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April 25, 2014 – Week 15
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LAST FILE: Today is the last file of the semester.
BONUS WEEK AHEAD: Next week we will again move several timeless features from the semester that you may have missed the first time around.
HERE IS YOUR FILE:
MILITARYTUITION: Members of the Michigan National Guard could be eligible for $4,500 in state tuition assistance under a plan lawmakers say will move Michigan from the bottom rank of states offering benefits to the military. By Danielle Woodward. FOR ALPENA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.
WATER: Michigan farm officials are fighting an attempt by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate ponds, ditches and other small bodies of water. They say it will impose unneeded costs and restrictions on agriculture, but environmental advocates say all water is connected and should be regulated. By Ashley Weigel. FOR PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.
HEALTHYMICHIGAN: In just three weeks the state’s Medicaid expansion program is almost halfway to its annual signup goal. The online enrollment for the program that offers health insurance to low-income residents managed to dodge the high profile glitches associated with the federal health insurance roll out. By Becky McKendry. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.
YIELD: Communities looking to improve their walkability are increasingly asking highway officials for signs warning cars to yield to pedestrians. But some experts say such a move provides a false sense of security and could lead to more accidents in crosswalks. Meanwhile a lawmaker is developing legislation to make crosswalk safety rules standard across the state. By Darcie Moran. FOR GRAND RAPIDS, ROYAL OAK, MACOMB, LANSING, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.
SCHOOL: Lawmakers are proposing a way to resurrect school districts that have disbanded for financial reasons. It turns out that some of the districts kids from dissolved districts now attend are having just as many problems. We focus on Inkster and Buena Vista. By Nick Stanek. FOR DEADLINE DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.
WOODLOSS: New research shows that when lake levels drop, woody habitats that help small prey fish hide from predators can dry up and disappear — serving those fish up on a smorgasbord to binge-eating fish. We talk to the researcher of the study, a Petoskey water policy specialist and the vice-president of the Three Lakes Association in Bellaire to explain what that means for fish and fishing. By Becky McKendry. FOR PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
CANVASDETROIT: From massive murals on East Grand Boulevard to garden sculptures that manage rainwater, Detroit is brimming with diverse street art. We talk to Nichole Christian, one of the co-authors of a new book highlighting Detroit’s expansive art scene. By Becky McKendry. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, MACOMB, ROYAL OAK & ALL POINTS.
GREENVERSUSGREEN: While the need is growing for more alternative energy from wind and other sources in Michigan and elsewhere in the Great Lakes region, challenges by local residents and environmental groups have delayed some projects. Lawmakers from Onekama, Kewadin, Saginaw Township, New Boston and Saugatuck want to prohibit offshore wind turbines. A Consumers Power wind project is under construction in Tuscola County. Commentary. By Eric Freedman. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CHEBOYGAN, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.