Sept. 22, 2017 — Week 3
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ROADKILL: Turkeys in traffic: Michigan police agencies last year reported 232 traffic accidents involving turkeys. For the first time police are identifying how often four species of wildlife other than deer — bears, elk, moose, turkeys — are involved in Michigan traffic accidents. Marquette, Oakland, Jackson and Cheboygan counties top the kill list for various species. By Jingjing Nie. FOR MARQUETTE, MANISTEE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, CHEBOYGAN, METRO TIMES AND ALL POINTS.
IMMUNIZATION: Parents wouldn’t have to learn about immunization and disease prevention to get their children waived from Michigan vaccination requirements under a proposed bill. But state health authorities say that the requirement has significantly lowered the rate of waivers Michigan gives while improving health. The state once gave the fourth most waivers but now ranks 11th. Houghton County has the highest waiver rate and Luce the lowest. By Kaley Fech. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE, METRO TIMES AND ALL POINTS
Editors: check vaccination rates in your county at: http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4914_68361-321114–,00.html
INFORMANT: Criminal informants could get a tenfold increase in pay under recently introduced legislation that would boost limits on payouts from $2,000 to $20,000. Sponsors include lawmakers from Mason, Oak Park, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Calumet and Warren. By Stephen Olschanski. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
ZIKA: State and local authorities are ramping up surveillance for the species of mosquitoes that causes the Zika virus in the wake of their discovery in Wayne County. They are also on the lookout for piles of tires and other areas where standing water can serve as breeding grounds for the insect that carries a disease that can cause birth defects. We hear from state, Wayne County and Kent County health officials and experts at MSU, Michigan Environmental Council and DEQ. By Jack Nissen. FOR METRO TIMES, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
STOUT&TROUT: Representatives of a wide range of environmental groups, government units and private companies gather several times a year for beer and casual conversation about the fate and future of the Great Lakes, including a recent gathering at an Ann Arbor microbrewery. We interview participants from the National Wildlife Federation and Great Lakes Observing System. By Steven Maier. FOR ALL POINTS
w/stouttrout1.jpg: Look out for these cutting-edge buoys on the Detroit River. Image: Kristin Schrader
LIFESKILLS – County jails have started to turn to programs that help keep inmates from returning. The lifeskills courses are similar to programs at state prisons, but aimed at offenders serving much shorter sentences at county jails, including Allegan County and Kent County programs. We also hear from the Sheriffs’ Association. By Jingjing Nie. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.