March 1, 2013 CNS Budget

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March 1, 2013 – Week 7
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SPRING BREAK AHEAD: Because of MSU’s spring break, there will be no file next Friday, March 8.
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY FURTHER AHEAD: On Monday, March 11, your correspondents will interview Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality. Possible topics include environmental enforcement, brownfield cleanup and fracking.
MORE INFORMATION FOR EDITORS: In response to comments from our editors, we are now adding web addresses for documents referred to (studies, bills etc.) at the end of our stories. CNS editors can go directly to the documents for additional information or to add hyperlinks to stories you post on your website. We’ll see how this experiment works. An alternative would be to include web links with the budget lines rather than at the end of the stories.
POACHING&TRESPASSING: Lawmakers from Evart, St. Joseph, Traverse City, St. Clair Township and Escanaba want tougher penalties for trespassing hunters and for poachers who bag big bucks. We hear from Saline and Cadillac hunting club leaders, DNR and MUCC. For news and outdoors pages. By Kyle Campbell. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, BLISSFIELD, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, LAPEER, BROWN CITY, GLADWIN, PETOSKEY, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, SOUTH BEND, ST. IGNACE, ALPENA, LAKE COUNTY, STAR HERALD & ALL POINTS.
MICHIGANDRONES: Northwestern Michigan College has the federal OK to fly drones, while U of M is reapplying after its FAA authorization expired. The Montcalm County sheriff said drones could help law enforcement agencies, although his department can’t afford them. An Ann Arbor company makes them, the ACLU in Detroit has privacy concerns and a Rochester Hills lawmaker is looking into the issue. By Michael Gerstein. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, GREENVILLE, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MACOMB, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
CROSSBOWS: Easing of restrictions has boosted the number of crossbow hunters during deer archery season, even as the overall number of hunters dropped in the state. We talk to DNR and a leader of the Bow Hunters Association district covering Alpena, Antrim, Cheboygan, Charlevoix, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. For news and outdoors pages. By Celeste Bott. FOR CADILLAC, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, GREENVILLE, LAPEER, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, LAKE COUNTY, STAR REVIEW, HOLLAND, BAY MILLS, BLISSFIELD, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
HEALTHCAREDEMAND: Michigan’s public universities are pumping out twice as many bachelor’s degrees in health fields as eight years ago, but there’s a severe shortage of qualified applicants for jobs, especially nurses. We hear from the Michigan Health Council, Forest View Psychiatric Hospital, Spectrum Health and Health & Hospital Association. Lawmakers, including ones from Grand Rapids, Montague, Ann Arbor and Muskegon, want all hospitals to implement staffing plans. Cortney Erndt. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
w/HEALTHCAREDEMANDGRAPHIC: Number of Michigan licensed professionals in a variety of health fields. Credit: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
COLLEGEDEGREEWORTH: A national study says people with four-year degrees fared better economically during the recession than less-educated counterparts, an argument that business leaders and the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, use in seeking an extra $100 million a year in state aid. We hear from the Grand Valley provost and a Kalamazoo lawmaker. A Stevensville lawmaker proposes such funding conditioned on universities not trying to get around the right-to-work law. But a Mackinac Center researcher questions the study’s conclusion. By Justine McGuire. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING, MARQUETTE, BIG RAPIDS, ROYAL OAK, ST. IGNACE, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
COLLEGEDEGREEWORTHGRAPHIC1: Average 2011 income by education level. Credit: Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan
COLLEGEDEGREEWORTHGRAPHIC2: 2012 unemployment rate by education level. Credit: Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.
HOSPITALRANKINGS: Eight Michigan hospitals in Grayling, Holland, Southfield Greenville, St. Joseph, Troy and Ann Arbor made the roster of the top 100 hospitals in the nation. By Celeste Bott. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, SOUTH BEND, DEADLINEDETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
w/HOSPITALRANKINGSTABLE: Michigan hospitals ranked among the nation’s 100 best. Credit: Truven Health Care Analytics.
SEXTRAFFICKING: Senators want tougher penalties for sex traffickers and their patrons. Wayne State and Human Trafficking Task Force efforts say there are serious underlying social programs. Attorney General announces arrests in Southfield. Sponsors include lawmakers from Sheridan, Harrison Township, Olive Township, Hart, Detroit and Grand Ledge. By Michael Gerstein. FOR GREENVILLE, ROYAL OAK, ALPENA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING, SOUTH BEND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, DEADLINE DETROIT, MACOMB, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
AUTONOMOUSCARS: A bill would authorize testing of driverless vehicles on Michigan roads, a step the governor endorses to boost the state’s auto industry, Sponsors include senators from White Lake, Sheridan, Olive Township, Warren, Detroit and Hart. We talk to MDOT and an Ann Arbor manufacturer. For news and auto pages. By Michael Gerstein. FOR ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINEDETROIT & ALL POINTS.
YOGURT: The state might get a yogurt plant that exclusively uses milk, fruit and sugar grown or produced in Michigan, but government officials and commodity groups are secretive about details. There’s a major yogurt plant now in Reed City. We hear from the Farm Bureau, Michigan Sugar Co. and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. By Edith Zhou. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, LAPEER, BROWN CITY, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD REVIEW, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.

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