Lansing

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Courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Human Relations and Community Services Director Kim Coleman is settling into her new role at the helm of one of the city’s most visible departments. 

 


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Courtesy photo

Lansing kicks off the Christmas season tonight with the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The 35th Silver Bells will include a lighted float parade downtown at 6 p.m., fireworks over the capital building dome, the lighting of the official Christmas tree, and a community sing led by Detroit artist Ben Sharkey a little after 7:30.


When people think of Lansing, the first thing that comes to mind may be the capitol building where Michigan lawmakers meet. But, outside of the marble hallways, the capital city also offers places to admire the changing seasons. WKAR’s Alina Zhuravel sends an audio postcard from Lansing’s River Trail.

Newcomers made the biggest gains on both the Lansing and East Lansing City Council's with Brandon Betz ousting incumbent Jody Washington. And, Lisa Babcock and Jessy Gregg knocking off Eric Altmann in East Lansing.
Amanda Pinckney, WKAR

Two incumbents were ousted from the Lansing and East Lansing City Councils in Tuesday’s election. The upsets were part of a trend of progressive and anti-establishment newcomers, unseating well-financed and widely recognized incumbents. WKAR’s Abigail Censky talked to Lansing State Journal Reporter Sarah Lehr about the results. Below are highlights of their conversation. 


Lansing skyline
WKAR File Photo

The City of Lansing began several new development projects this year including the Red Cedar Development, linking Lansing to East Lansing, and a mixed use space near the Cooley Law school stadium. Combined both projects are valued at over $300 million. As the flurry of new developments increases candidates running for city council are deciding what their elevator pitch of the city will be and who it will be addressing. 

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A state commission has approved a slimmed down project to build a $40 million welcome center on the lawn of the Michigan statehouse that will boast adjustable space for meetings and catered events.

With the UAW strike against General Motors in its fourth week, the automaker is losing millions of dollars. So are the businesses that supply GM. Many of their workers have also been out of work for four weeks, but unlike the striking UAW workers, their plight is much less visible.

Lansing, Mich., has nine regional GM suppliers. These are companies that do everything from producing ads to making parts for GM's cars and trucks. Altogether, that's more than 6,000 jobs. Supplier jobs in Lansing outnumber GM jobs.

Daryl Green photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Lansing got a new chief of police in August. Daryl Green took over following the retirement of his predecessor, Mike Yankowski.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Daryl Green about his rise to the job of police chief in Lansing, and the aftermath of a video showing a young suspect being struck by Lansing police officers during an arrest this summer.


Site clearing on Lansing’s Red Cedar development project is scheduled to begin today.


Bessie, dog, Capital Area Humane Society
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Dozens of dogs rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian in Florida are now in Michigan.


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