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Nov. 20, 2012 – Week 12
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MANUFACTURERS AHEAD: On Monday, Nov. 27, your correspondents will interview Chuck Hadden, president of the Michigan Manufacturers Association. Potential interview topics include legislative priorities for 2013; growth areas/niches for manufacturers; impact of expected federal policies in 2013; and outsourcing.
PEDIATRICHOSPICE: The lack of hospice care for terminally ill children in mid-Michigan has spurred a Lansing hospital to pilot a pediatric hospice program. A 4-year-old East Lansing boy is its first patient. Southeast and West Michigan have the most options. We talk to hospice experts in Jackson, Ann Arbor, Ada and DeWitt.  By Yanjie Wang. FOR LANSING, ANN ARBOR, JACKSON & ALL POINTS.
PATHWAYS: Community colleges are competing for six grants to fund “pathways” initiatives to help students learn basic skills necessary to succeed in their courses. Grand Rapids Community College would coach and counsel adult learners if it receives a Center for Student Success grant. By Lauren Gentile. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
CYBERSECURITY: Concerned about the threats of hacking, identity theft and illegal access to medical records, the state is contracting with an Ann Arbor company to provide team-based cybersecurity training. We talk to the state’s chief security officer, a company official, State Police and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. By Anjana Schroeder. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING, ANN ARBOR & ALL POINTS.
PETSWASTE: Pet owners who don’t clean up after their animals run the risk of creating human health hazards and water pollution, according to the EPA. Experts from DEQ and MSU describe the potential hazards and advise on the importance of scooping up and properly disposing of pet poop. By Edith Zhou. FOR LANSING, LUDINGTON, SOUTH BEND, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, CADILLAC, LAKE COUNTY, BIRG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, HERALD REVIEW, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
INCOMEGAP: The income gap between rich and poor in Michigan has widened, a new study shows. We also hear from the League for Public Policy and a U of M expert. By Celeste Bott. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, JACKSON, ANN ARBOR, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
LABORSHORTAGES: Research by a Kalamazoo-based institute throws into question widely reported concerns about a shortage of skilled workers for manufacturing jobs in Michigan and other Midwest states. The Michigan Manufacturers Association and the president of a Grand Rapids business insist the shortage is real. By Lauren Gibbons. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
WRITERS&TRAINS: Two new books highlight Michigan authors and train stations, and some of them connect, including novelist Maritta Wolff and the depot at Grass Lake, poet Robert Frost and the depot in Ann Arbor and Civil War historian Bruce Catton whose dreams were sparked by the trains passing through Benzonia. He also learn about classic depots in Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Detroit, Charlevoix, Iron Mountain, Three Oaks, Columbiaville and Lawton. By Eric Freedman. FOR JACKSON, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ANN ARBOR, TRAVERSE CITY, SOUTH BEND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LAPEER, MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
w/WRITERS&TRAINSPETOSKEYPHOTO: 1892 Chicago & West Michigan Railway depot in Petoskey. Credit: Michael Hodges
w/WRITERS&TRAINSGRASSLAKEPHOTO: 1887 Michigan Central Railroad depot in Grass Lake. Credit: Michael Hodges
SEALAMPREY: A new $392,000 grant will pay for testing sea lamprey repellant on three spawning streams in the state. It’s part of a continuing effort to control the parasitic lamprey that prey on Great Lakes fish. An MSU scientists and the International Joint Commission explain the project. By Dmitri Barvinok. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, SOUTH BEND, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, PETSOKEY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, ALPENA & ALL POINTS.
w/SEALAMPREYPHOTO: Sea lamprey attacking a lake trout. Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
PRESIDENTIALANALYSIS: More than 58,000 voters didn’t mark their ballots for any presidential candidate, twice as many participated in the 2008 election but skipped voting for president. The 2008 McCain Obama contest produced 42 purple Michigan counties, but only 16 this year, including Macomb. Obama won more votes in Wayne County this year than last time. Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Inside Michigan Politics experts explain. By Camryn Ginsberg. FOR LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
 NEWENERGYPLANT: As Holland officials wrestle with the question of replacing the city’s aging coal-fired electric plant, environmentalists worry that a possible new natural gas plant will fuel demands for fracking in northern Michigan. We talk to the city utility, Sierra Club and Clean Water Action. By Michael Gerstein. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDIGNTON, MANISTEE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY,C ADILALC, BIG RAPIDS, GLADWIN, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.

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