Sept. 28, 2012 CNS Budget

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Sept. 28, 2012 – Week 4
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IN-DEPTH WEEK AHEAD: Our next file, Friday, Oct. 5, will be our first in-depth week of the semester.
BIRDINGCAPITAL: No such honor for Pigeon in the Thumb, Hawks northwest of Alpena, Eagle near Lansing or Eagle Harbor in the UP. A Midland senator and Oscoda enthusiast want Iosco County as Michigan’s official birding capital, citing its natural areas and nesting site of the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. The Audubon Society prefers endorsing a greater number of birding-friendly communities. By Lauren Gentile. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALPENA, CADILLAC, LANSING, MARQUETTE, LAPEER, BROWN CITY, GLADWIN & ALL POINTS.
w/BIRDINGCAPITALPHOTO: Kirtland’s warbler. Credit: Department of Natural Resources.
EMERGENCYMANAGER: Analysis of the ballot controversy about Proposal 1 that will determine the fate of the emergency manager law. We hear from the sponsor from Stevensville, legislative critic from Detroit, MSU expert, governor and members of Detroit’s school board and Flint’s city council. Other affected municipalities and school districts are Inkster, Benton Harbor, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac, Highland Park and Allen Park. By Yanjie Wang. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, LANSING, SOUTH BEND, LUDINGTON, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
CHINA-MICHIGAN: The recent trade mission to China by the governor and 21 companies was intended to boost export and investment opportunities for Michigan firms. The state’s exports to China grew by 1,170 percent between 2000 and last year. We talk to MEDC, Snyder’s office and participating companies in Ann Arbor and Taylor. For news and business pages. By Yanjie Wang. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, ANN ARBOR, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
COTTAGETAXES: The cottage or cabin Up North is a longtime Michigan family tradition, and to continue that tradition, a Presque Isle lawmaker says property tax increases should be limited when ownership transfers from one relative to another. In the House, the only no votes were from Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Redford and Farmington Hills lawmakers. The Association of Counties supports it, despite potential revenue loss but the Townships Association doesn’t. By Lauren Gibbons. FOR ALPENA, LUDINGTON, CADILLAC, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, GLADWIN, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, GREENVILLE, ANN ARBOR, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
PROTECTDUNES: New research is being used to protect Lake Michigan’s sand dunes – with their archeological and environmental importance – from damage by development, tourism, invasive species and changing Great Lakes water levels. The state archaeologist, a MSU geographer, Mears State Park official and Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce discuss. By Silu Guo. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE, SOUTH BEND, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
w/PROTECTDUNESPHOTO: Cover of “The Geoarchaeology of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes.” Credit: Michigan State University Press.
YOUTHINMICHIGANMILITARY: A distressing 75 percent of potential members of the armed services from Michigan lack the education, physical fitness or clean criminal record necessary to serve, a new national report says. A former state adjutant general and a former Michigan Air National Guard commander support a Saginaw senator’s $140 million proposal for improved for early childhood education, saying it’s necessary to start earlier to prepare potential recruits. By Celeste Bott. FOR LANSING & ALL POINTS.
OFFROADVEHICLES: Pending legislation, including bills by lawmakers from Clare and Newaygo, would open more areas to off-road vehicle use. We talk to the Gladwin County sheriff and county commissioner, Mason County Road Commission and advisory group member. By Anjana Schroeder. FOR GLADWIN, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALPENA, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, GREENVILLE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS & ALL POINTS.
SOYBEANS: Soybean farmers are experiencing mixed results this year due to the extreme weather. We hear from a Nottawa Township farmer, Extension agents in Southwest Michigan and the Soybean Promotion Committee. Other major producers include Lenawee, Eaton, St. Joseph, Clinton, Montcalm and Lapeer counties. By Edith Zhou. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, BLISSFIELD, GREENVILLE, LAPEER, LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
DRUGTAKEBACK: Programs to take back unused medications –averting potential environmental damage and diversion for criminal purposes – are popular in Michigan. Turned-in drugs are incinerated in Wyoming, Mich. But the programs are technically illegal. DNR isn’t prosecuting and a Richmond legislator wants to make them legal. DNR and the Michigan Pharmacists Association discuss. By Dmitri Barvinok. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.

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