Dogs need special care during winter

Some dogs are made for the winter. Huskies have heavy fur and tough paws which allow them to handle these harsh conditions with no problem. But some dogs do not have the same luxuries, which makes winter tough. “We take him on walks which sucks in the winter time,” said Joey’s Pet Outfitters employee Krystal Witt. Dogs routinely need to go outside for multiple reasons from walking to using the restroom.

Watch Focal Point: CMU shooting, flooding in IM West and more

John Engler has been interim president for less than a month, we take a look at how students think he’s handling his new position. Also, the ‘Bern’ is back. Plus, the Ski Club had to make a tough decision when it came to one of their annual traditions. In sports, we head over to Skandalaris Football Center for the football teams first spring practice.

Good-bye, 50/50 rule? Shift in East Lansing alcohol policy expected

A local alcohol policy known as the 50/50 ordinance could be repealed as early as this spring, according to East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows. The 50/50 ordinance is one of several alcohol policies that attempts to balance alcohol business practices in East Lansing. The nearly 35-year-old ordinance requires most local restaurants and bars to cap alcohol revenue at 50 percent of total sales and provide quarterly reports to assure compliance. “I remember when we first discussed it back in the mid ’80s, late ’80s, none of us were happy about it,” said Joe Bell, owner of The Peanut Barrel, a local restaurant and bar on Grand River Avenue. The Peanut Barrel is one of four restaurants currently exempt from the ordinance due to its grandfathered status.

Pit bull dog worries overblown, say Ingham County dog experts

Some Ingham County residents are maintaining a favorable view of the type of dogs known as Pit bulls while the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is working to boost the positive image of the dogs. On January 10, 2018 a bill was introduced into the Michigan State Senate that would prohibit local governments from enacting bans on specific breeds of dogs. The bill was not passed and referred to a committee. Despite the bill not passing, county dog experts look favorably on Pit bulls. Pit bull, a name encompassing several breeds of terriers and mixes, is one that carries the certain stigmas including being “inherently vicious” according to Ingham County Animal Control Director John Dinon.

Elevated levels of copper found in water at Ingham County government facilities in Mason

After recent tests, a few Ingham County government facilities have found elevated levels of copper in the water. All of the buildings are located in Mason. The Hilliard Building, Ingham County Courthouse and Ingham County Jail all tested for elevated levels of copper in their water. But in the jail’s case, depending on the test, some were high and some were low, said Mason City Administrator Deborah Stuart. The buildings weren’t forced to test the water, but acted wisely to make sure the quality was up to par.

We Will Not Be Ignored

On a morning where members of the MSU community they thought they would be a part of a conversation, they ended up in a crowd outside. Inside the Hannah Administration building, the Board of Trustees were making decisions that didn’t sit well with many. 

Lansing residents evacuated after historic floods

A State of Emergency was declared this week by Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes after several street closures and resident evacuations. Those living in Urbandale, Sycamore Park, Knollwood Willow, Baker, Cherry Hill, Riverpoint, Tecumseh River and Ravenswood neighborhoods were all encouraged to temporarily leave their home. Michael Tobin, Lansing Emergency Management Division Chief, said that volunteers were sent out Wednesday evening to go door to door and  alert residents. “What we’re really gearing up for now is the floods from the Red Cedar River and the Grand River,” Tobin said. “When the water hits crest levels, it can take a few days minimum for the water to recede.”

The Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross set up a shelter at Letts Community Center for residents who have been temporarily displaced.