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Sept. 23, 2011 – Week 3
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WINDENERGY – A move to pool with neighbors the royalties generated by wind turbines could ease friction caused by large-scale wind farms. But some opponents say that is still not enough to offset the nuisance they cause. By Alex Mitchell.  For BLISSFIELD, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND, ALPENA AND ALL POINTS.
ORGANDONATION – The number of Michigan residents who agree to donate their organs after death has risen dramatically in recent months. The reason: They were asked. Officials attribute the record increase to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson who instructed her branch clerks to ask customers if they want to donate. By Courtney Culey.  For ANN ARBOR, LANSING AND ALL POINTS.
VETERANSBENEFITS – Fewer veterans apply for and receive veterans’ health care benefits in Michigan than in many other states. Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials are pushing to get benefits to vets who don’t realize they qualify for them. By Jacob Kanclerz.  For MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, IRON MOUNTAIN, CADILLAC and ALL POINTS.
GASLEAKS – Lawmakers are looking to streamline the cleanup of gasoline caused by thousands of leaking underground tanks in Michigan. They say that the lengthy cleanups disrupt local economic activity.  At the same time environmental groups are seeking to restore funds they say have been inappropriately diverted from that purpose. By Nick McWherter. For MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.
LANDFILL – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require only one instead of two liners under some state landfills.  By Shannan O’Neil For ALL POINTS.
MENTALHEALTH – Gov. Rick Snyder has called for improved delivery of services to Michigan’s mentally ill prisoners. What his administration plans to do about it is unclear. By Sam Inglot.  For ANN ARBOR AND ALL POINTS.
GOLD – Michigan wetland specialists are getting schooled in an obscure and unlikely area – gold prospecting. With prices reaching all time highs, Michigan has seen a boost in ambitious hobbyists searching for gold. The uptick in prospecting has caught the attention of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. By Brian Bienkowski. For ALL POINTS.

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