May 4, 2012 – Bonus Week
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BONUS WEEK: This is our traditional end-of-semester bonus week file with still-timely stories you may not have had room for when we originally moved them. CNS subscriber news organizations also may use all our archived stories and visuals.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
LIBRARIES: Public libraries are under economic pressure as state aid and local tax revenue drop. But they’re seeing an increase in patronage and material circulated, as well as requests for learning how to use computers and find jobs. Librarians in Marquette, Holland and Jackson and the state Library Association discuss the trends. By Jon Gaskell. FOR ALL POINTS.
MANUFACTURINGWORKERS: Unemployment remains high but many manufacturers, including some in Macomb County, face a shortage of skilled workers—a shortage they predict will worsen. One company offers scholarships to Macomb Community College students who take machine-related classes. Industry officials and Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research explain. By Xinjuan Deng. FOR ALL POINTS.
ATHLETEEATINGDISORDERS: The stress on highly competitive athletes can lead to life-threatening eating disorders, according to experts, including an MSU professor. Michigan High School Athletic Association trains coaches to prevent and recognize medical problems, including nutrition. By Patrick Lyons. FOR ALL POINTS.
PHYSICALEDUCATION: As the state confronts a childhood obesity epidemic, legislation would increase requirements and funding for K-8 physical and health education. A federal study suggests that No Child Left Behind discourages schools from providing more PE. We hear from Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan, Community Health and Education. Sponsors are from Lansing, Mount Morris Township and Detroit. By Patrick Howard. FOR ALL POINTS.
TEENSDRUGALCOHOLABUSE: Teens’ alcohol abuse is dropping but drug abuse—including easier-to-get marijuana—is rising, U of M study shows. We talk to prevention experts at agencies in Marquette, Kalamazoo, Gaylord and Detroit and the Department of Community Health. By Saodat Asanova-Taylor. FOR ALL POINTS.
AFTERSCHOOLPROGRAM: While Michigan is making progress in afterschool programs, 31 percent of K-12 students take care of themselves, according to the Michigan Association of School Boards and a national survey. One such program is in Battle Creek. We talk to the state school board president, from Ann Arbor, and a Grand Valley State education professor. By Wei Yu. FOR ALL POINTS.
TELEWORKING: A new report says Michigan would benefit from more teleworking in terms of employee satisfaction and environmental benefits. Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo and Chrysler Group in Auburn Hills are among large companies that offer telecommuting and flexible schedules. We hear from a Wayne State labor studies expert and the Small Business Association. By Jennifer Chen. FOR ALL POINTS.
SUPERIORBOOKS: Lake Superior has long entranced us. Two new books highlight some of the reasons. One is about people who live and work along its shores, and the other about Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS
w/SUPERIORBOOKSCOVER1: “Lake Superior Profiles: People on the Big Lake”
w/SUPERIORBOOKSCOVER2: “Geology and Landscape of Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Vicinity”
May 4, 2012 – Bonus Week