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Community celebrates country's history at Independence Day Parade

State News Top Stories - July 6, 2015 - 8:44am

On the Fourth of July, many people from Lansing, East Lansing and the surrounding areas gathered near the State Capitol Building to watch the annual parade.

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Week in Review: July 3

State News Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 1:22pm

These are the top stories for the week of July 3, brought to you by

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City Council likely to vote on prohibiting recreational use of roofs July 7

State News Top Stories - July 1, 2015 - 2:17pm

East Lansing City council will likely take action on an ordinance regarding the prohibition of recreational use of roofs at its July 7 meeting at 7 p.m.

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Following same-sex marriage ruling, lawmakers debate state LGBT discrimination laws

State News Top Stories - June 30, 2015 - 3:32pm

While the historic Supreme Court ruling last Friday was a big victory for members of the LGBT community, there is still a lot to be done in Michigan according to lawmakers in order to make Michigan a truly accepting state. 

While some cities throughout Michigan, such as East Lansing, already have nondiscrimination ordinances in place that prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations/services -- Michigan has not made all of these adaptations yet. 


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MSU Rock Camp helps young bands perform at The Loft

State News Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 5:32pm

A lot of kids dream about becoming rock stars growing up but very few of them actually get a chance to live out this dream.

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VIDEO: Residents mourn Charleston victims at Lansing Capitol

State News Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 2:02am

On Sunday, June 28, over 50 residents of the Lansing/East Lansing area gathered in remembrance of the tragic events that transpired recently in Charleston, VA.

Lansing resident and Michigan State Alumna Crystal Michelle was a main organizer in creating the event, “Say Her Name/Pray for Charleston,” and she said she did it as a way to bring the community together to mourn an event she felt disheartened by.

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Same-sex marriage ruling has deep resonance within E.L. community

State News Top Stories - June 26, 2015 - 1:19pm

Imagine a loved one is in the hospital and you aren’t allowed to see them, or the government threatens to take your children away just because you have different beliefs and feels than “majority."

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Muslim students reflect on Ramadan, fasting

State News Top Stories - June 26, 2015 - 10:53am

Muslim students are fasting during the holy month of the Islamic calendar, which is called Ramadan. For some international students, the difference of observing the holy month in the U.S. presents a challenge.

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A changing downtown and the fight against urban sprawl

State News Top Stories - June 23, 2015 - 6:27am

Gerald Scott graduated from MSU in 1980 and he still uses CDs instead of downloading music. On his day off of work, the now-Warren resident found himself in his old college town shopping around for CD’s and other things when he realized that Flat, Black & Circular as well as Curious Book Shop are the only stores left in downtown East Lansing from when he was in school.

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VIDEO: Summer Solstice Jazz Festival celebrates 19 years of music and art

State News Top Stories - June 22, 2015 - 10:26am

The 19th annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival on June 19-20 featured musicians from all over the world and provided pivotal experience to youth jazz players.

The festival was presented by the City of East Lansing, MSU College of Music and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts; with artistic direction from the director of Jazz Studies at MSU, Rodney Whitaker.

“My favorite part is really hearing everybody perform, that’s what this is all about,” said Whitaker.

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Lansing Roller Derby team aims to build community through sport

State News Top Stories - June 21, 2015 - 4:56pm

Lansing Mitten Mavens Roller Derby took an unexpected victory against the Bath City Roller Girls on Saturday night.

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Week in Review: June 19

State News Top Stories - June 19, 2015 - 3:19pm

Here are the most important stories from the week of June 19. 

The Board of Trustees raised tuition for upper and underclassmen for the sixth year in a row and banned smoking on campus effective August of 2016. 

For graduate students of most colleges, the tuition will increase 4 percent, or $26.75 per credit hour.

Another set of approvals included extending  the contracts for athletic director Mark Hollis, men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant and men’s ice hockey coach Tom Anastos by a unanimous vote. 

In city news, GrandRiver Coffee Cafe, on  515 W.

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VIDEO: GrandRiver Coffee Cafe closes its doors to student dismay

State News Top Stories - June 17, 2015 - 3:29pm

After hearing about the cafe closing, students spoke in appreciation of what GrandRiver Coffee Cafe has brought to them in the past few years.

For many students, GrandRiver Coffee Cafe has been a favorite place to study and hangout with friends.

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MSU Board of Trustees approve increased tuition and smoking ban

State News Top Stories - June 17, 2015 - 12:30pm

The Trustees raised tuition by 2.7 percent for in-state lower division students, or roughly $12 per credit hour, and 2.7 percent for upper division students.

Though the Trustees lamented the tuition raise, with many blaming the declining state support for higher education.

“These always difficult decisions, balancing acts," President Lou Anna K.

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Former Spartan Draymond Green wins NBA Championship

State News Top Stories - June 17, 2015 - 10:21am

Draymond Green had doubters when he entered the NBA after a senior season at MSU in which he averaged 16.2 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Despite improving every year at MSU and helping to lead the Spartans to two Final Four appearances Green wasn't selected in the first round of the draft. 

Green was ultimately selected a few picks into the second round with the No.

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Mark Dantonio entertains as grand marshal of the Quicken Loans 400

State News Top Stories - June 14, 2015 - 4:10pm

In typical fashion, head football coach and grand marshal of the Quicken Loans 400 Mark Dantonio commanded "start your engines" to the drivers in his calm monotone voice.

Despite the calm nature of his voice you could see the excitement in his face which showcases a rare smile.

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Week in Review: June 12

State News Top Stories - June 12, 2015 - 2:08pm

The top stories from the week ending on June 12. 

MSU Softball player, Alyssa McBride, who just wrapped up her senior season, raised allegations against assistant coach Jessica Bograkos.

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Out of Sight

State News Top Stories - June 11, 2015 - 4:30pm

On important issues such as tuition increases, upgrades to campus buildings and major personnel appointments, governing boards of Michigan’s public universities often hold the serious discussions and deliberations away from the public, and when they emerge to take a vote, they appear decided, offering those attending little insight into the rationale and resolved contention of the decision.

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VIDEO: East Lansing Farmer's Market kicks off seventh season

State News Top Stories - June 9, 2015 - 4:06pm

East Lansing Farmer’s Market began its seventh season on June 7 with vendors selling produce that ranged from organically-grown vegetables to homemade desserts. The market was filled with people all eager to buy homegrown produce. The vendors at the market come from all over Michigan and everything they produce is grown or raised in Michigan.

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VIDEO: On the banks of the Red Cedar

State News Top Stories - June 8, 2015 - 7:00am

The Red Cedar River — it’s in our fight song and flows right through the heart of campus. MSU wouldn’t be the same without it. Students surf, fish and swim in its waters, but according to experts and students alike, the river has gained the reputation of being polluted and deteriorating.

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