Oct. 12, 2012 CNS Budget

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Oct. 12, 2012 – Week 6
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AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT AHEAD: Your correspondents will interview Jamie Clover Adams, the new director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Monday, Oct. 15. Potential topics include agricultural exports, rural development, farmland preservation, crop trends and pesticide-related problems.
HOMELESSNESS:  While the number of homeless people declined statewide last year, numbers rose in the Northern Lower Peninsula. We talk to experts and advocacy groups in the Cheboygan-Emmet counties, Traverse City and Alpena-north central areas. The U.P. saw a  rise in single homeless people but a decline in homeless families. By Saodat Asanova-Taylor. FOR PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, CRAWFORD  COUNTY, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN
MANUFACTURINGGRANT: A $2.19 million federal grant is intended to spur manufacturing innovation and collaboration in Southeast Michigan. Money will fund an “advanced manufacturing innovation realization cluster project” that will connect manufacturers and community colleges from around the state. For news and business sections. By Celeste Bott. FOR ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ANN ARBOR & ALL POINTS.
DRUGSAFETY: Pharmacists and the Community Health Department say that, despite the meningitis outbreak, medications—including custom-mixed ones—are safe but that consumers should be informed about their medications. Aside from hospitals, Michigan has six accredited compounding pharmacies in Allen Park, Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, South Lyon and Ypsilanti.  By Lauren Gentile. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, ANN ARBOR, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITZIEN & ALL POINTS.
PARENTTRIGGER:  A Grand Blanc senator wants to make it easier to involve parents of low-performing schools in restructuring them. We hear from the Detroit schools president and legislators from Alto and West Bloomfield. By Yanjie Wang. FOR LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, ANN ARBOR, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
HUNTINGAPP: DNR has enhanced its online hunting app, which now lets users view 7 million acres of public hunting lands and print maps. There were 61,000 visits to MiHUNT in the past 12 months. Michigan United Conservation Clubs says the enhancements are especially helpful to newer hunters. DNR also has two free apps for fishing and other outdoor recreational activities. For news and outdoors pages. By Edith Zhou. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, CADILLAC, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, LAPEER, GLADWIN, HARBOR SPRINGS, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY & ALL POINTS.
NURSEPRACTIONERS: A Grand Rapids senator wants to let advanced practice registered nurses prescribe medications independently, saying the change would help ease a shortage of physicians in the state. It’s part of a move to give more autonomy to such health providers as dental hygienists, physician assistants and nurse anesthetists. We hear from health groups based in Canton and Okemos, Kent County Health Department, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Spectrum Health  Similar legislation by representatives from Warren, Caledonia, Clarklake, Atlantic Mine and Vulcan is in a House committee. By Silu Guo. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MACOMB, JACKSON, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
DAMS: DNR will spend $2.35 million to manage and remove unsafe and obsolete dams that serve no economically useful purpose and may disturb aquatic habitats. DEQ says 300 are at high risk. We learn more from Trout Unlimited and the Barry Conservation District. By Yanjie Wang. FOR LANSING, MARQUETTE, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
BREASTFEEDING:  The Department of Community Health’s Women, Infants and Children’s program is expanding its emphasis on breastfeeding to promote maternal and child health.  We also hear from Metro Detroit and Ludington hospital experts. By Anjana Schroeder. FOR ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN,  LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
BUSINESSTAX: Michigan has made significant progress on the business tax front, moving from 18th to 12th among business tax-friendly states, according to a new national study.  We hear from Tax Foundation, League for Public Policy and a Warren-based business group. For news and business pages. By Lauren Gibbons. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
BADJUDGES: It’s been a rough year for some judges, including two facing formal ethics changes in Ottawa and Wayne counties and two bounced from the bench in Jackson and Inkster.  Most complaints are dismissed, however, and the Judicial Tenure Commission privately disposes of others, including some that involve bad behavior in the courtroom, political activity and improper dealings with lawyers and litigants. By Eric Freedman. FOR JACKSON, HOLLAND, LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

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