Capital News Service Budget – Feb. 13, 2015
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LATEDRILLINGSUIT: A federal judge has thrown out the claims of a Alcona County man who waited 15 years to sue energy companies he accused of drilling a natural gas well too close to his property line. Unlike his neighbors, he declined to lease his mineral rights for drilling in the Antrim Shale formation. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALCONA, ALPENA, CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
w/LATEDRILLINGSUITMAP: Northern Michigan Antrim gas wells. Credit: Department of Environmental Quality.
CHILDPORN: Recent arrests and convictions across Michigan reflect the priority that federal and state law enforcement agencies are placing on child pornography investigations. Cases include production of child porn at a West Michigan day care center. Among those caught are a former Grand Rapids Christian radio station host, a Williamston teacher, a Grand Traverse County man and the former executive secretary of the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System. We talk to the State Police coordinator of the Michigan Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, the Leelanau County sheriff and the U.S. attorney in Grand Rapids. By Eric Freedman. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
w/CHILDPORNPHOTO: Former Grand Rapids radio host John Baylo, convicted of state and federal sexual assault and child pornography charges. Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections.
TRACKINGCHILDPORN: The FBI and Michigan Internet Crimes against Children Task Force are using high-tech forensics to track down and prosecute child porn cases and to identify their victims. We look at the interlocking cases of a Vicksburg man convicted of child porn and criminal sexual contact, his Kalamazoo girlfriend who confessed to molesting her 2-year-old granddaughter to be molested and photographing the act, and an Imlay City man who downloaded pictures of the molestation and solicited nude photos of young girls. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/TRACKINGCHILDPORNPHOTO: Mark Tooley, serving a 35-50-year prison term on child porn and criminal sexual conduct charges. Credit: Department of Corrections.
VACCINATIONRATES: Different approaches to vaccination education seem to have different effects in the proportion of parents who waive vaccination from county to county. Across the state, some communities have nearly 100 percent vaccination rates, while others are dealing with a high number of waivers. A new state rule requires parents to talk to health officials before getting a waiver, and counties that have been doing this for years say it can help. We talk to officials in Leelenau, South Michigan, and Kent County. By Collin Krizmanich FOR LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE, TRAVERSE CITY, LAKE COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, HOLLAND, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, BLISSFIELD, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, GREENVILLE, AND ALL POINTS.
PHOTOLINEUP: Photo lineup methods could be changed to help prevent misidentifying criminal suspects if a senator succeeds with a new draft of his 2007 legislation this spring. The currently used lineup would be replaced by a “double-blind, sequential” method believed to reduce the likelihood of false identification. We speak to the sponsor and members of a Michigan Bar task force who released a policy change illustrating the benefits of the new method. By Cheyna Roth. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
VETERANUNEMPLOYMENT: Since Michigan’s unemployed veteran rate was reported the secon- highest in the U.S., Veteran Affairs has developed programs that better connect veterans and employers. In Kent County. Goodwill is helping homeless veterans find jobs, and the West Michigan Veterans Coalition is developing a new networking event for veterans. We speak with Grand Rapids Goodwill veteran employment manager, Veterans Affairs director of strategy, and a Potterville representative to hear about programs addressing this issue. By Elizabeth Ferguson. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
FOSTERCAREREFORM: The number of Michigan children in the state’s foster care system is at its lowest in almost a decade, but anecdotes from kids within the system have legislators considering bipartisan reform. About 18 foster children told legislators recently about their experiences in the system, highlighting issues such as sibling separation and limited resources available once they age out of the system. We talk to lawmakers, children’s advocates, and state human services officials. By Caitlin McArthur. FOR ALL POINTS.
SAMESEXFOSTERCARE: Same-sex couples in Michigan can serve as foster parents, but if they wish to adopt a child together, current state laws say they can’t.
This is because Michigan couples need to be married to adopt a child. We talk to an adoption agency, state official and a social work professor who is also the same-sex parent of an adopted child. By Brooke Kansier. FOR ALL POINTS.
GRAYWOLVES: The late 2014 return of the gray wolf to endangered status in the Great Lakes area may be short-lived if a bipartisan bill passes Congress. The bill, sponsored by Republican Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble, would remove federal protection from the species in four states: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Still in draft stages, the bill would turn over management of the gray wolf to those state governments. The species has seen a lot of controversy in past years, with numerous attempts to delist the wolves from federal protection, and heavy debate between both sides. We talk to advocates on both sides and a UP state senator. By Brooke Kansier. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, AND ALL POINTS.
Capital News Service Budget – Feb. 13, 2015