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Nov. 9, 2012 – Week 10
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CORRECTION: A quote on behalf of Macomb Community College in “Community colleges, manufacturers team up to fill middle-skill jobs” that moved Nov. 2 should have been attributed to Joe Petrosky, dean of engineering and advanced technology, rather than to Tricia Walding-Smith. It has been corrected on the CNS website.

BIOMETRICS: If you’re trying to hide your identity, your voice—even your body odor—may give away your secret. The State Police’s Biometrics and Identification Unit — the first among the states — is moving beyond fingerprints, palm prints, mug shots and DNA to put names onto unidentified faces. We also hear from an Oakland County forensics expert and the FBI. By Yanjie Wang. FOR ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
WATERWAYSCOMMISSION: The head of the Waterways Commission, from Grosse Point Farm, wants to require non-motorized craft like kayaks and canoes to register, thus generating more fees for state dredging and other projects. Dredging is a priority in light of low water levels, says a new commissioner from Harbor Springs. Two other new members are from Grand Rapids and Lansing. By Lauren Gentile. FOR HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD REVIEW, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALPENA, ST. IGNACE, HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MACOMB, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
DATAANLYSIS: Rapid analysis of crime data will enable police to quickly deploy officers to crime hotspots, says the State Police director. The information can be shared by federal, state and local agencies and is used now in the state’s most violent cities: Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw. We also hear from Royal Oak police chief and Flint State Police post commander. By Celeste Bott. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
FOODSAFETY: The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s new food safety website has easy-to-access information, including inspection reports for grocery and convenience stores. The Allegan County Health Department posts its restaurant inspection reports online. We also talk to the Grocers Association. By Edith Zhou. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
COOPERATION: The State Police is cooperating with MSU, U of M and Western Michigan and Central Michigan universities on research and training, Topics range from criminal identification to traffic safety to homicide investigation. By Silu Guo. FOR ANN ARBOR, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
REGIONALIZEDSTATEPOLICE: Troopers are on patrol in Inkster, in addition to better-publicized major cooperative initiatives in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw. State Police and Inkster officials explain how the regional approach works. Meanwhile, votes in Royal Oak and Saginaw Township approved millages to increase police spending. The Association of Chiefs of Police discusses. By Anjana Schroeder. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
DNA: Senators from Lawton and Grand Ledge want to allow the police to collect DNA samples from all felony suspects when they’re arrested rather than waiting for conviction, a move supported by the State Police. However, the idea raises ACLU  concerns about invasion of privacy and unreasonable police searches. By Lauren Gibbons. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
SENATEANALYSIS: An analysis shows why and how Stabenow won so handily and Hoekstra bombed so badly, including showings in Allegan, Ottawa, Kent, Sanilac, U.P, Shiawassee, Wayne, Ingham, Washtenaw, Alpena and Berrien. She outpaced Obama in almost every county, while Hoekstra lagged behind 2006 nominee Bouchard of Oakland County. By R.J. Wolcott. FOR HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, LANSING, ANN ARBOR, ALPENA, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, BROWN CITY & ALL POINTS.
ENERGYANALYSIS:  Environmental groups are preparing their next move after voters rejected a mandate for 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources. Three of the four counties with the greatest percentage of no votes have wind farms –Missaukee, Huron and Osceola – and other high-rejection counties include Sanilac, Emmet and Delta. It passed only in Washtenaw County. Consumers Energy is working on wind projects in Mason and Tuscola counties. We also hear from Michigan Environmental Council and Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. By Zachary Peña. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, BROWN CITY, LAKE COUNTY, CADILLAC, HERALD REVIEW, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, ANN ARBOR & ALL POINTS.
PARTISANANALYSIS: Although Obama won Michigan, many counties shifted towards the Republican Party. He lost 12 counties he’d carried in 2008 and won only one GOP county this year, Van Buren, compared to five in 2008. Analysts say the GOP has a serious diversity problem. By Becky McKendry. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, SOUTH BEND & ALL POINTS.

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