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ROUNDGOBY: Invasive species aren’t all bad news, according to a new study that finds smallmouth bass and yellow perch benefiting from abundant invasive round gobies in two of the Great Lakes. Possible benefits for walleye and burbot are less certain, and round gobies may be displacing native sculpin in Grand Traverse Bay and Calumet Harbor. We talk to the lead researcher, from Lake Superior State University, and a DNR fisheries expert. By Eric Freedman. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MALLS, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, ALCONA, ALPENA & ALL POINTS.
w/ROUNDGOBYPHOTO: Credit: Michigan Sea Grant.
FRACKINGACTIVISTS: In his State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder mentions increasing natural gas production in Michigan. Across the state, local activists and environmental groups are working to prevent the growth of fracking. Their focus is not only at the state level, but also in local townships and cities, some of which are taking matters into their own hands. By Collin Krizmanich. FOR ALCONA, ALPENA, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS
COLLEGEPREP: Michigan is making flexible college credit options a priority for high school students around the state. Dual-enrollment and middle college programs are on the rise, and are expected to continue to grow in the coming years. This could mean a huge reform for the traditional K-12 school system, pave the way for Michigan becoming a leader in education changes and change the way students move from high school to college. By Brooke Kansier. FOR ST. IGNACE, LANSING CITY PULSE, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS
MINIMUMWAGEHOUSING: Housing is not affordable or not available for those living on minimum wage in Michigan. We speak with a senior policy analyst for the Michigan League for Public Policy and regional planning department manager for Networks Northwest in to assess the housing options for single people in Michigan, particularly in Traverse City. Lake and Manistee counties are also referenced. Networks Northwest serves a broad swath of counties in northwestern Michigan. By Cheyna Roth. FOR PETOSKEY, BIG RAPIDS, CHEBOYGAN,GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LAKE COUNTY, LANSING CITY PULSE, , MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS
GRAYMONTMINE: As a DNR decision over a new Upper Peninsula limestone mine looms, officials must weigh a variety of environmental risks, economic benefits, and public opinion before deciding to approve or deny Canadian firm Graymont’s proposal. In a story that builds from this week’s hearing in Newberry, we speak with the district’s senator, environmentalists, and officials from DNR and DEQ By Elizabeth Ferguson. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN and ALL POINTS.
STUDENTLOANCREDITS: A bill to provide tuition tax credits for people paying off student loans is designed to keep young graduates in Michigan, but not everyone is convinced the plan will work. Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, ntroduced a bill to ease college graduates’ loan burdens for up to five years after graduation if they live and work in Michigan. With detail from the senator and reaction from a skeptical Central Michigan University professor and an associate director of financial aid at Michigan State University. By Josh Thall. FOR HOLLAND, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, BLISSFIELD, LANSING CITY PULSE, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, GLADWIN, LAKE COUNTY, and ALL POINTS.
BARNS&QUILTS: Preserving the state’s heritage barns help people remember rural history, save money and boost tourism revenue. And heritage barns can anchor other tourist attractions, such as quilt trails. We talk to representatives of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Alcona County Quilt Trail. Among the other quilt trails are ones on the Old Mission Peninsula, Keweenaw Peninsula and Mecosta County. By Julianna Moxley. FOR ALCONA, ALPENA, CADILLAC, TRAVERSE CITY, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
w/BARNS&QUILTS: A sunflower quilt block at White Barn Gardens near Harrisville. Credit: Cindi Van Hurk.
STREAMAPP: A new app lets citizen scientists measure the depth of streams and rivers to help researchers understand how water moving through watersheds changes across the Great Lakes region and to provide useful information to canoeists and anglers. Stream gauges are located in 19 locations in the state, including Indian Springs Metropark, Boyne Valley, Frankfort, Onekama, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Plaster Creek in Grand Rapids and Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. We talk to experts from MSU and the State University of New York in Buffalo. By Chelsea Mongeau. FOR MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/STREAMAPPSIGNPHOTO: Sign at the Looking Glass explains how citizen scientists can text stream readings for analysis. Credit: Chris Lowry
w/STREAMAPPGUAGEPHOTO: Water depth gauge in the Red Cedar River at the Harris Nature Center Meridian Township. Credit: Chris Lowry
WINDENERGY: Michigan is on track to meet its renewable energy targets, largely thanks to wind farms, but issues of transparency and turbine placement are leading some to question the state’s push toward wind power. We talk to the Sierra Club, the Michigan Public Service Commission, and officials and activists from Mason and Lenawee counties. By Caitlin McArthur. FOR LUDINGTON, ALCONA,, BLISSFIELD, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS
Capital News Service Budget – Jan. 30, 2015