Feb. 10, 2017
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VIOLENCEGRANTS: Gov. Snyder’s latest budget proposal includes $4.3 million in state-administered federal grants toward preventing gender violence, but some local nonprofits are worried about losing support under the Trump administration. Many organizations are most concerned about losing the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program, which allows nonprofits to hire advocates to provide courtroom support for victims in both civil and criminal cases. We talk with advocates in Big Rapids and Marquette and representatives of the State Police. Other affected communities include Three Rivers, Holland, Grand Rapids, Cadillac and Sault Ste. Mari. eBy Caitlin Taylor. FOR BIG RAPIDS, HOLLAND, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, STURGIS, MANIISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
TRANSGENDERBOYSCOUTS: A recent decision by the Boy Scouts to admit transgender members broke years of tradition. Advocacy groups across the state were elated with the choice, and said members of the community believe it makes a dramatic difference in attitudes. By Isaac Constans. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
STATEPOWERDEVOS: Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she wants to return more power to the states. Education officials in Michigan offer their support for this shift, as they say the state’s education woes are partly a product of unnecessary federal intervention. They assert state educators know what’s best for Michigan’s schoolchildren, and can achieve higher educational success than the federal government. We speak with officials from the state Department of Education and the superintendent of Gladwin Community Schools. By Laina Stebbins. FOR BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, OSCEOLA, GLADWIN, GREENVILLE, OCEANA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS