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Dec. 5, 2014 – Week 12
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LAST REGULAR FILE FOR THE SEMESTER: This is our last regular weekly file for the semester. As usual, there will be a Bonus Week file next Friday, Dec. 12, with still-timely articles you may not have had space for earlier.
REFUGEESEDUCATION: Refugee children often struggle to find quality education and catch up with their schooling. Adult refugees, some of whom arrive without any formal schooling, also face educational obstacles. We talk to experts at the U.S. Committee for Refugees-Detroit, West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center and Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids and an MSU sociologist. By Katie Amann. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, DEADLINE DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
TRACKINGSMOKE: Researchers at MSU and the U.S. Forest Service in East Lansing have developed a system that predicts smoke direction from low-intensity forest fires to help safely manage prescribed burns. We also hear from DEQ and DNR experts. By Nyla Hughes. FOR MARQUETTE, ALPENA, SAULT STE. MARIE, BIG RAPIDS, GREENVILLE, BAY MILLS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, LAKE COUNTY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HERALD STAR, CADILLAC, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
SMARTMETERS: Michigan utility companies are using digital smart-grid meters to locate power outages, resolve power problems, gather more accurate readings and help customers better manage their electricity use. There is controversy, however, about potential negative health effects. We talk to Consumers Energy, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Lansing Board of Water and Light and Homeworks Tri-County. By Nyla Hughes. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LANSING CITY PULSE, BLISSFIELD, GREENVILLE, CHEBOYGAN, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
w/SMARTMETERSPHOTO: Credit: Consumers Energy.
TROUT&SONAR: Maritime archaeologists are using sound waves to map the bottom of Lake Huron to help rehabilitate trout habitat. Lake Huron’s trout population is on the rise but still needs help. It’s a project of Thunder Bay National Maritime Sanctuary and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. By Kevin Duffy. FOR ALCONA, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE & ALL POINTS.
w/TROUT&SONARPHOTO1: Lake trout that spawn at Sixth Fathom Bank in Lake Huron are valuable to lake-wide research. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant.
w/TROUT&SONARPHOTO2: A Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary diver deploys fish egg traps on experimental reefs in Lake Huron. Credit: NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
BREWERYWATER: Despite an abundance of available water, craft breweries in Michigan are working to reduce their water use. Some are going beyond their own operations to push water conservation, including opposition to fracking, a process that uses huge amounts. A recent Great Lakes water conference in Grand Rapids drew many craft brewers. For news and business pages. By Cameron Vredeveld. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
w/BREWERYWATERPHOTO: Rochester Mills Brewery in Rochester celebrates the region’s “glacial gift” of water on its beer label. Credit: Ben Poulson.

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