Lansing

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope watchers new pollworkers training
Bob Hoffman /City of Lansing Clerk's Office

There’s now less than a week until the Presidential Election, and officials are bracing for record turnout.

The city of Lansing is training hundreds of new election workers to help those voters cast their ballots on November 3rd.


East Lansing voters photo
WKAR File Photo

The November election is now less than a month away, and officials are preparing to make sure every vote is counted whether it comes by mail or in person. There to help them will be poll workers, regular Michiganders, who will greet voters, issue them ballots and count mail-in votes on Election Day.

Map Of Michigan Congressional Districts
U.S. Department of the Interior

As time runs out for Michiganders to fill out their census, that data will soon be used to redraw district lines for political offices in the state.

Voters amended the state constitution in 2018 to make citizens rather than legislators responsible for drawing congressional district lines.


Adrian Peterson
Flickr / Creative Commons

It was such an odd Labor Day weekend without the start of college football taking place. Al combs through the ripple-effect of no MSU football due to COVID-19 and its financial impact on businesses in the Lansing area. Also, Adrian Peterson to the Lions? How? Why?


Pilgrims at the Grand Mosque of Mecca
Saudia Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

July 30 is the first day Eid al-Adha.

The Islamic holiday commemorates the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah and is a time of prayer, charity, and social connection.

The holiday also occurs during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.


Lansing Common FC logo
Lansing Common FC

Lansing has seen two men’s soccer clubs start and end in the last ten years.

Amateur club, Lansing United, played from 2014 to 2018. Meanwhile, Lansing Ignite, a professional team that was part of the United Soccer League, lasted for just a season and folded last year. 

Now, a group of community organizers want to bring another men’s team back on the field that will be run by its fans.


Lansing Collegiate Locos players at bat
Sophia Saliby/ WKAR

With the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season this year, Cooley Law School Stadium, the home of the Lansing Lugnuts, has sat mostly vacant all summer.

However, a new series of games kicked off at the stadium July 23 to give fans a taste of the baseball they’ve been missing.


Football Players
MHSAA

High school football players will be headed back onto the field for practice in less than a month.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced last week fall sports would be going ahead as normally scheduled.


COVID-19 Testing Sign
Ingham County Health Department/ Facebook

When the state began to reopen at the beginning of June, cases of COVID-19 began to creep back up with outbreaks linked to businesses and large gatherings.

One of those outbreaks is tied to popular East Lansing bar, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub. As of Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department has found over 170 total cases connected to the bar. 32 of them are secondary, meaning people who didn’t go to Harper’s themselves but got sick from someone who did.


Brandon Betz announces draft resolution to partially defund the Lansing Police Department.
Brandon Betz/ Facebook

After a white police officer killed George Floyd in May, there have been nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic injustice. Now, calls to defund the police have grown louder across the country.

In Lansing, one city council member is proposing cutting the city’s police budget in half over a 5-year period and redirecting that money to other public safety initiatives.


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