Sept. 20, 2013 – Week 3
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STATE POLICE AHEAD: On Mon., Sept. 23, our correspondents will interview State Police Director Kriste Etue. Potential topics include staffing levels, new forensic technologies, trends in computer crime and new State Police initiatives.
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HERE’S YOUR FILE:
YOYOYOOPERS: It’s a puzzling century-old population trend in the UP, a yo-yoing cycle of growth and decline every 20 years—with numbers projected by U of M to rise this decade. We talk to the state demographer, a Michigan Tech economist, the Western UP Planning and Development Regional Commission and the Timbermen Association. By Matthew Hall. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.
BIPARTISAN: A bill to let local governments recoup costs of rescuing thrill seekers who do dumb things during emergencies—such as kayaking during a flood—has bipartisan sponsors, including ones from Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Walker, Caledonia and East Lansing. A Grand Ledge GOP senator who worked with a Warren Democrat says Democrats and Republicans can sometimes work together, although a Hope College political scientist is skeptical. We also talk to an East Lansing political consultant. By Becky McKendry. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, CITY PULSE, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
DEVELOPMENTALSTRATEGIES: A large proportion of students entering community colleges need developmental education courses because high school hasn’t fully prepared them for college-level work, a new federal study shows. We hear from the Michigan Community College Association, a Grand Valley State education professor and the Montcalm Community College president. By Lacee Shepard. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, & ALL POINTS.
TEACHERS: Many teachers are moving out of state or can’t find jobs here, the MEA president says, and some districts—but not Cadillac or Crawford AuSable—report trouble recruiting special education and science teachers. CMU predicts growing opportunities for new teachers. We also hear from a special ed student teacher in Rochester and the Mackinac Center in Midland. By Stephen Ingber. FOR CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, DEADLINE DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
FORESTFIRE: A Saugatuck lawmaker wants the state to reimburse local governments for putting out fires on DNR land. The idea follows a fire in the Allegan State Game Area. We talk to the Association of Fire Chiefs president from Alpena, DNR and the Townships Association. By Justine McGuire. FOR HOLLAND, CADILLAC, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, ALCONA, GREENVILLE, LAKE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, SAULT STE. MARIE, HERALD STAR, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
w/FORESTFIRETABLE: Wildfires fought by DNR crews so far this year: Source: Department of Natural Resources.
BUGGYFEES: A lawmaker from Clare, where many Amish families live, wants to let counties assess $50 registration fees for horse-drawn vehicles. The County Roads Association of Michigan likes the concept but officials at the St. Joseph County and Mackinac County road commissions say the negatives outweigh positives. There are Amish settlements in Centreville, Mio, Quincy, Hillsdale County and Mackinac County. By Eric Freedman. FOR GLADWIN, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALCONA, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.
Sept. 20, 2013 – Week 3