CNS Budget – April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018 – Week 1
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu.  
LAST REGULAR FILE FOR THE SPRING: This is our final regular weekly file of the spring semester. You’re welcome to continue using prior stories and visuals from our website.  
UPCOMING: On Wednesday, May 2, CNS will move a special package of articles about campaign financing reported by our partner, Spartan Newsroom.

CNS Budget – April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 – Week 13
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu. UPCOMING #1 FOR EDITORS: Next Friday, April 27, will be our final regular weekly file of the spring semester. You’re welcome to continue using prior stories and visuals from our website. UPCOMING #2 FOR EDITORS: On Wednesday, May 2, CNS will move a special package of articles about campaign financing reported by our partner, Spartan Newsroom.

CNS Budget – April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018 – Week 12
To: CNS Editors
From: Dave Poulson & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu.  
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TARTCHERRIES: Michigan is the country’s top producer of tart cherries but the industry is slammed by a sharp increase in lower-cost imports. A grower in Oceana County, the Farm Bureau and the Cherry Marketing Institute weigh in. By Kaley Fech.

CNS Budget – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 – Week 11
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu.  
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NATIVEHISTORY: Officials are taking a hard look at state historical markers that are offensive or inaccurate about Native Americans and ignore their contributions to Michigan and the Great Lakes region. One marker has been removed on Mackinac Island, where the state is converting a historic fur trader’s house to a Native American museum. Kalamazoo is removing a controversial statue showing settlers conquering native peoples.

CNS Budget – March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018 – Week 10
To: CNS Editors
From: Sheila Schimpf & Perry Parks
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu. Here’s your file:
RURALGRANTS: New grants for rural projects are going to Marquette, Ludington, Escanaba, Elk Rapids, Negaunee, White Pine, L’Anse, Newberry, Pentwater and the Michigan Blueberry Commission in Fennville. This story looks at how grants awarded last year are being used by the Marquette Watershed Partnership and two local business in Grand Traverse. By Riley Murdock.

CNS Budget – March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018 – Week 9
To: CNS Editors
From: Sheila Schimpf & Perry Parks
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu.  
REMINDER: MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: The Hall of Fame will induct four members on Sunday, April 15: Susan Ager, formerly of the Detroit Free Press; John McElroy of “Autoline This Week” and WWJ Radio; Jerome Vaughn of WDET; and Jim Wojcik of the Central Michigan University Department of Journalism. For details and registration for the dinner at MSU’s Kellogg Center, go to http://j-school.jrn.msu.edu/halloffame/. For questions, contact Kareen Lubas at lubaskar@msu.edu.

CNS BUDGET – March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 – Week 8
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu. Here’s your file:
DRINKINGWATER: When it comes to water, the contaminants you drink depend on where you live. Lead gets the most headlines but there are problems with arsenic, nitrate and volatile organic compounds. According to DEQ data, generally the further north you go, the safer your water is, although when it comes to nitrates, west is worse than east.

CNS Budget – March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018 – Week 7
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu. REMINDER TO EDITORS: Because of the MSU spring break, CNS won’t file stories on Friday, March 9. We resume our regular schedule on Friday, March 16,
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PRISONCLOSING: What happens to a small community when the state closes a prison that’s been a major employer? With the Corrections Department planning to shut the cell doors at Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon, we visit Coldwater to see what’s happened since Florence Crane Correctional Facility closed in 2011.

CNS Budget – Feb. 23, 2018

Feb. 23, 2018 – Week 6
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu.  
EARLY FILE NEXT WEEK: We’ll file Thursday, March 1, instead of Friday because of MSU’s spring break. There will not be a file on Friday, March 9.

CNS Budget – Feb. 16, 2018

Feb. 16, 2018 – Week 5
To: CNS Editors
From: Dave Poulson & Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu. For other matters, contact CNS Director Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu. Here’s your file:
TEACHERSALARIES: Average salaries for public school teachers in the state have dropped over the past five years, although the pattern varies by district. Some smaller districts have seen salary increases.