Oct. 10, 2014 Budget

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Oct. 10, 2014 – Week 5
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EDUCATION AHEAD: CNS will interview state Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan on Monday, Oct. 13. Potential topics include charter schools, environmental education, vocational training for new types of jobs and standardized testing.
HUNTING: DNR is offering private landowners incentives and taking other initiatives to improve habitat for hunting, using revenue from recently increased license fees. Many projects are in the U.P. and Northern Lower Peninsula, while others target Lower Michigan, including ones in Lenawee, Ionia and Allegan counties and Shiawassee River State Game Area. We hear from DNR and the Michigan Bow Hunters Association. By Ian K. Kullgren. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, BLISSFIELD, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, CADILLAC, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR, HOLLAND, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
w/HUNTINGGRAPHIC: DNR priorities for spending additional hunting license revenue. Source: Department of Natural Resources.
NEWSPAPERS: As Michigan newspapers downsize and move their smaller staffs to new quarters, their owners are selling their large buildings, which are outdated but still critical to their communities. It’s happening in downtown Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing and Kalamazoo, where new uses for the massive structures are being explored. By Ian K. Kullgren. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
PASSENGERPIGEON: The MSU Museum discovered something it didn’t know it had– a full skeleton of a passenger pigeon found when researchers took tomography scans of the long-extinct bird. The once- abundant pigeons used to nest in flocks of up to a billion in the Great Lakes region, with the last large flock reported in Petoskey in 1878. A new exhibit raises awareness of extinction. We also talk to Michigan Wildlife Conservancy. By Jenna Chapman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS & ALL POINTS.
w/PASSENGERPIGEONSKELETON: Researchers discovered this full skeleton of a passenger pigeon in a stuffed skin. Credit: Pamela Rasmussen, MSU Museum
w/PASSENGERPIGEONMOUNTED: Mounted specimens of passenger pigeons on exhibit. Credit: Pearl Wong, MSU Museum
HONGKONG: The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong will be ongoing, according to Michigan State University students from Hong Kong. They describe the protests there in reaction to Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom in what is supposed to be the region’s first democratic election for chief executive. By Qing Zhang. FOR ALL POINTS.
CODEMICHIGAN: Software developers wowed state officials with creative new apps in a competition that took place in Newaygo, Marquette and Detroit. A Grand Rapids team won with an app that would tell drivers where snowplows are and what roads are clear. The two runners-up would help shoppers find local farmers selling fresh produce and help people search for gravesites in Marquette County. By Sheila Schimpf. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, DEADLINEDETROIT & ALL POINTS.
MACKINACBRIDGEWORKER: A federal appeals court says a former Mackinac Bridge Authority toll collector who allegedly faced racial slurs and remarks is entitled to a trial on whether the agency wrongfully denied him a promotion because he’s African American. But the court refused to reinstate a claim that the authority discriminated based on race when it later fired Terrance Fuller for falsely collecting unemployment benefits. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE & ALL POINTS.
TRUSTFUND: Local governments and DNR want the Natural Resources Trust Fund to give them $18.7 million to buy more public land for parks, lake access and trails, among projects in Ottawa, St. Joseph, Chippewa, Houghton and Allegan counties and Southeast Michigan, including $5 million for property bordering the River Raisin National Battlefield in Monroe. In addition to acquisitions, they seek $25 million for development projects on existing public lands, including projects in Grand Traverse, Manistee, Emmet, Crawford, Marquette, Ionia, Cheboygan and Mason counties. By Eric Freedman. FOR HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GREENVILLE, HARBOR SPRINGS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CHEBOYGAN & ALL POINTS.
w/TRUSTFUNDGRAPHIC: Ten largest requests in 2014 to the Natural Resources Trust Fund for public lands acquisition. Source: Department of Natural Resources.
w/TRUSTFUNDPHOTO: Calumet Township wants a Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to buy the vacant Mineral Range Depot for public recreational use.
EBOLATRAVEL: MSU students and immigrants from West Africa are still planning to travel to West Africa, but taking precautions to avoid Ebola. We talk to some who plan trips this fall or winter and to MSU experts. By Ruth Krug. For LANSING CITY PULSE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.

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