Apr. 26, 2002 CNS Budget

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TIME TO SAY GOODBYE FOR THE SUMMER: This is our last package of stories for the Spring Semester 2002 edition of Capital News Service. We’ve enjoyed serving you, and we especially enjoyed seeing our stories in your papers! We’ll be back with you in the fall with a new crew of writers ready to meet your needs.

Articles for week of Friday, April 26, 2002

  • HEALTHCARE — Senior citizens — and future senior citizens — need to pay more attention to potential long-term care needs, say community health officials. For a start, check the fine print in insurance policies, they suggest. By Maureen O’Hara. FOR MIDLAND.

  • TOBACCOMONEY — Some Southwest Michigan legislators contend that calls for designating more of Michigan’s tobacco settlement funds for health-related programs are off base. They say the Legislature is best equipped to make these decisions. By Catherine Byrne. For SOUTH BEND, STURGIS & HILLSDALE.

  • BOVINETB — Bovine tuberculosis found in an elderly Michigan man who died earlier this year wasn’t the cause of his death, but Michigan health officials are continuing to investigate how the victim contracted the disease. An IN-DEPTH REPORT by Wanda Reese. FOR ALL POINTS.

  • BOVINETBUP — Health officials in Northern Michigan say the infection of a deceased elderly man with bovine tuberculosis is extremely rare, but they urge testing and caution for people who come into contact with potentially infected animals. By Chris Yagelo. FOR UPPER PENINSULA.

  • DRUGLIST — State health officials contend that financial rather than patient interests are behind opposition to the state’s new “preferred drug” list for Medicaid beneficiaries. By Tracey Glazener. FOR GRAND RAPIDS.

  • SEWERBOND — A $1 billion state bond program for sewer upgrades may help solve septic tank and waste-disposal problems in places like Leelanau County. By Elizabeth Daneff. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY & MANISTEE.
  • NEXTENERGY — NextEnergy, an economic development plan to promote research, development and manufacture of alternative energy technologies, will help assure the maintenance of job levels in Michigan, according to its backers. By Allison Miriani. FOR ROMEO & LAPEER.
  • VACCINESHORTAGE — State health officials have been spacing out immunization series in order to make up for shortages in supplies of vaccines. By Wanda Reese. FOR LANSING, CADILLAC & GRAYLING.
  • JOBLESSSTRESS — Loss of a job can be devastating. It can affect one’s self-image and overall emotional health, according to health care experts. By Wanda Reese. FOR PETOSKEY, LANSING & U.P.
  • DONATIONS — Efforts to raise money to help needy families with child-care costs are being explored in a Senate committee. One idea is to seek donations through the Secretary of State’s license offices. By Audrey L. Barney. FOR GREENVILLE.

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