Oct. 25, 2013 – Week 8
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SECOND IN-DEPTH WEEK AHEAD: Next Friday, Nov. 1, will be our second in-depth file of the semester.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
MECHANICALHARVESTING: A shortage of workers for farmers and orchards has spurred growing interest in Michigan for mechanical harvesting of such crops as blueberries and asparagus. We talk to the Farm Bureau and a South Haven farm machinery company. By Lacee Shepard. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
w/MECHANICALHARVESTINGPHOTO: Blueberry picker. Credit: BEI International.
FARMERSMARKET: A record number of farmers markets are accepting SNAP cards this year, the Michigan Farm Market Association reports, including ones in Holland, Cadillac, Lansing and Marquette, but the one in Park Township is among those that say it’s too much bother. By Becky McKendry. FOR HOLLAND, CITY PULSE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
w/FARMERSMARKETPHOTO: Allen Street Farmers Market in Lansing. Credit Becky McKendry.
MOBILEDENTISTRY: A proposal would more tightly regulate mobile dental clinics, a move that backers say would help ensure the quality of such services for disadvantaged children. Critics say it would raise the cost and paperwork of care. Sponsors include lawmakers from Rockford, Taylor, Petoskey and Byron Center. We also talk to dental service providers in Oakland County. By Matthew Hall. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, PETOSKEY, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, HARBOR SPRINGS, DEADLINE DETROIT, CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
w/MOBILDENTISTRYPHOTO: Credit: Michigan Dental Outreach.
REVERSETRANSFER: Grand Valley State University has signed a reverse transfer agreement with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, its 25th with two-year institutions across the state including Alpena, West Shore community colleges and Northwestern Michigan College. Such agreements let some students who transfer from community colleges to four-year universities to “transfer back” enough credits to earn an associate degree. We talk to presidents of Alpena and Kirtland community colleges. By Stephen Ingber. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, ALPENA, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GLADWIN, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY & ALL POINTS.
MILITARYCOLLEGE: A proposed state constitutional amendment would require community colleges to charge in-district tuition to military veterans and active-duty members of the military, regardless of where they live. The Michigan Community College Association says the change would cut badly needed revenue to colleges without benefiting veterans because the federal government pays their tuition. We hear from the Alpena and Kirtland Community College presidents and Michigan Community College Association. Sponsors include lawmakers from Dearborn Heights, Calumet, Detroit, Six Lakes and Taylor. By Stephen Ingber. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ALPENA, CADILLAC, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
CARRIERPIGEONS: A new proposal would let local governments regulate but not ban carrier pigeons within their borders. Sponsors are from Dearborn, Evart and Battle Creek. We speak to the Michigan Municipal League. By Lacee Shepard. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR, CADILLAC, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
CONTAMINATION: The Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate a contamination suit by homeowners against contracting and trucking companies involved in the cleanup of toxic sediment from the Pine River next to the defunct Vesicol Chemical in Gratiot County. The river flows through Mecosta, Isabella, Montcalm, Gratiot and Midland counties. The court ruled that the plaintiffs waited too long to sue the contractors and that the truckers are protected by the no-fault vehicle insurance law. Homeowners plan to go to the state Supreme Court. The EPA and state are paying about $350 million to clean the Superfund site. By Eric Freedman. FOR BIG RAPIDS, GREENVILLE, CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
Oct. 25, 2013 – Week 8