Nov. 16, 2012 – Week 11
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EARLY FILE ON THANKSGIVING WEEK: Next week we will file on Tuesday, Nov. 20, instead of Friday due to the holiday
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
WINEEXPORTS: The Grape and Wine Council and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development hope to build the overseas market for Michigan wines. At least one winery is already shipping to China, and the department recently held a how-to-do-it seminar. A Leelanau Peninsula winery prefers to focus on sales to other Midwest states rather than overseas. By Edith Zhou. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, SOUTH BEND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, HARBOR SPRINGS & ALL POINTS.
METH: Meth labs remain a serious problem in Michigan. The State Police alone have handled more than 400 meth “incidents” so far this year. As fast as they shut down a meth lab, another springs up. We also hear from St. Joseph County sheriff’s official and the Lansing-area Tri-County drug task force. By Lauren Gentile. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, LANSING, HOLLAND, CADILLAC, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
DOCTORSHORTAGE: More than 10 rural counties are hit the hardest by a shortage of general practitioners and specialists, including Wexford, Gladwin, Roscommon and Crawford, the Department of Community Health says. The problem is complicated and hard to solve but one answer—tried successfully in Cadillac– may be to grow-your-own doctor. Hospital officials in Cadillac and Grayling discuss. Michigan State Medical Society wants more residencies for medical students. By Anjana Schroeder. FOR CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN & ALL POINTS.
MARIJUANA: Voter approval of local marijuana laws in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti is creating problems and challenges for the State Police and local law enforcement agencies. The Drug Enforcement Administration repeats its position that federal law trumps such local ordinances. By Lauren Gibbons. FOR ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
INCUBATORS: MEDC plans to award $6 million in grants for high-performance business incubators in Kent, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Houghton or Isabella counties or one in Mason County that also serves Lake, Manistee and Oceana counties. We hear from MEDC, the Grand Rapids economic development director and a Detroit business incubator. By Silu Guo. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, ANN ARBOR, LAKE COUNTY, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
VETERANSDENTALASSISTANCE: Many veterans don’t apply for federal and state dental assistance, leading to potentially serious health problems. The Dental Association and two state agencies are working on an information campaign. We also hear from a Saginaw Township senator. By Saodat Asanova-Taylor. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
INNOVATIONCENTER: Manufacturers will soon have access to digital modeling and simulation tools through GE’s Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Detroit, with MEDC funding and support from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences in Ann Arbor. The simulation software will improve and accelerate manufacturing by making the state more globally competitive, expanding suppliers and creating jobs. We also hear from a Van Buren Township business, Northwest Michigan College and Michigan Tech, For news and business pages. By Celeste Bott. FOR ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
SEALANTS: A Canton Township legislator wants to ban coal-tar pavement sealants that may kill aquatic animals and pose a possible human health risk. The chemicals run into lakes and streams, primarily from parking lots. An industry group says there’s no scientific evidence of adverse effects. We also hear from a Geological Survey hydrologist. By Patrick Lyons. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, HOLLAND, LAKE COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, HERALD REVIEW, GREENVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.