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Oct. 17, 2014 – Week 6
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HARBORS: New federal grants will help coastal communities in Michigan take advantage of their harbors to increase boating tourists. Four communities in Michigan, including at least one on Lake St. Clair, will take part in a study. We hear from a Sea Grant expert for the Northwest Lower Peninsula and the Alpena city manager. By Ian K. Kullgren. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, MARQUETTE, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, ST. IGNACE, TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
TEACHERSHORTAGES: The Education Department is searching for solutions to Michigan’s shortage of teachers to fill vacancies in math, science, technology, world languages and special education. Detroit and rural areas are hardest hit. Problems include the fact that Michigan’s 38 college and university education programs pump out too many students who want to teach elementary school or in already-full subjects, the superintendent of public instruction says. We hear from an Ottawa Area Intermediate School District expert. Senators from Hillsdale, Battle Creek and Grand Ledge want to make it easier for retiring teachers to return to the classroom. By Jordan Bradley. FOR BLISSFIELD, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
SPAWNINGREEFS: A new 4-acre spawning habitat for whitefish, lake sturgeon and walleye is under construction at Harts Light in the St. Clair River, three times larger than one recently finished near Algonac. It’s part of a series of Sea Grant spawning habitat restoration projects in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers system. We hear from Michigan Sea Grant, U.S. Geological Survey and Ontario experts. By Katie Amann. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, ALPENA, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA & ALL POINTS.
w/SPAWNINGREEFSGRAPHIC: Diagram of spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant.
TURKEY: Turkey’s new strategy for winning long-anticipated membership in the European Union is unlikely to succeed, according to Turks in Michigan. We talk to Turkish citizens in Southwest Michigan and experts at MSU. By Duygu Kanver. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
SPINYWATERFLEA: The self-sustaining populations of the invasive spiny water flea, a crustacean, suggest a great problem in the Great Lakes region, according to researchers. It’s now in all five Great Lakes and many inland waters, including the U.P.’s Lake Gogebic, which is known for its yellow perch and walleye, as a Muskegon-based fisheries biologist explains. By Amanda Proscia. FOR LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, ALCONA, ALPENA, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE & ALL POINTS.
SPINYWATERFLEAGRAPHIC: Department of Natural Resources advice to prevent the spread of the spiny water flea and other invasive aquatic species.
SPINYWATERFLEAPHOTO: Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
NURSETRAINING: While the Ebola crisis is focusing attention on the ability of the U.S. health care system to respond, nursing programs in Michigan see an opportunity to enrich the education of their students. Meanwhile, the state’s largest nurses union criticizes the readiness of hospitals and the Snyder administration to protect staff and patients in such crises. We hear from experts at Calvin College, Andrews University, Northern Michigan University, the Michigan Hospital Association, Michigan Nurses Association and Michigan Center for Nursing. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GREENVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, LANSING CITY PULSE, DEADLINE DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
MINORITYENROLLMENT: Two universities in the state – U of M and MSU –are among the top 100 nationally in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students, a new study finds. But when the numbers are broken down, Central Michigan, Cooley Law School, Oakland University and University of Detroit Mercy appear among the top 100 in some categories. We also hear from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING CITY PULSE, DEADLINE DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

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