March 22, 2013 – Week 9
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MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: Five new inductees will be honored April 21 at the annual awards dinner: Emmy-winner Nancy McCauley-Branstetter; W. Kim Heron of Metro Times; Betsy Pollard Rau of Central Michigan University’s Journalism Department; Osama Siblani of the Arab American News; and the late Hugh Grannum of the Detroit Free Press. For information and reservations, contact Margie Anderson at the MSU School of Journalism, 517-353-6430 or email@example.com.
LEAGUE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AHEAD: On Monday, March 25, your correspondents will interview officials of the Michigan League for Public Policy. Interview topics may include public health, K-12 education, unemployment, homelessness and public assistance.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
OUTDOORDINING: Dogs wouldn’t order from the menu but could join their humans at restaurants’ outdoor dining areas under a Portage legislator’s bill. A Holland tourism official and lawmakers from Pellston, Presque Isle, Saugatuck and Onekama say the measure barks up the right tree, but a UP tourism official says “bad dog.” The Restaurant Association is neutral. By Justine McGuire. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN & ALL POINTS.
SEALAMPREY: Genetic mapping of sea lampreys may help control the invader and improve human health, new research suggests. Scientists assembled its genome, providing insights into controlling the invasive species that’s beset the Great Lakes basin since the late 1800s. Research could help cure a rare disease in human newborns and advance the study of degenerative brain disease. MSU scientists and the Great Lakes Commission explain. By Celeste Bott. FOR LANSING, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, SOUTH BEND, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, ST. IGNACE, ALPENA, MACOMB, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
w/SEALAMPREYPHOTO: Sea lamprey bites Michigan State University researcher. Credit: Michigan State University.
PRIVATECOLLEGEDIVERSITY: Some Christian-affiliated private are pushing for more racial and ethnic diversity among their students but not actively pursuing more religious diversity. We hear from Hope, Calvin and the Civil Rights Department. By Cortney Erndt. FOR HOLLAND, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, LANSING, & ALL POINTS.
LANDCONCERNS: Groups like the Little Traverse Conservancy in Harbor Springs and Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy in Okemos are acquiring land and securing conservation easements while DNR is under a new limit on the amount of public land the state can own. We hear from a UP senator, Sierra Club, DNR and Michigan Nature Conservancy. By Michael Gerstein. FOR PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, LANSING, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
w/LANDCONCERNSTABLE: Land conservancy increases. Source: Herat of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy.
GREENJOBS: Green jobs climbed in Michigan last year after dripping in 2011, placing it among the top 10 nationally in new green jobs. Among the expanded opportunities are companies in Mason County, Holland, Van Buren Township and Emmett Township. For news and business pages. By Kyle Campbell. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
FARMDEMOGRAPHICS: Michigan farmers and growers are seeing a shift in demographics among their migrant workers with an influx from Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine, Hungary and the Baltics. The agriculture industry worries about a possible labor shortage this year. We hear from the Farm Bureau, Asparagus Advisory Board, a Capac farmer and a Wayne State sociologist. By Michael Gerstein. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, STURGIS, BLISSFIELD, THREE RIVERS, LUDINGTON, GREENVILLE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, MANISTEE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, BIG RAPIDS, LAPEER, BROWN CITY & ALL POINTS.
FRACKING: Anti-fracking groups will soon launch a petition drive to ban the practice, while DEQ and the industry say there have been no major leaks or spills at the more than 12,000 wells drilled since 1952. We hear from industry and environmental groups. By Kyle Campbell. FOR BLISSFIELD, CRAWFORD COUNTY, LUDINGTON, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, ALPENA, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, HERALD REVIEW, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
w/FRACKINGTABLE1: Permits issued in 2012 in Lenawee, Kalkaska, Jackson, Hillsdale, Crawford and Osceola counties. Source: Department of Environmental Quality.
w/FRACKINGTABLE2: Total permits by year, 2000-12. Source: Department of Environmental Quality.
COLLEGEAFFORDABILITY: Discussions are underway about making private and public colleges more affordable. Two-thirds of Michigan residents say college education isn’t reasonably affordable. Ferris State and Spring Arbor have new programs to help with loan repayments. By Celeste Bott. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING, DEADLINE DETROIT, SOUTH BEND, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, PETOSKEY , TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
BICYCLINGDEATHS: The number of bicyclist deaths dropped last year. Cycling groups are pushing for more safety on the road. MDOT is doing research. A Clarklake lawmaker wants to let cyclists go through automated red lights that don’t sense their presence. We include stats from Ottawa, Allegan, Kent and Mecosta counties. By Cortney Erndt. FOR HOLLAND, BIG RAPIDS, LANSING, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
w/BICYCLINGDEATHSGRAPHIC: Counties with the most bike accidents: Wayne, Oakland, Kent, Macomb and Ingham. Source: Michigan Department of Transportation.
ENERGYEFFICIENCY: Detroit is the only Michigan city among the nation’s top 25 in the number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Other cities, such as Traverse City and Grand Rapids, are encouraging owners to make buildings more energy efficient. By Justine McGuire. FOR DEADLINE DETROIT, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, MCIHIGAN CITIZEN, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
LAKESCLEANER: Officials say Muskegon and White lakes, both contaminated by industrial discharges, are cleaner and should be eligible to get off the “areas of concern” list in four to five years. Cleanup is progressing at Deer Lake near Ishpeming and the River Raisin near Monroe. Other areas of concern are the Detroit, Kalamazoo, Rouge, Manistique, St. Mary’s and Clinton rivers and the Saginaw River and Bay. By James Dau. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, BLISSFIELD, MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
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