Sept. 26, 2014 – Week 3
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FARMLABOR: A labor shortage is forcing Michigan farmers to make tough decisions about next year’s crops, especially hand-picked peaches and asparagus. Some growers are pulling out their peach trees. Apple growers are doing fine, however. We talk to the director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Farm Bureau and farmers in Ludington and the Michigan Apple Committee. By Jordan Bradley. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
SCHOOLDEBT: Nearly 50 districts and charter schools face deficits, new Department of Education data shows, including Benton Harbor, Mackinaw City. Detroit, Alpena, Vanderbilt, White Cloud and Menominee. Lawmakers from Saginaw and Traverse City want to tighten regulations for high-deficit districts, but the Association of School Boards has qualms about the legislation. By Ian Kullgren. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, ALPENA, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
PIONEERBOOK: A new history book filled with abolitionists, railroad titans, Women’s Christian Temperance Unionists, suffragettes, graft, corruption, politics and corporate greed tells the story of 19th century Lansing. A common thread is the lives of two influential families, the Turners and the Dodges, some of whom owned mines and timberland in the UP. The author of “Pioneers, Reformers & Millionaires” is a former curator of the Michigan Women’s Historic Center and Hall of Fame. By Sheila Schimpf. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
w/http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/files/2014/09/5831359_orig.jpg. “Pioneers, Reformers & Millionaires.”
SNAKES: Conservation biologists have built the first artificial home for snakes in northern Michigan, removing a dam on the North Branch of the Manistee near Kalkaska to do it. The project involves Traverse City-based Conservation Resource Alliance and Chelsea-based Herpetological Resource and Management. By Kevin Duffy. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
w/SNAKESRESTORATIONPHOTO: A restoration specialist uses a videoscope to detect snakes. Credit: Herpetological Resource and Management.
w/SNAKESMONITORINGPHOTO: A team member monitors a hibernaculum. Credit: Herpetological Resource and Management
LAWYERS: Legal fees vary tremendously across the state, with the highest in downtown Detroit and the lowest in the UP, a new State Bar of Michigan survey shows. Average hourly rates can range significantly even in similar adjoining counties such as Mason and Manistee. Many people can’t afford to hire a lawyer. The executive director of Legal Aid of Western Michigan and a Wayne State law professor discuss implications for the public and for aspiring lawyers. By Eric Freedman. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CADILLAC, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, LAKE COUNTY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
w/LAWYERSGRAPHIC: Average salaries for lawyers. Source: State Bar of Michigan.
TRACKINGINVADERS: Citizen scientists are being recruited to fight invasive and non-indigenous species through a smartphone app that lets the public report the presence of the unwanted critters. We talk to Michigan Sea Grant experts in Ottawa County and Arbor and to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. By Chelsea Mongeau. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, GREENVILLE, ALPENA, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
w/TRACKINGINVADERSIMAGE: This smartphone app lets citizens play a role in detecting the spread of invasive species. Credit: Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
DEERLAKE: Michigan officials and Marquette County residents hope that the U.S. State Department will act by the end of October to remove Deer Lake in Ishpeming from the list of Areas of Concern, major international toxic hot spots in the U.S. and Canada. Cleanup efforts have been underway since 1987. We hear from the DEQ, Ishpeming city manager and a leader of the local advisory council. By Celeste Bott. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
w/DEERLAKEPHOTO: Deer Lake in Ishpeming. Credit: Stephanie Swart, Department of Environmental Quality.