May 3, 2013 – Bonus Week
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BONUS WEEK: Here is our regular end-of-semester bonus file of still-timely stories you may not have had space for before. We look forward to working with you again in the fall.
GREAT LAKES ECHO AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER: CNS editors continue to have free access through the summer to news stories produced by the School of Journalism’s environmental reporting program at GreatLakesEcho.org.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
STORMANNIVERSARY: Michigan communities, including Bloomfield Hills and Port Huron, are commemorating the centennial of the most devastating storms known to hit the Great Lakes, taking 250-plus lives and sinking 19 ships. Lake Huron was hardest hit. By Celeste Bott. FOR 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. By Cortney Erndt. FOR ALL POINTS.
GOVERNMENTJOBSTREND: The job picture may be a bit rosier for people aspiring to careers with state or local governments, at least nationally, but apparently not in Michigan, as Alpena and St. Ignace illustrate. By Justine McGuire. FOR ALL POINTS.
NEWDOCTORS: The opening of new medical schools at Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Oakland universities exacerbates the shortage of post-graduate residency positions at hospitals in the state. That leads to an exodus of Michigan-educated physicians. The shortage of openings is most acute in Northern Michigan, where the only approved programs are based in Traverse City and Marquette. We talk to State Medical Society experts. By Kyle Campbell. FOR ALL POINTS.
PAY-TO-DRIVE: While the governor proposes higher fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, technology may provide an alternative way to raise revenue for highway and bridge projects – but only way down the road. Several states are experimenting with a “vehicle miles traveled” tax. The MDOT director and Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association explain. By Edith Zhou. FOR 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 says 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 ALL POINTS.
ROADNAMES: Some legislators want to rename highways and bridges in Wayne, Kalamazoo, Shiawassee and Jackson counties. Among those approved in 2011-12 were ones in Allegan, Ottawa, Lake, Gladwin, Oakland and Menominee counties. The governor wants to make the naming process more disciplined. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.
May 3, 2013 – Bonus Week