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Feb. 10, 2012 – Week 4
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HEALTHSHORTAGE: The Department of Community Health predicts a worsening physician shortage, especially of primary care doctors in rural areas and urban Detroit. Reasons include retirements, better-paying specialties and large debts owed by med school graduates. We also hear from a Clinton County health official and the state Medical Society. By Wei Yu. FOR LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
TRANSITFUND: Critics say federal legislation by U.S. Rep. Camp from Midland would severely harm operation of mass transit systems in rural Michigan. Transit officials from the Traverse City, Clinton County, Cadillac and Manistee areas discuss concerns. By Saodat Asanova-Taylor. FOR CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, & ALL POINTS.
FARMRECRUITMENT: Despite Michigan’s high unemployment rates, the state is recruiting out-of-state farm workers for such crops as cherries, cucumbers and strawberries. The National Farm Labor Organizing Committee is skeptical about the recruitment system that hasn’t been used enough. Farmers can get help at offices in Adrian, Dowagiac, Fremont, Holland, Lapeer, Ludington, Shelby, Sparta, Paw Paw, Ionia, Bay City and Traverse City. By Jennifer Chen. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, GREENVILLE, LUDINGTON, SOUTH BEND, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, LAPEER, BROWN CITY, BLISSFIELD, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
MOREDEER: An unseasonably warm winter means more deer roaming the U.P. woods. While that makes it easier for them to forage and avoid hungry predators, it also could mean more nuisance deer munching on farm crops. A Michigan Tech wolf expert and DNR wildlife biologists in Marquette and Newberry explain. By Jon Gaskell. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE & ALL POINTS.
PHARMACEUTICALDISPOSAL: DEQ grants to encourage safe disposal of unneeded and out-of-date medicines are designed to prevent water contamination. Although researchers have found no serious problem so far in Michigan, testing in Holland found tiny amounts of many compounds. We hear from a Barton City environmental group, city of Wyoming, pharmacists association and Michigan Recycling Coalition. By Xinjuan Deng. FOR ALPENA, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
w/PHARMACEUTICALDISPOSALGRAPHIC: Tips for safe disposal of unused medicines. Credit: Department of Environmental Quality.
FARMLABORREGULATIONS: Farmers are upset at a proposed federal rule to prohibit workers younger than 16, except on parent-owned farms. A Mt. Pleasant lawmaker says the regulations won’t make children safer, and the Farm Bureau says many Michigan farms rely on work by multigenerational relatives. U.S. Sen. Stabenow and U.S. Rep. Miller are pleased that the Labor Department is reconsidering. By Patrick Howard. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, SOUTH BEND, GREENVILLE, CLARE, GLADWIN, BLISSFIELD, THREE RIVERS, MACOMB, STURGIS, CADILLAC, ALPENA, LAPEER, BROWN CITY, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
POWERPLANTS: Emissions from the state’s nine oldest coal-powered electric plants are responsible for premature deaths in Michigan and nearby states, an environmental report says. Plants are in Ottawa, Wayne, Monroe, St. Clair, Muskegon, Huron and Bay counties. New EPA standards are meant to curb some of the hazards. DTE says the new rules may increase costs to customers. By Patrick Lyons. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
w/POWERPLANTSGRAPHIC1: Health impacts from older coal-fired power plants, Credit: Environmental Health and Engineering Inc.
w/POWERPLANTSGRAPHIC2: Health costs from nine-oldest coal-fired plants in Michigan. Credit: Environmental Health and Engineering Inc., Consumers Energy and DTE Energy.
BEACHGERMS: Current testing of beaches for E. coli doesn’t detect another potentially deadly germ, staph, which a researcher found at nine beaches on lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan. Experts at the Michigan Water Science Center and DEQ explain. By Carol Thompson. FOR ALPENA, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, SOUTH BEND & ALL POINTS.
WALLEYE: Male walleye in Saginaw Bay have much higher levels of a potentially dangerous chemical than females, and the reason is that they spend more time in the Saginaw River. Scientists from Western Michigan University and the U.S. Geological Survey office in Ann Arbor explain. For news and outdoors pages. By Brian Bienkowski. FOR ALPENA & ALL POINTS.

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