Oct. 31, 2014 Budget

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Oct. 31, 2014 – Week 8
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CORRECTION: A story about the reuse of former newspaper buildings should have said that Dan Gilbert, the chair of Quicken Loans Inc., bought the former Detroit News building. We have corrected the story on the CNS website.
HATCHERIES: DNR reports record-low numbers of salmon eggs gathered at state collection sites this year, meaning fewer will be released into the wild before the start of next year’s fishing season. In Manistee County, just 2,700 chinook salmon returned to the collection site on the Little Manistee River. The Traverse City site also experienced a sharp decline. Experts blame competition from invasive species for food in Lake Michigan. This season’s eggs have been transferred to hatcheries in Schoolcraft, Van Buren and Benzie counties. By Ian K. Kullgren. FOR CADILLAC, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
CONSORTIUM: A state Education Department-led consortium is providing new opportunities, including a tuition incentive, to prepare more teachers to work with students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Saginaw Valley, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan universities and Aquinas College are part of it. We hear from Education Department, Grand Valley and Ottawa Intermediate School District experts. By Jordan Bradley. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, GREENVILLE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
HEALTHTESTS: Health authorities are awaiting results of tests for elevated levels of chemicals and metals in people who eat lots of Great Lakes fish. Blood and urine from volunteers in Michigan, Minnesota and New York were tested for PCBs, pesticides, mercury, lead and cadmium. Michigan tested anglers along the Detroit River and Saginaw Bay. By Danielle Woodward. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, ALPENA, ALCONA, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS & ALL POINTS.
BEES: Bee pollination is necessary for crop production, including apples, blueberries, grapes and leafy greens, but bees, crucial to food security in the Great Lakes region, are declining. Pesticides, a parasite and shrinking habitat are blamed. A $69 million grant to MSU will help develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops. We hear from USDA and a Jackson beekeeper. For news and farm pages. By Ruth Krug. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, CADILLAC, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GREENVILLE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, ALPENA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, ALCONA & ALL POINTS.
w/BEESPHOTO: Honeybee. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
JOBDISCRIMINATION: Federal courts have dealt two blows to the state in job discrimination-related suits by former employees. A judge in Detroit ruled that a former legal secretary supervisor assigned to the Unemployment Insurance Agency can pursue her hostile workplace claim. An appeals court granted a new trial to a retired State Police sergeant who claims she was targeted for retaliation and reassigned from Newaygo to Rockford to Detroit after she complained of sexual harassment. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, LUDINGTON, BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
WILDNERNESSFUTURE: The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service and two other agencies have launched a five-year study of the federal wilderness preservation system. Michigan has 16 federal wildernesses, ranging from giant Isle Royale Wilderness in Lake Superior to tiny Michigan Islands Wilderness in Lake Huron. By Eric Freedman. FOR CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HERALD STAR, BAY MILLS, GREENVILLE, SAULT STE. MARIE, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE & ALL POINTS.
w/ WILDERNESSFUTUREBEAVERBASINPHOTO: Beaver Basin Wilderness in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Credit: National Park Service
w/ WILDERNESSFUTURENORDHOUSEPHOTO: Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness in Huron-Manistee National Forest. Credit: U.S. Forest Service
w/WILDERNESSFUTURELIST: 16 federal wildernesses in Michigan. Credit: www.wilderness.net.

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