Mar. 20, 2015 Budget

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Capital News Service Budget – March 20, 2015
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MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Sunday, April 19, starting at 5 p.m. at MSU’s Kellogg Center. The 2015 inductees are the late Detroit News Lansing bureau chief Charlie Cain,  former Detroit News columnist and Free Press editorial writer Betty DeRamus and underground press pioneer, broadcaster, documentarian and Emmy-winner Harvey Ovshinsky. For reservations, and information, call 517-353-6430, email or see

POLICEBODYCAMS: Legislation is being introduced that would equip police officers across the state with body cameras. We talk to legislators and police officials to hear their thoughts and concerns regarding this policy and its implementation. By Collin Krizmanich. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON & ALL POINTS.
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BODYCAMCONCERNS: Police departments and legislators agree that body cameras should be worn by on-duty officers. Under a new House bill, the defendant’s version of events will be presumed true if a recording is not provided, even if the reason is a technology malfunction. We speak to law enforcement officials, attorneys and legislators to discuss the “dangerous” consequences of the new bill. By Cheyna Roth. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LANSING CITY PULSE, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS
CELLPHONETRACKING: States across the country have been introducing “Kelsey Smith laws” which allows law enforcement to easier track cell phone locations while investigating missing persons cases. Legislation along these lines was recently introduced in Michigan. We explore the details of this legislation and also speak to the Michigan State Police, legislators and the Sheriffs’ Association. By Collin Krizmanich FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE & ALL POINTS.
STOPPED: Parents who have qualms about their teen getting behind the wheel can rest a bit easier through a Michigan Sheriffs’ Association-backed program. Under the STOPPED program, when drivers under 21 are pulled over, information on the stop will be sent to their parents. Michigan boasts the program in every county statewide, and school and community support for the program has grown  — with some schools even using the STOPPED sticker as their high school’s parking pass. Terry Jungel, executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association, hopes to one day see the program supported nationwide. By Brooke Kansier. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, MANISTEE & ALL POINTS
IDENTITYTHEFT: Michigan is sixth in the country in its rate of identity theft victims. With the tax filing deadline approaching on April 15, state officials warn residents to be wary of an increase in attempted IRS scams. They also offer tips on what they should do to avoid identity theft and what is currently being done around the state. By Josh Thall. FOR HOLLAND, LANSING, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, BLISSFIELD & ALL POINTS.
ENERGYBILLS: Michigan’s future in clean energy is up for debate with the renewable portfolio standard set to expire this year. Proposals from House Democrats and the governor are pushing for the state to redouble its efforts toward renewable sources, but legislation recently introduced by House Republicans has environmental groups worried the state could be about to turn back toward fossil fuels. By Caitlin McArthur. FOR ALL POINTS.
CAMPAIGNFUNDING: The number of interest groups that contribute funds to state campaigns is increasing. Some of these groups are spending unlimited amounts to indirectly help candidates and are also finding ways to keep donorship anonymous. We speak with the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, the president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan and the Michigan Republican Party about this phenomenon, the importance of transparency and public education on the new campaign finance realities. By Liz Ferguson. FOR ALL POINTS.
FISHDISEASE: Fish farmers hope new research to prevent and treat viral hemorrhagic septicemia –VHS – will reduce the need for costly testing and federal regulations that are impeding the growth of the aquaculture industry. We hear from researchers and a Wexford County aquaculurist. By Holly Drankhan. FOR CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY GLADWIN, BIG RAPIDS, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
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FISHVACCINES: A new vaccination technique may make it cheaper for aquaculturists to protect their fish from deadly diseases and, thus, to help the industry grow. We talk to experts, including ones at MSU and Michigan Sea Grant, as well as a Harrisville fish farm owner. By Eamon Devlin. FOR ALCONA, ALPENA, LUDINGTON, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, LEELANAU,  GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
ELKQUARANTINE: The Court of Appeals has rejected a damage suit against the state by a St. Clair County elk-breeding farm that lost money because it was quarantined for a year after a case of Chronic Wasting Disease was found at a Kent County deer-breeding facility in 2008. DNR and Agriculture & Rural Development say the statewide quarantine was necessary to protect the health of Michigan’s deer, elk, moose & caribou. There are now 382 registered herds. We also hear from president of United Deer Farmers of Michigan, from Muskegon. By Eric Freedman. FOR LUDINGTON, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, ALCONA, CADILLAC, SAULT STE. MARIE, GLADWIN, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

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