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Jan. 18, 2013 – Week 1
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WELCOME BAY MILLS NEWS & DEADLINE DETROIT.COM: We’re pleased to welcome the two newest members of Capital News Service.
SCHOOLBULLYING: Some North Michigan school districts, including Alpena and St. Ignace, launched anti-bullying policies and programs well before the new state law kicked in to require such policies. We talk to them and the Department of Civil Rights, which is making the issue a priority this year. By Justine McGuire. FOR ALPENA, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
HEALTHINFONETWORK: A Michigan Health Care Information Network pilot project involving electronic exchange of information about patients in Grand Rapids-area hospitals is expected to speed patient assessments, improve treatment and save money. Plans are to extend it to Detroit-area hospitals. Other participants so far are in Big Rapids, UP and the Jackson and Ann Arbor areas. By Celeste Bott. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DEADLINE DETROIT, MICHIGAN CITIZEN,  BIG RAPIDS, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK,  ANN ARBOR, JACKSON, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
HUNTINGFISHING: Revenue from hunting and fishing licenses is surpassing last year’s figures, despite drought, deer diseases and low inland water levels, DNR figures show. The economic impact of the two sports in the Cadillac area is illustrative. We also talk to a DNR fisheries biologist. For news and outdoors pages. By Kyle Campbell. FOR CADILLAC, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, PETOSKEY, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, LAKE COUNTY, STAR HERALD, GREENVILLE, LAPEER, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, GLADWIN, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
CLASSROOMTECHNOLOGY: Tablet computers are the latest hot item in public schools, and some schools provide one for each student. We talk to the Department of Education and teachers in Sturgis, Ludington and Walled Lake. Other districts buying tablets include Greenville, Harbor Springs, Zeeland and Brighton. By Michael Gerstein. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, LUDINGTON, GREENVILLE, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
CAREEREDUCATION: A tougher core curriculum has led to a 30 percent drop in career tech center enrollment by high school students, and some critics say the new requirements are too rigid. We talk to guidance counselors in the West Ottawa and Big Rapids districts, a Hope College expert and the Association of School Boards. By Cortney Erndt. FOR BIG RAPIDS, HOLLAND, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
SCANDAL: This month is the 20th anniversary of a legislative corruption scandal that landed 10 people, including a U.P. lawmaker, behind bars and forced one of the state’s most powerful politicians to the Capitol sidelines. Since the House Fiscal Agency scandal, other present and former lawmakers have found themselves in legal trouble, as well, including ex-Rep. Kwame Kilpatrick, now on trial in Detroit, and others from Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, Marshall, Livonia, Macomb County and Detroit. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING, DEADLINE DETROIT, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.

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