Capital News Service Budget – Week 6
Oct. 16, 2015
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STORY RETRACTED: As CNS notified members on Oct. 14, we have withdrawn our Oct. 9 story about campus security cameras, “Universities weigh safety, privacy in security camera use,” because of serious problems with sourcing and attribution. We have removed it from our website and last week’s budget.
IN-DEPTH WEEK AHEAD: Next Friday, Oct. 25, we’ll have our first in-depth file of the semester.
Here’s your file:
BEERIMPACT: While micro-breweries pop up around the state, including along the Lake Michigan shoreline, so are the acres devoted to growing hops. By Amelia Havanec. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MANISTEE, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS
w/BEERIMPACTTABLE: Source: Brewers Association
w/BEERIMPACTPHOTO: Credit: Bernt Rostad via Flickr
AIRQUALITY: The EPA’s stricter new smog limits may improve air quality, but some regions of Michigan still have a long way to go, advocacy groups say. The Grand Rapids area is one of those areas, the American Lung Association of Michigan says. Industry worries about the economic impact of tougher limits. We also talk to the Michigan Environmental Council and the MI Air MI Health Coalition. By Zhao Peng. FOR GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
w/AIRQUALITYTABLE: Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
BEGINNINGFARMERS: An increasing number of youths are looking to run their own farms, in part out of concern for where their food comes from. Other beginning farmers are older, sometimes returning to their family homes after retiring from other jobs. The Farm Bureau, an MSU Extension agent in Gladwin County and the Michigan Young Farmers Coalition explain. By Michael Kransz. FOR GLADWIN, BLISSFIELD, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
HOMELESS: The state had 97,642 homeless people last year, an advocacy group reported, with the largest numbers in Metro Detroit and West Michigan. Two major factors are the cost of housing in relation to stagnant earnings and a shortage of affordable housing units. We get commentary and data from Michigan’s Campaign against Homelessness, the Michigan Institute for Public Policy and the Michigan Coalition against Homelessness. By Zhao Peng. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/HOMELESSCHART: Number of homeless people by Michigan region in 2014.
TRADEAPPEAL: A college degree may still carry cachet, but trade skills might generate larger paychecks. That’s the word from experts at Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University and the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District who are trying to fill a labor gap for manufacturing, construction and technology jobs. By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
BUGS&BATS: Bug-hungry bats are a big boon for farmers, eating pests that damage and destroy corn and other important crops, a new study says. Bats can reduce the need for chemical pesticides, saving money and reducing possible environmental contamination. Top corn-growing counties are Huron, Saginaw, Sanilac, Lenawee and St. Joseph. We talk to MSU researcher, Michigan Corn Growers Association and study co-author. For news and agricultural pages. By Marie Orttenburger. FOR BLISSFIELD, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, GREENVILLE, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE & ALL POINTS.
w/BUGS&BATSPHOTO: Corn earworm moth captured in pheromone trap. Credit: Josiah Maine
UPFILM: A new coming-of-age movie filmed in the U.P. about a 1,300-mile 1971 bike trip around Lake Superior is ready to debut. The Michigan-born filmmaker gives us the backstory on “Superior,” including the decision to use a local cast. It has upcoming Michigan screenings in Holland, East Lansing, Grand Rapids and Bloomfield. By Kayla Smith. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/UPFILMPHOTO: Filmmaker Edd Benda used breathtaking Upper Peninsula settings for his new movie, “Superior.” Credit: BeyondThePorch Productions.
BEAVERPONDS: The beaver has been called “the quintessential ecosystem engineer,” and doubters can look to its long-term environmental impact in the Upper Peninsula. Many of the beaver’s U.P. engineering feats are still evident on the landscape after more than 150 years — longer than such other engineering marvels as the Eiffel Tower, the Mackinac Bridge, the Trans-Siberian Railroad and Toronto’s CN Tower have stood. As evidence, a new study highlights the continued existence of dozens of Ishpeming-area beaver ponds first mapped in 1868. We talk to the author, a NDR expert and a wildlife ecologist at Northern Michigan University, By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.
w/BEAVERPHOTO: Credit: Smithsonian Institution.
Capital News Service Budget – Week 6