WATCH: Trump Impeachment Trial Opens and Flight Dumps Fuel Mid-Air

Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over the impeachment trial of President Trump that officially opened today in the Senate, almost a month after the House voted to impeach the President. The Senate will look to determine if the President acted in obstruction of Congress and in abuse of his power. A flight heading to Shanghai dumps fuel on heavily populated school district in Los Angeles as it stopped for engine problems.

Export controls, U.S.-China trade relationship, affect Michigan technology goods

Michigan high-tech exports — which make up 1.1% of the U.S. total— may be subject to government controls partly due to international trade conflicts with the state’s third-biggest export market, China. Congress passed the Export Control Reform Act last year to regulate the transfer of specified technologies, information and services from the U.S., including artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, robotics, advanced computing technology and advanced surveillance technologies. A U-M economist and a Lansing trade lawyer explain. For business and news sections. By Mila Murray.

International students commonly use friends and family as resources for news, find American news too generic


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Some residents of the United States are well-informed about what’s happening, whether it’s concerning politics, social issues or more trivial information like celebrity gossip. 

We’re surrounded by news all the time. We can turn on the television, tune into one of many channels and obtain information. 

Or we can open Twitter, scroll to the News page and view the trending hashtags. 

Or we can open the app for a newspaper we’re subscribed to and learn what’s happening that way. 

We’re used to being knowledgeable, which makes it hard to believe that many international students have to work to find some of their news. 

International students come from countries thousands of miles away with different governments, policies and social constructs. 

The news that happens in the United States may matter to them, but in four years when some return home with a degree, they need to know what they’ve missed, what changes there were and what happened while they’ve been pursuing their education. “American news displays everything happening in America,” senior Elementary Education major Xinwei Zou of China said. “News in China is filtered by the government.”

The way media in the United States presents information to its viewers is far different than the way media in many other countries do. 

“News in South Korea has so much specific information,” Michigan State University junior Jiyun Park of South Korea said.

‘The media brings in light’: International students talk press freedom, bias, following news from home countries

By Mila Murray

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As neuroscience senior Ece Erder, 21, of Istanbul, Turkey, closely followed the worldwide news coverage of her city’s mayoral election this past summer, she thought: “Is this really about to happen?”

The election, which Vox Media reported “delivered a big victory for Turkey’s democracy,” shocked the nation as opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu was elected for the second time in a row. 

For Erder, who travels to Chicago to vote in Turkey’s elections, keeping up with what’s happening back at home is important. 

Last year, 6,260 international students from 140 countries were enrolled at Michigan State University, according to the Office for International Students and Scholars’ annual statistical report. Though Erder is technically not an international student, she and her family moved to the U.S. right before she started college. 

“Personally, I know what side of the news I stand by, and I know what side of the news I don’t care about,” Erder said. “And in Turkey, it’s pretty polarized.”

CNN Turk and Cumhuriyet — a daily newspaper headquartered in Istanbul — are news outlets Erder said she turns to the most. Although she’s aware they align more with her views than other publications, she said CNN Turk and Cumhuriyet tend to be perceived as more credible and less biased than other Turkish media, which are largely controlled by the government.. 

“Whatever [the news] is, it is,” Erder said.

Michigan State partnered with the UN to research the importance of inland fisheries

There’s a global challenge to feed rural and poor populations. A new study, however, finds that there is a key source to help provide the proper nutrients to those communities that need it. “Inland fisheries are particularly important for some countries,” Abigail Bennet said. She helped research and find the power in freshwater fisheries around the world. “95 percent of the world’s inland fisheries production comes from developing countries,” Bennett said.

American news content baffles international students

How well does the U.S. news media cover events beyond our borders? Not too well, according to MSU students from Brazil, Canada, Germany and France, even when it’s a major story elsewhere, such as the wildfires in the Amazon. As one put it: “It might be a cliché, but I feel that some Americans think they are alone in this world. And the major news outlets in America reflect that.” By Kamryn Romano.

WATCH: Baby found on the side of the road

On this week’s edition of Spartan News Updates, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Basketball player Lebron James joins China debate and President Trump’s cabinet reacts to impeachment inquiries. Check out all this and more on this episode of Spartan News Update.

The East Lansing Recycling Drop-off Center provides local residents with pre-sorted recycling bins as a supplement to its single-stream curbside recycling program.

Higher costs put community recycling programs at risk

Sharply higher costs are putting strains on community recycling programs — even pushing some cities to send all of their waste to landfills instead. The problem is due in large part to the trade war with China, once the largest buyer of recyclable materials from the U.S. In January 2018, China imposed tariffs and bans on Americans’ waste materials like cardboard and plastics. That’s led to a steep drop in the price waste companies can get for raw recyclable materials. Recyclers have increased fees for processing cities’ waste to make up for those losses. Lansing paid $6.42 per ton to recycle waste gathered from its curbside recycling program in January 2018.