March 24, 2017 CNS Budget

March 24, 2017

To: CNS Editors

From: Perry Parks and Sheila Schimpf

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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

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.

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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

January 6, 2017 CNS Budget – Post-Holidays Environmental Bonus

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson

This is a bonus budget of Michigan environmental stories produced recently by Great Lakes Echo and moved before our first regular file of the spring semester.

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

For other issues contact David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com. (517) 899-1640.

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WOLVES&COYOTES: A predatory rivalry is playing out in the forests of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s wolves vs coyotes vs foxes and the effects of this competition are felt on down the food chain to deer mice, according to a recent study. Coyotes are like jerk roommates that steal your food, researchers say. That’s why wolves hate their fellow canid. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

w/WOLVES&COYOTESPHOTO: A wolf pup nestled in grass. Credit: Brett Peters

CANOES: (Review) In the early 20th century, Michigan’s Belle Isle Park on the Detroit River was a hot spot for canoedling.  Couples used canoes designed for courting with seats facing each other and often with a Victrola on board. Long before that, canoes were key to opening the Great Lakes region up for exploration and fur trapping. Those are just a couple uses of the versatile craft examined in a new book, “Canoes: A Natural History in North America.” By Marie Orttenburger. FOR ALL POINTS Continue reading

December 9, 2016 CNS Budget

Dec. 9, 2016

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson 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 David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com. (517) 899-1640.

Note: This is the last original file of the semester. Next week we will move a bonus file of stories that moved previously this semester but remain timely.

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CONFINEMENT: State officials are worried that solitary confinement in prisons can exacerbate violence and mental health issues among inmates. Michigan has no age or time limits for putting inmates in administrative segregation, most commonly known as solitary confinement. While advocates push for statewide reforms, Marquette’s Alger Correctional Facility is pioneering ways to minimize the impact of solitary confinement. We talk to corrections officials and prisoner advocates. By Ray Wilbur. FOR MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS

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Budget Nov. 18, 2016

Nov. 18, 2016

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson 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 David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com. (517) 899-1640.

Editors note: Stories next week will move Tuesday to accommodate Thanksgiving.

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CHINAINVESTMENT: While the presidential campaign stirred fears of job loss and outsourcing to China, efforts to bring Chinese investment to Michigan are reinvigorating manufacturing plants that have been vacant for years. Since 2011, 23 Chinese companies moved to the state, creating 3,541 jobs and investing $649.5 million in 11 cities. By Ray Wilbur. FOR CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS

SMOKERS: The number of births to women who smoke while pregnant skyrocketed 18 percent from 2008 to 2014, according to a recent report by the Michigan League for Public Policy. Rates are particularly high in rural counties and also associated with lower education levels, health experts say. By Bridget Bush. FOR ALL POINTS

w/CHART1 – Rate of births by mothers who smoke during pregnancy by county.

w/MAP1 – Rate of births by mothers who smoke during pregnancy by county.

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October 28, 2016 CNS Budget

Oct. 28, 2016

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson 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 David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com. (517) 899-1640.

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ENDORSEMENTS: Unlicensed motorcyclists face higher fines next year in an attempt by state officials to keep more of them alive. As many as 40 percent of riders killed don’t have license endorsements indicating that they’ve taken skills and safety tests. The endorsement is required for riding on public roads, but many riders fail to get it as they do not need it to register their motorcycle. Among the people we talk to are the Alcona County undersheriff and a State Police officer at the Houghton post. Sponsors are from Marquette and Grand Ledge By Alexander Smith. FOR ALCONA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, MARQUETTE, LANSING AND ALL POINTS.

TELEPSYCHIATRY: A lack of psychiatric counselors, particularly in rural areas, and an increase in mental illness has created the need for health care that transcends county and city lines. Mental health therapy  through video conferences is one answer, some health officials say. But some experts are concerned that it can be adequately regulated. By Ray Wilbur. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS Continue reading