Nov. 21, 2017 — Week 12
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STUDENTATHLETES: Michigan high school sports officials are angered by a national report by the Korey Stringer Institute that ranks the state 41st in terms of protecting student athletes from injury. They say that Michigan loses points for not requiring athletic trainers be onsite for contact sport practices, as well as having an undeveloped athletic emergency action plan. MHSAA officials say the study tried to take a one-size-fits-all approach and ended up with a one-size-fits-nothing. By Jack Nissen. FOR AND ALL POINTS
BALLASTWATER: Since Michigan cracked down on how ships discharge ballast water into the Great Lakes, the state’s exports via shipping have dropped, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association. Shipping advocates say they can rebuild that industry by easing Michigan regulations so that they match federal requirements. But advocates for the stricter standards say they are necessary to keep out invasive species which also have an economic cost. By Kaley Fech. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, OCEANA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.
RAISETHEAGE: Experts agree that it makes sense to handle 17-year-old lawbreakers in the juvenile justice system rather than as adults the way Michigan does. It’s cheaper and there is a better chance that they won’t become repeat offenders. But making that switch is fraught with funding challenges. By Stephen Olschansky FOR LANSING CITYPULSE AND ALL POINTS
EMERGENCYCALLS: An improved emergency 911 system would allow more Michigan residents to text police if they are held hostage by an active shooter. Crime victims could text for help without alerting a burglar in the next room. And police could accurately locate crime victims who use cell phones to report when they are threatened. But lawmakers are struggling to figure out how to pay for the expansion of the new system called Next Generation 911. We talk to the bill sponsor from GRAND LEDGE, a Traverse City dispatcher and an Upper Peninsula communications official. By Jingjing Nie. FOR CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
PREDICTWEATHER: A network of weather stations called flux towers atop five offshore lighthouses on Lakes Michigan, Huron, Superior and Erie are helping meteorologists more accurately predict lake-effect snowstorms and other weather events. Experts say more towers are needed to give meteorologists the lake-wide measurements necessary for better forecasting. By Jacqueline Kelly. FOR ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, LUDINGTON, OCEANA, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS.
w/PREDICTWEATHERMAP: Location of flux towers on five Great Lakes lighthouses. Credit: Lindsay Fitzpatrick
w/PREDICTWEATHERPHOTO: Stannard Rock Lighthouse with flux tower in Lake Superior. Credit: Chris Spence, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Nov. 21, 2017 — Week 12