May 2, 2014 – Bonus Week
To: CNS Editors
From: David Poulson
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BONUS WEEK FILE: This is our traditional end-of-semester bonus week file of still-timely articles you may not have had space for earlier. In addition, CNS subscribers still can use any of our other archived stories, photos and graphics.
IN THE FALL: Eric Freedman returns to the helm of CNS.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
OLDERWORKERS – If you’re 55 or older and hunting for a job, good luck; Michigan is one of the worst states for your employment prospects. A new state program tries to address the problem. By Becky McKendry. FOR ALL POINTS
UNDOCUMENTED: Some Michigan universities have begun to grant in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants. But some do not, even though the students have lived their entire life in the state and attended Michigan schools. A bill that would grant them in-state tuition is stalled in the Legislature. By Darcie Moran. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS
TEENPREGNANCIES: The Department of Community Health reports that teen pregnancies are generally down in the state—except among 10-14-year-olds. That uptick may be only a one-year anomaly . We hear from the department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Farmington Hills-based parent group that runs programs in high-risk areas such as Detroit, Muskegon and Saginaw. By Lacee Shepherd. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
ROADFUNDING: Michigan’s not the only state with road woes. However, its unusual funding formula for maintenance and construction, coupled with low diesel and fuel taxes, create some unique problems. Legislators from Traverse City and Marshall are trying yet again to raise fuel taxes. We hear from MDOT, an MSU economist, the state Chamber of Commerce and transportation officials in Indiana and Wisconsin. By Darcie Moran. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
MICHIGANTRAILS – State officials are pushing for an interconnecting network of land and water trails in a branding campaign to boost Michigan tourism. The initiative includes broadening a trail advisory council, developing a trail app and bringing attention to them through the state’s Pure Michigan campaign. By Danielle Woodward. FOR CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS, ALPENA, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, HARBOR SPRINGS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS
MENTALHEALTHCOURTS – Lawmakers are expanding special courts for the mentally ill after a pilot program shows that they provide better treatment for offenders who are also less likely to offend again. It also saves taxpayer dollars. By Danielle Woodward. FOR MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT AND ALL POINTS
RWORD – State officials are looking at scrubbing mental retardation from Michigan laws as an offensive phrase. By Nick Stanek. FOR ALL POINTS.
CONSTRUCTION: The number of crashes in Michigan highway construction zones has dropped but the number of serious injuries they produce is on the rise, according to a new report. By Ashley Weigel. FOR ALL POINTS
CHILDRENHEALTH: The Department of Community Health is pushing a pilot project to expand health centers for low-income children and youth and to provide them more mental health services. We hear from the department and School-Community Health Alliance. Senators from Ann Arbor and Saginaw are among the big supporters. By Danielle Woodward. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
BINGE: A Michigan State University researcher is studying rats for a clue to a genetic link to binge eating. Discovering it could lead to better treatment of the eating disorder. But others say the cause may be primarily environmental. By Lacee Shepard. FOR ALL POINTS
DOGS – State lawmakers are moving to repeal an outdated law requiring police to kill unlicensed dogs. The old law was meant to control the spread of rabies. We talk to a Mackinac County animal control officer, the Michigan Humane Society and the bill sponsor. By Nick Stanek. FOR ALL POINTS.
BEERBILL: Lawmakers are considering a tax break for brewers who use Michigan-grown crops in their beer in a bid to boost farming and craft beers and promote the state. The measure recently was introduced by a Taylor lawmaker on the House Agriculture Committee who is also a home brewer applies to makers of beer, mead, wine and hard cider. By Ashley Weigel. FOR BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE, DEADLINE DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.