Oct. 18, 2002 CNS Budget

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EDUCATION STATION: On Monday, your correspondents will be talking with Tom Watkins, state superintendent of public instruction, on a host of educational matters, including MEAP scores, minority retention, budget cuts and taxes. Vic Rauch is back as chief copy editor after a week’s absence to be with his son, Rob, who was undergoing brain surgery in Phoenix. Rob’s surgery was successful, and he will resume teaching first grade in a week.
Regular articles for week of Friday, October 18, 2002
HUNTINGDISEASES — Michigan hunters don’t appear concerned about animal diseases, such as chronic wasting disease, that might infect the wild game they hunt this season. By Spiros Gallos. FOR GRAYLING, MANISTEE & ALL POINTS.
US31 — Berrien County residents will have a chance to voice their concerns about a proposed interchange between I-94 and U.S. 31. The state Department of Transportation will conduct the hearing. By Spiros Gallos. FOR SOUTH BEND.
TOGETHER — Joint efforts to market tourist sites are beginning to pay dividends. By Aleks Tapinsh. FOR LUDINGTON, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND & TRAVERSE CITY.
VETS — Oral historians are hoping to gather information from military veterans in a day-long program Nov. 9 in conjunction with Veterans Day observations in Lansing. By Danny Layne. FOR STATE JOURNAL & ALL POINTS.
IRONMUSEUM — The Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee has raised $735,000 toward a goal of $1.8 million for expansion to attract more tourists. By Matt Furst. FOR U.P.
HEALTHINSURANCE — Hopes are fading for action soon on legislative bills designed to help small businesses deal with rising health care premiums. By Jessica Hulett. FOR TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
INSURANCESIDEBAR — Blue Cross is hoping that legislative action will come next year on reforms it feels are needed to make insurance rates fairer. By Jessica Hulett. FOR TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
TOLLS — No toll roads in Michigan, at least for the foreseeable future. That’s the word from the Michigan Department of Transportation. By Breanna Shepherd. FOR THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, MACOMB, ROMEO, C&G & ALL POINTS.
STJOEVETS — Three days of special events are scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 9-11 to honor U.S. veterans. By Krista Chambers. FOR THREE RIVERS & STURGIS.
OPINION — A federal judge recently supported the First Amendment’s guarantee of open doors on government. But it is a troubling time for citizens as the U.S. government practices censorship at the same time it preaches democracy to the world. This is an OPINION piece by Eric Freedman, a journalism professor at MSU and a Pulitzer prize winner. FOR ALL POINTS.

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