Feb. 2, 2018 – Week 3
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HEPATITISCINPRISONS: An estimated 7 percent of inmates in state prisons have hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease, but the Corrections Department has enough funding to treat only a faction of them. Overall, the disease is spreading at a faster rate in Michigan than the national average, especially among young adults. We hear from the Corrections Department, American Liver Foundation, Michigan Corrections Organization and the Department of Health and Human Services. By Bailey Laske. FOR IONIA, GREENVILLE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BLISSFIELD, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
BROWNFIELDS: The governor wants higher dumping fees to raise money to clean up abandoned contaminated industrial sites known as brownfields. DEQ says there’s no apparent opposition yet to the proposal. The Michigan Environmental Council likes the idea. A brownfield project in Grayling just received additional funding, and the Grand Rapids Urban Market represents a successful brownfield cleanup. We also talk to the Michigan Manufacturers Association. By Agnes Bao. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
w/BROWNFIELDSPHOTOBEFORE: The site of the Grand Rapids Urban Market before environmental cleanup. Source: Department of Environmental Quality.
w/BROWNFIELDSPHOTOAFTER: The Grand Rapids Urban Market after environmental cleanup. Source: Department of Environmental Quality.
COMPETITIVENESS: A new report from a Northwood University expert to legislative committees shows how the Michigan economy has taken leaps forward in the last six years. It’s a topic Gov. Snyder talked about in his State of the State address. We interview legislators from Park Township, Dearborn, Temperance and Taylor. For news and business pages. By Casey Hull. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
IMMIGRANTS: Amidst the political debate in Washington about immigration and Dreamers, a new report measures the importance of immigrants in Michigan to the economy. The state ranked 14th in the nation overall and 6th in terms of brain gain and innovation. Immigrants make up 35 percent of workers in agriculture and 11.6 percent in manufacturing in all or part of seven West Michigan counties. We hear from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor, the state Office for New Americans and advocacy groups. By Gloria Nzeka. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, OCEANA, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
DRUGTESTS&JOBS: The shortage of skilled manufacturing workers across the state, including in the Cadillac area, may be exacerbated by drug tests that deter or disqualify potential employees and may lead to the dismissal of current employees. The proposed legalization of recreational marijuana may make the employment situation more difficult. We hear from the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and Michigan Manufacturers Association. By Riley Murdock. FOR CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
CONSTRUCTIONSAFETY: The number of workplace deaths dropped last year in Michigan, with construction workers the most at risk, according to MIOSHA. Two of those deaths occurred in Holland and Ludington. We talk to the Michigan Talent Investment Agency, Construction Association of Michigan and MIOSHA. By Crystal Chen. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
w/ CONSTRUCTIONSAFETYPHOTO: A construction worker frames a house. Credit: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
FLU: More than 45,500 Michigan residents have been diagnosed with the flu so far this season, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Numbers in the state have been rising annually in recent years. The department and a health expert from Alma offer advice on how to avoid or minimize the disease. By Colton Wood. FOR ALL POINTS.
911CALLS: Your monthly cell phone bill may creep up by 6 cents per line to raise money to improve 9-1-1 service statewide if a bill nearing the end of its way through the Legislature becomes law. Revenue would rise to $48.8 million from $28.5 million a year. However, some users in rural areas may see their overall monthly fees drop. We talk to the lead sponsor from Grand Ledge, a Traverse City resident and the Michigan Telecommunications Association. By Colton Wood. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
MICHIGANMANUFACTURING: The number of manufacturing jobs in the state is rising but industry says more outreach to young people is needed to attract them to skilled trades. Pending legislative resolutions urge the governor to add woodworking to vocational education and skilled trade opportunities. Sponsors include lawmakers from Evart, Lawton, Hart, Lowell Township, Traverse City, Battle Creek and St. Joseph. A lawmaker from Ionia, the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society and the Michigan Manufacturers Association explain. By Bailey Laske. FOR IONIA, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, LEELANAU, CADILLAC, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD-REVIEW AND ALL POINTS.
GREATLAKESART: A new exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum offers a new take on the Great Lakes. We talk to artist Alexis Rockman and the museum director. A Northern Michigan University professor helped develop the concepts. The artist drew a bald eagle with Lake Michigan sand and painted a loon with coal dust from a power plant in Grand Haven. For news and features sections. By Marie Orttenberger. FOR HOLLAND, OCEANA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, BENZIE, LEELANAU, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.
w/GREATLAKESARTPOSTER: Michigan Wetlands poster by the Nongame Wildlife Fund. Credit: Marie Orttenburger
w/GREATLAKESPAINTINGCASCADE: “Cascade” by artist Alexis Rockman, 2015.
w/GREATLAKESPAINTINGFORCESOFCHANGE: “Forces of Change” by artist Alexis Rockman, 2017.
GREATLAKESRESEARCH: We’re used to troubling news about the Great Lakes basin — Asian carp, zebra mussels, habitat degradation, fluctuating water levels, algal blooms, chronic wasting disease, lead-poisoned drinking water, endangered species and other problems. But we pay less attention to promising news with useful findings from science and public policy experts. A new book helps bridge that gap. Commentary. By Eric Freedman. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BAY MILLS, OCEANA, ST. IGNACE, TRAVERSE CITY, ALCONA, PETOSKEY, BENZIE, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
w/GREATLAKESRESEARCHMAP: Great Lakes basin. Credit: Council of Great Lakes Governors.
w/GREATLAKESRESEARCHCOVER: Credit: Routledge.
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