Michigan Residents to Vote on Sales Tax Increase Proposal to Fund Road Repair

Local auto shops have seen a lot of business on tire, rim, and front-end repairs because local roads are in such bad shape. Tuffy Auto Service manager Danny Aybar says potholes are causing a lot of frustration for customers. “The average ticket for front end repairs typically will be anywhere around three and six hundred depending on the severity of the problem,” he said. A December study by research group Trip says that only one-third of state maintained roads are in good condition, and because of this drivers are paying an extra $3.8 billion annually on road related repairs with auto repair goodyear. State legislators decided on a plan to fix the issue.

Virtual Classrooms at MSU

Michigan State University Journalism Instructor Bonnie Bucqueroux understands how difficult it can be to get to campus when conditions are poor. “I have a dirt driveway, a half mile uphill, and, in the ice storms, it’s absolutely impassable,” Bucqueroux said. And with last year’s harsh winter, she took advantage of technology out of concern for her students. “I could get out, but I worried about my students coming across campus. I said, ‘Today, we’re going to hold the class virtually.’

Local Reaction to Obama’s Immigration Action

For Oscar Castaneda, an immigrant from Guatemala, President Obama’s announcement could not have come fast enough. “I’ve been waiting for 10 years for someone to do something about immigration and nobody does,” Castaneda

But now, that has changed. “First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for law enforcement personnel…Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepeneurs to stay and contribute to our economy…Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country,” Obama said in a statement to the United States. But there are not enough details for Castaneda to know whether it will truly effect him. Despite this, he is happy to see something done.

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A fire at Chandlers Crossing in East Lansing has displaced dozens of residents. Michigan elections are right around the corner, and voters need to be aware of polling changes. And, Batman and Superman recently made a visit to MSU’s campus. Some students got to be extras in the movie. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

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Focal Point Fall 2014 [Show 1]

A new Capital region taxi authority could allow for easier access for drivers and riders between East Lansing and Lansing. Trowbridge Plaza is getting a facelift. Find out how businesses are faring during the construction. And, former Spartan and ESPN personality Jemele Hill was the Grand Marshall for this year’s homecoming week at MSU.

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An 8-year-old girl who touched the lives of people around the world is remembered by hundreds on MSU’s campus. The anniversary of the Boston bombings has marathoners preparing to head back to the starting line. And, drastic weather this winter is making for a harsh allergy season in Mid-Michigan. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

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Gay couples recently married in Michigan can now receive federal benefits, but are still not recognized by the state government. Changes to the CATA bus system could make an easier commute for many residents from East Lansing to Okemos. And, gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular, even for those without celiac disease.  

Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 3]

A recent false alarm of a gunman at Michigan State has many people concerned about their safety, and what to do in the event of a future threat. Ticket scalping may be decriminalized in the State of Michigan, allowing more people to legally sell tickets above face value. And, the Spartans are on a winning streak, having made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament, after recently winning the Big 10 Tournament.  

Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Evan Pinsonnault: A closer look at your local morning news anchor

Evan grew up in western Massachusetts discovering his desire for music, theater and performing at a young age. “I’ve had a passion for theatre and performance for as long as I can remember,” Pinsonnault said. Performing on the stage in plays, he knew he wanted to be in the spotlight. Pinsonnault took his desire to a new level when went to college at George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in theater. How are theater and politics related?

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A new bill proposed may give unpaid interns in Michigan the same protections as other paid employees. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon gave her annual State of the University address, giving some students reason to speak out against the administration. And, a suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of MSU student Dominique Nolff. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.