st. petersburg http://michiganradio.org en The clock may soon be ticking on Lansing's sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/clock-may-soon-be-ticking-lansings-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia <p>The Sister Cities relationship between Lansing and St. Petersburg, Russia might have a limited future.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Lansing has had a sister cities relationship with St. Petersburg since the early 1990’s, though the exchange program has been dormant for many years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The push to formally sever the relationship came after St. Petersburg enacted an anti-gay ordinance and arrested LGBT activists in recent weeks.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:21:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 13638 at http://michiganradio.org The clock may soon be ticking on Lansing's sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-flint-school-district-deficit-st-petersburg-russia <p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy is topic of national conversation</strong></p><p>Snyder, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing appeared on Sunday morning talk shows yesterday to talk about filing bankruptcy for Detroit. Snyder said he will push to protect the retired city workers whose pensions are on the table. He said the bankruptcy filing included protections for retirees and urged them to remain calm. Orr said on "Fox News Sunday" that there are going to have to be "concessions." Bing on ABC's "This Week" said now that bankruptcy has been filed, leaders have to take a step back before making a decision on a federal bailout.</p><p><strong>Flint school district faces more</strong> <strong>budget cuts</strong></p><p>The Flint School Board will take up a Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow night. The district is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-educators-take-school-districts-deficit-elimination-plan-week">wrestling with a nearly 16 million dollar deficit</a>. The Flint school district has made deep budget cuts but more cuts are likely if the district follows the plan to eliminate its deficit by June 2016. The Flint School Board has until July 31st to send its deficit elimination plan to the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lansing may end its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council will be meeting tonight to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia">discuss its sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</a>. St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally. Members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s two decade sister cities relationship with the city.<br> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:45:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13623 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia Lansing leaders will discuss their Sister-City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia <p>Possibly ending the city of Lansing’s sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia will be the topic of a meeting tomorrow evening.</p><p></p><p>St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally.</p><p></p><p>Some Lansing city council members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s 2 decade old sister cities relationship with the Russian city.</p><p></p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13614 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing leaders will discuss their Sister-City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia