Sept. 27, 2013 – Week 4
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MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL: On Mon., Sept. 30, our correspondents will interview MEC President Chris Kolb. Potential topics include alternative energy and power plants, Great Lakes restoration projects, impact of climate change in the state, public lands policies, fracking and brownfields.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
ADOPTIONDISPARITY: While the number of Michigan children in foster care is shrinking, it’s still more difficult for agencies to place African-American children with adoptive parents than to place white children. We talk to a black author from Brighton adopted by white parents, a social worker in East Lansing and a Grand Rapids-based adoption agency. By Becky McKendry. FOR ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/ADOPTIONDISPARITY: Table on adoptions by race. Source: North American Council on Adoptable Children.
BIOMETRICSPRIVACY: A recent U.S. Supreme Court case allowing mandatory DNA testing of criminal suspects who haven’t been convicted is raising privacy concerns among civil liberties experts. We hear from the head of the State Police Biometric and Identification Division, a Detroit attorney and a constitutional law professor at Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus. By Lacee Shepard. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK, CITY PULSE, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
SCHOOLHOTLINE: A Senate-passed bill to create a confidential hotline to report possible school violence is stalled in the House, although there’s $3.5 million already set aside to run it. Cadillac schools and a privately financed program in Kent County provide such a service locally. Sponsors are from Sheridan and Six Lakes. The MEA is pushing for it. By Sheila Schimpf. FOR CADILLAC, GREENVILLE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
WILDLIFEFUND: After approving a major hike in hunting and fishing license fees, 45 lawmakers want to ensure that the $1-per-license surcharge is earmarked for a new public education imitative to promote hunting and fishing. We speak to DNR, MUCC and the lead sponsor from Newaygo. Cosponsors include lawmakers from Marquette, Petoskey, Six Lakes, Harrison Township, Clare, Onekama, Bloomfield Hills, Presque Isle, Lake City and Saugatuck. For news and outdoors sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, ALCONA, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, LAKE CITY, GREENVILLE, MACOMB, HERALD STAR, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, TRAVERSE CITY, ROYAL OAK, BIG RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
Sept. 27, 2013 – Week 4