July 2017, CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman & Dave Poulson

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other questions or problems, contact Eric Freedman, freedma5@msu.edu; (517) 355-4729.

2nd SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGES: This is thesecond of the summer’s three regular monthly packages of Michigan environmental stories for CNS members, in partnership with Great Lakes Echo.

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LAKESMUSIC: A Lansing couple’s forthcoming vinyl album, “Fair Mitten (New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin),” pays homage to Michigan’s history and natural beauty. One song describes what the Michigan Territory was like during the War of 1812, ranging from beer to from trading. They were also inspired by a map of the Grand Rapids-Indiana railroad line because the idea of traveling from Indiana to Michigan by railroad to go fishing captured their imaginations. By Kate Habrel. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS. Continue reading

Two species – one to preserve, one to control – challenge dam removal

By IAN WENDROW

Capital News Service

LANSING — A proposed dam removal along the Grand River faces significant delays due to its potential to disrupt river ecosystems. The environmental risks involve the fate of two species: sea lamprey and snuffbox mussels.

One needs to be kept out while the other needs to be protected.

The Sixth Street Dam in downtown Grand Rapids was installed in the mid-1800s to help ship milled logs downstream by controlling the water’s height and flow. It drowned the river’s naturally occurring rapids, allowing logs to float over them.

Eventually log transportation no longer relied on the river, but the dam remained.

Years of inadequate maintenance began to pose a hazard to kayakers and swimmers. In 2013, firefighters rescued two kayakers after the bumped against the dam and capsized. This and other accidents motivated city and state agencies to get the removal process going in earnest. Continue reading

May 30, 2017 CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman & Dave Poulson

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other questions contact Eric Freedman, freedma5@msu.edu, (517) 355-4729.

CLIMATE CHANGE PACKAGE: CNS, in partnership with Great Lakes Echo, is providing a special six-story package of Michigan-focused stories about climate change. Each story can stand alone, be run as a series or be run as a package.

1st REGULAR SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGE AHEAD: Our first package of Michigan environmental stories for CNS members in partnership with Great Lakes Echo will move in early June.

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CLIMATEPACKAGE1MICHIGANIMPACT. Is Michigan the place to weather the climate? Tough call. On average, the Great Lakes region is 2 two degrees warmer than in 1912, according to MSU- U of M’s Great Lakes Integrated Sciences Assessment. “You’re literally looking at an ecological experiment taking place in front of our eyes,” the state climatologist says. By Jack Nissen & Karen Hopper Usher. FOR ALL POINTS. Continue reading

April 28, 2017 CNS Budget

April 28, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

BONUS WEEK AHEAD: This is the last original file of the semester. Next week (May 5) we will move a bonus file of stories that moved previously this semester but remain timely.

SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGES: Again this summer, CNS plans to move three packages – in June, July and August — of Michigan environmental stories in partnership with Great Lakes Echo.

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MAYDAYACTION: On May Day, workers and immigrants will rally to protest President Trump’s immigration policies under the slogan “Rise up.” The seven Michigan cities scheduled to participate are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Pontiac, Battle Creek and Rochester. The action in Michigan is primarily sponsored by Michigan United. Other pro-immigrant groups are also supporting the event. By Chao Yan. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

Two stories on pay equity: Continue reading

April 14, 2017 CNS Budget

April 14, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

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RELIGIOUSFREEDOM: Some religious leaders are questioning the necessity of a House bill aimed at further protecting their First Amendment rights. The bill would allow ministers, clerics and other religious practitioners to refuse to marry couples who violate their religious beliefs. We talk to the bill co-sponsor from  Potterville, a youth pastor from Three Rivers, a rabbi from Kalamazoo and the executive director of a Kalamazoo LGBT resource center. By Caitlin Taylor. FOR THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, STURGIS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS. Continue reading

April 07, 2017 CNS Budget

April 7, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

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PUBLICLANDS: DNR has been having conversations on public land ownership, especially with the counties that have a large amount of public-owned lands. We interviewed county leaders who expressed their concerns that high percentages of state lands can be a burden on their tax revenue, and revenue brought by tourism and recreation activity are not enough to offset the loss. The Legislature and the DNR are working on a bill and managed lands strategy to try to give more voice to these affected counties. We also  talk to Cheboygan and Crawford county officials, an Escanaba senator and the Townships Association  By Chao Yan. FOR CHEBOYGAN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, PETOSKEY, SAULT STE. MARIE, CADILLAC, GLADWIN, LUDINGTON, ALCONA, BAY MILLS, MONTMORENCY, ST. IGNACE & ALL POINTS. Continue reading

March 31, 2017 CNS Budget

March 31, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

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CYBERATTACK: Small businesses are vulnerable to a wide variety of cyberthreats, like web-based attacks, scripting, phishing and ransomware. According to a 2016 report, 43 percent of cyberattacks target small businesses. We talk to small business development experts, people working in information companies and a nonprofit network, including ones in Traverse City and Grand Rapids. They all see the lack of awareness and knowledge among small business companies when it comes to cyberattacks. There are low-cost resources available to help small business boost its cybersecurity. By Chao Yan. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS. Continue reading

March 24, 2017 CNS Budget

March 24, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

FREE ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM WORKSHOP: Reminder: You and your staff are invited but seats are limited. MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism will host a free all-day workshop in Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 1. The topic is “Covering the Grand River – Covering Any River” and includes presentations by experts from DNR, DEQ, Annis Water Resources Institute, Environmental Health News and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council. It’s at Grand Valley’s L.V. Eberhard Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free lunch and free parking.  Register by email to Barb Miller at mille384.msu.edu Continue reading

March 17, 2017 CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

FREE ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM WORKSHOP: Reminder: You and your staff are invited but seats are limited. MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism will host a free all-day workshop in Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 1. The topic is “Covering the Grand River – Covering Any River” and includes presentations by experts from DNR, DEQ, Annis Water Resources Institute, Environmental Health News and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council. It’s at Grand Valley’s L.V. Eberhard Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free lunch and free parking.  Register by email to Barb Miller at mille384.msu.edu

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HEALTHCAREMICHIGAN: The Michigan League for Public Policy projects that some 2.5 million people in Michigan could lose their insurance under the Republican proposal for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Advocates say the bill could be particularly devastating for low-income and disabled populations in Michigan. State health officials say they are still trying to convince federal authorities that the Healthy Michigan initiative is worth saving. We talk to MDHHS director Nick Lyon, a former Clinton administration health official, the head of advocacy group SAIL in Marquette, and the Michigan League for Public Policy. By Isaac Constans. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS, SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.

MARCHFORSCIENCE: Advocates in 10 Michigan cities plan to participate in the national “March for Science” on April 22, calling attention to the value of science and the protection of the Great Lakes. The event has taken on new urgency since Trump unveiled his first budget plan on March 16, proposing cutting Environmental Protection Agency spending by 31 percent and eliminating climate change programs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. March towns include Petoskey, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Grand Rapids and Lansing. We talk to organizers in Petoskey, Lansing and Detroit. By Chao Yan. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY & ALL POINTS. Continue reading

February 17, 2017 CNS Budget

Feb. 17, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu.

For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627.

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BEACHGRANT: The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking proposals from local governments and nonprofit groups to monitor inland lakes. Winning proposals would share  $200,000 in two-year grants. Several agencies  plan to apply for this grant later this month. Local advocates said the funds could be insufficient to cover all the lakes they want to test. Another goal is to promote more efficient test technology to help localities respond more quickly to health threats. We talk to experts based in Traverse City, Bay City and the Central Michigan Health District. By Chao Yan. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, GLADWIN, HERALD-REVIEW & ALL POINTS. Continue reading