visit-East-Lansing-Friday-for-event-on-economy">President Obama</a> will pay his first visit to Michigan in 14 months.</p><p>The White House will release details next week on the president's scheduled <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_195910797" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Friday</span></span> visit to East Lansing.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:47:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 16269 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will visit East Lansing next week Former Lansing city golf course closer to becoming a multi-million dollar development http://michiganradio.org/post/former-lansing-city-golf-course-closer-becoming-multi-million-dollar-development <p>A<a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2013/12/red_cedar_renaissance_partners.html"> $100 million mixed-use economic development project</a> in Lansing is getting a boost from an Ohio developer.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2012/11/expanded_redevelopment_plans_f.html">Voters in Lansing approved putting the old Red Cedar park on the market</a>. The plan has been to create a mix of residential, retail and other commercial space on the land which sits on the border of Lansing and East Lansing.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15693 at http://michiganradio.org Former Lansing city golf course closer to becoming a multi-million dollar development Michigan State fans get rowdy after Big Ten title win http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-fans-get-rowdy-after-big-ten-title-win <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Thousands of Michigan State students have celebrated the football team's Big Ten title with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNTy-86LPoE">large, rowdy bonfires.</a><br /><br />East Lansing police arrested multiple people Saturday night near River and Cedar streets, which is a traditional spot for MSU students to party after major sports victories. No. 10 MSU defeated No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 late Saturday, earning its first Rose Bowl appearance in a quarter-century.<br /> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:33:17 +0000 The Associated Press 15597 at http://michiganradio.org East Lansing's Broad Art Museum marks first year http://michiganradio.org/post/east-lansings-broad-art-museum-marks-first-year <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More than 114,000 people visited the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing in its first year.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013311070056&amp;nclick_check=1">The Lansing State Journal reports</a> that the museum recently held a celebration to thank donors, leaders of Michigan State University, where the museum is located, and staff members.<br /> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 21:41:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15207 at http://michiganradio.org MSU alumnus plans to show off his private art collection to the public for free http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-alumnus-plans-show-his-private-art-collection-public-free <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years Eli Broad has said he wants to make his vast, collection of contemporary art accessible to the largest number of people possible.<br><br>What better way to do that, the billionaire philanthropist said Tuesday, than to make admission free to the $140 million museum he's building in downtown Los Angeles.<br><br>When it opens next year, Broad said during a hard-hat tour of the half-completed building, people will be able to walk in and view works by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and scores of others without paying a cent.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 01:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14488 at http://michiganradio.org MSU alumnus plans to show off his private art collection to the public for free East Lansing exhibit marks 1938 Michigan recording tour http://michiganradio.org/post/east-lansing-exhibit-marks-1938-michigan-recording-tour <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing on Sunday will be the first stop of a traveling exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of a song collecting tour through the Upper Midwest.<br><br>The Lansing State Journal reports that it commemorates a trip that began in Detroit on Aug. 1, 1938, by 23-year-old Alan Lomax. He carried a recorder and movie camera to gather folk music. Lomax was in charge of the Library of Congress's Archive of American Folk-Song.<br> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:05:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13925 at http://michiganradio.org East Lansing exhibit marks 1938 Michigan recording tour Michigan State University hosting the World Dwarf Games beginning Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-hosting-world-dwarf-games-beginning-saturday <p>Michigan State University is hosting the quadrennial World Dwarf Games.</p><p></p><p>The Olympics-style athletic event is drawing more than 400 athletes from 17 countries.</p><p></p><p>Mike Cekanor is with the Dwarf Athletic Association of America. He says the games are a great showcase for dwarf athletes.</p><p></p><p>“I think in a lot of ways at times are athletes are overlooked,” says Cekanor, “But at the same time, I think when folks really get to know and appreciate what&nbsp;our athletes are capable of that they are very well respected.”</p><p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 04:33:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13782 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University hosting the World Dwarf Games beginning Saturday Metro Lansing fire departments plan to work more closely together http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-lansing-fire-departments-plan-work-more-closely-together <p>Lansing is joining with five of its neighbors to create something close to a regional fire department.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire departments in Lansing, East Lansing, Delhi Township, Lansing Township, Meridian Township and Delta Township have signed "shared service" agreements.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreements, the closest fire station will respond to local emergencies, whether the emergency is in their town or not. Under existing "mutual aid" agreements, the outside fire department has to be asked to respond.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:14:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 12971 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Lansing fire departments plan to work more closely together Commission puts brakes on money for expanded bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport http://michiganradio.org/post/commission-puts-brakes-money-expanded-bus-service-between-lansing-and-detroit-metro-airport <P>A federal grant to expand bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport is stalled.</P> <P></P> <P>The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission split nine to nine on authorizing a $600,000 grant to help the Michigan Flyer expand its daily trips from eight to twelve.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The commissioner with the potential tie-breaking vote did not attend Wednesday night’s meeting.</P> <P></P> <P>State and federal transportation agencies have already approved the grant, which would essentially help offset the costs for the first few months of the added service between East Lansing an Thu, 30 May 2013 03:19:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 12802 at http://michiganradio.org Commission puts brakes on money for expanded bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport The East Lansing Art Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/east-lansing-art-festival-celebrates-its-50th-anniversary-weekend <p>Up to 70 thousand people are expected to attend this weekend’s East Lansing Art Festival.</p><p></p><p>The festival marks its 50th anniversary this year. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The festival started back in the mid-1960’s, when a group of local artists simply wanted to hold a small show along Grand River Avenue.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s grown a lot since then.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Corinn Van Wyck is the festival’s director. &nbsp;&nbsp;She says organizers try to focus on the quality of art, not just quantity.</p><p></p> Sat, 18 May 2013 16:04:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12625 at http://michiganradio.org The East Lansing Art Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend Improving fire protection in Ingham County by working closer together http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-fire-protection-ingham-county-working-closer-together <p>Several Ingham County communities have taken a step toward creating a regional fire department.</p><p></p><p>Lansing, East Lansing and four other communities signed an agreement to begin implementing the first phase of the <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/Home/Departments/Fire/SharedServicesFireStudy/">“Shared Services” plan.</a></p><p></p><p>Randall Talifarro is Lansing and East Lansing’s fire chief. He says getting local fire departments to work more closely together will improve fire protection to nearly 300 thousand Ingham County residents.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9197 at http://michiganradio.org Improving fire protection in Ingham County by working closer together East Lansing moves on from City Center II http://michiganradio.org/post/east-lansing-moves-city-center-ii <p>East Lansing city leaders are trying to decide what to do now that the city has decided to drop plans for a $105 million development project downtown.&nbsp; Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:00:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 8049 at http://michiganradio.org East Lansing moves on from City Center II East Lansing Art Festival takes to the streets despite construction http://michiganradio.org/post/east-lansing-art-festival-takes-streets-despite-construction <p>The East Lansing Art Festival is kicking off Michigan&#39;s outdoor festival season this weekend. Corinn VanWyck is the festival organizer. She says there have been a few changes to this year&#39;s festival because of construction going on in the downtown area.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ve had to move the festival, slightly shifting it to the west and the north, so that has changed the footprint a little bit,&quot; she says.</p><p>Road closures can be found on the <a href="http://mdotnetpublic.state.mi.us/drive/Default.aspx#1">Michigan Department of Transportation&#39;s website</a>.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7515 at http://michiganradio.org East Lansing Art Festival takes to the streets despite construction East Lansing tackles major economic development project http://michiganradio.org/post/east-lansing-tackles-major-economic-development-project <p>A long stalled economic development project in East Lansing may get a push forward tonight.</p><p>The &ldquo;City Center II&rdquo; project has been in development for more than a decade.</p><p>This evening, the East Lansing City Council may decide to approve a pre-development agreement.&nbsp; The agreement would set in motion a review of the $105 million project&rsquo;s finances.</p><p>Mayor Diane Godeeris likes the development plan that calls for a hotel, theater and additional retail space in downtown East Lansing.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to look at this comprehensively,&quot; says Godeeris, &quot;and (we) hope that we can have something that&rsquo;s new and exciting down there.&nbsp;&nbsp; But (we) want to make sure the risk to the city is minimal as possible.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Godeeris says it would probably take several years for the &lsquo;City Center II&rdquo; project to become a reality, if the project&rsquo;s financing backing eventually wins the city council&rsquo;s approval. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6883 at http://michiganradio.org East Lansing tackles major economic development project Finding full federal funding for FRIB http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-full-federal-funding-frib <p>Michigan State University officials are stepping up their efforts to convince&nbsp;Congress to fully fund a major <a href="http://frib.msu.edu/about">scientific project on the East Lansing campus.</a></p><p>MSU was expecting the federal government to provide 52 million dollars for the next construction phase of the<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FRIB"> &lsquo;Facility for Rare Isotope Beams&rsquo;,</a> or &lsquo;FRIB&rsquo; for&nbsp;short.&nbsp; But the Obama administration is only budgeting $22 million.&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Burnham is an MSU&nbsp;vice president for government affairs.&nbsp; He says university officials are talking with influential members of Michigan&rsquo;s congressional delegation&nbsp;, including the chairman of committee that control federal spending on&nbsp;technology.</p><p>&quot;We have other members who are key important members of Congress, in both the House and the Senate, and so we want to make sure we&rsquo;re working through the entire delegation,&quot; says Burnham.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Today,&nbsp;a state senate committee passed a resolution encouraging&nbsp;Congress to fully fund the FRIB project. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 6627 at http://michiganradio.org Finding full federal funding for FRIB Charles Darwin - Rock Star? http://michiganradio.org/post/charles-darwin-rock-star <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Michigan State University wants the world to know that evolution science pioneer Charles Darwin was a rock star first.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The MSU Museum on Sunday afternoon presents its annual Darwin Discovery Day and this year&#39;s theme is &quot;Darwin rocks!&quot; It also marks the opening of a new exhibit entitled &quot;It Started with a Rock Collection: Charles Darwin, Geologist.&quot;</span></p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:54:23 +0000 The Associated Press 6187 at http://michiganradio.org Charles Darwin - Rock Star? MSU expanding reach of medical research http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-expanding-reach-medical-research <p><a href="http://humanmedicine.msu.edu/research.php">Michigan State University&rsquo;s Human Medicine</a> program is expanding its research&nbsp;facilities far away from East Lansing.</p><p>Last month, MSU announced its buying the old Grand Rapids Press building.&nbsp; This week,&nbsp;developers say they hope to turn an old newspaper building in Flint&nbsp;into a home for MSU medical researchers.</p><p><a href="http://www.healthteam.msu.edu/medicine/divisions/faculty/sousa.htm">Aron Sousa</a>&nbsp;is an associate dean at the MSU College of Human Medicine.&nbsp;&nbsp;He says expansions in Grand Rapids and Flint,&nbsp;as well as Midland and Traverse City, reflect the communities&rsquo; needs.</p><p>&ldquo;Both the college [of Human Medicine] and the university want to be more active across the state.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re the land grant school for the state of Michigan.&nbsp; We take that mission and that history seriously,&quot; says Sousa.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;MSU is ending some medical programs in Kalamazoo and Saginaw,&nbsp;to make&nbsp;way for new medical schools at Western and Central Michigan Universities. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:34:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 6126 at http://michiganradio.org MSU expanding reach of medical research