Sarah Lehr, Lansing StateJournal

Sarah Lehr

Lansing StateJournal

Lansing, MI, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

Actuary: Lansing's unfunded health care liability is shrinking, now at $247 million

An actuary presented an estimate of unfunded retiree health care costs to Lansing City Council and is working to calculate updated pension debt. → Read More

National Weather Service: Tornadoes possible Saturday in mid-Michigan

Tornadoes, hail and scattered wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour are possible in the Lansing area. → Read More

Lansing City Council OKs using grant, city money to hire five new police officers

Mayor Andy Schor touted the grant as a way to combat violence. City Council approved the grant, despite calls to defund the police department. → Read More

Lawsuit: Former Mayor Virg Bernero harassed intern on a daily basis in 2013, 2014

Virg Bernero dropped out of the 2021 Lansing mayor's race the day before on-the-record sexual harassment allegations became public. → Read More

A prison cell turned greenhouse: Exhibit at MSU garden raises awareness of solitary confinement

Artist jackie sumell, who spells her name with lower case letters, wants people to question why the prison system seems "natural." → Read More

Where are pot shops open in Greater Lansing? These communities allow recreational cannabis

Charlotte and Meridian Township are surveying residents about whether to allow adult-use cannabis businesses. → Read More

Where can I swim in Greater Lansing? Your guide to public pools reopening in summer 2021

Some public pools are reopening in 2021. Here's your guide to swimming in Greater Lansing. → Read More

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green steps down after two years

Daryl Green has been Lansing's police chief since August 2019. → Read More

East Lansing fire chief, former Lansing chief Randy Talifarro retires

For six years, Talifarro served as both Lansing's and East Lansing's chief before resigning from Lansing. → Read More

Lansing ethics board finds Betz's 'inappropriate' messages did not violate city ordinance

Brandon Betz remains on Lansing City Council despite being censured by his colleagues and stripped of committee assignments. → Read More

East Lansing officials oppose state laws that would stop cities from restricting Airbnbs

Bills moving through Michigan's House and Senate would stop local governments from using zoning to ban or restrict vacation rentals. → Read More

Teen sues former Lansing police chief, officers after being punched on leg during 2019 arrest

DeShaya Reed's lawsuit says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to childhood trauma and police failed to protect her from injury. → Read More

Lansing has more than 70 cold case murders; City Council wants to add another detective to solve them

Currently, the Lansing Police Department has one detective investigating cold case murders. → Read More

Crowdfunding campaign seeks to bring lighted market to Lansing riverfront on summer Fridays

The "Afterglow Market" will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays along the riverfront in downtown Lansing. → Read More

East Lansing plans to spend some marijuana tax money on substance abuse treatment

Up to $14,000 would be distributed based on financial need to people convicted of drug offenses in district court. → Read More

From pandemic relief to expungement clinics: What's in Lansing's next budget

Lansing's next budget includes a racial justice fund, money for expungement clinics and millions from the federal bailout. → Read More

Lansing decriminalizes possessing drug paraphernalia, repeals host of other ordinances

Council Member Brian Jackson pushed has pushed to repeal more than a dozen misdedamnor ordinances considered overreaching, outdated or redundant. → Read More

COVID-19 cost cities millions in income tax. Whitmer plan would help offset the loss.

Widespread unemployment and the popularity of remote work are costing cities like Lansing and East Lansing millions in income tax revenue. → Read More

Officials review tax deal for Emergent BioSolutions drug manufacturing plant in DeWitt Township

The company is considering other locations, including out of state locations, for its new drug manufacturing facility. → Read More

Pomp, circumstance and masks: MSU students graduate in socially distanced outdoor ceremonies

To allow more space for social distancing, Michigan State is hosting more than 50 outdoor graduation ceremonies spread across three weekends. → Read More