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.

Here is your file:

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.

Here is your file:

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

February 3, 2017 CNS Budget

Feb. 3, 2017 — Week 3

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.

Here is your file:

SELFCAREMONTH: A Senate resolution promoting healthy lifestyle choices was adopted on Jan. 26. Introduced by a Lawton senator, the resolution recognizes February as Self Care Month. We talk to the sponsor, a therapist in Holland, president of the Kalamazoo National Alliance on Mental Illness and Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s director of operations. By Caitlin Taylor. FOR HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, BLISSFIELD, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS Continue reading

January 27, 2017 CNS Budget

January 27, 2017 — Week 2

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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LOCALADVOCACY: Activists and advocacy organizations have seen an increase in civic engagement in local communities since the inauguration and the women’s marches that followed. We talk to a past candidate for Kent County drain commissioner; the president of AAUW Traverse City; president of the National Organization for Women Grand Rapids; the marketing and communications director for the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan in Petoskey; and  Rep. David LaGrand. By Caitlin Taylor. FOR PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, BLISSFIELD, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS. Continue reading

CNS budget Jan. 20 2017

Jan. 20, 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.

Welcome to our first regular file of the spring semester:

RURALSCHOOLS: Rural schools face unique challenges that don’t affect urban and suburban districts. Small staffs and big geographic areas lead to big responsibilities for school leaders, like  Mason County superintendents who get up at 4 a.m. on winter mornings to drive their districts and determine whether it’s safe to take kids to school. Transportation, teacher retention and internet access are all special challenges for rural educators. We talk to superintendents in Mason County and the MEA president. By Isaac Constans. For LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS

TITLEIXK-12: The nomination of Michigan’s Betsy DeVos to be U.S. secretary of education has focused new attention on equity issues in public schools. There already appears to be confusion in many school districts about their responsibilities under Title IX, and some activists and senators worry that it will get even less attention if DeVos is confirmed. We talk to MEA president, Anna Voremberg, managing director of End Rape on Campus and several school districts, including Three Rivers, Manistique, Marquette and Gladwin. By Caitlin Taylor. For HOLLAND, BLISSFIELD, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GLADWIN, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS Continue reading