Capital News Service Budget – Week 3
Sept. 25, 2015
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COMMUNITY COLLEGES AHEAD: On Monday, Sept. 28, your correspondents will interview Michael Hanson, president of the Michigan Community College Association. Potential topics include the latest enrollment figures, tuition trends, efforts to allow community colleges to grant more four-year decrees, reintegration of military veterans and legislative priorities.
Here’s your file:
LICENSEPLATESCANNERS: Law enforcement agencies call automatic license plate scanners an important tool in fighting crime, including car theft, and locating kidnapped children. But their use raises questions about intrusion into privacy and civil rights. We talk to a Lake Superior State criminal justice professor, the ACLU, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, a Grand Rapids police sergeant and the Mackinac County undersheriff. By Zhao Peng. FOR ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE MARIE, MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
POACHING: The Legislature has almost finished its work on bills to sharply increase the restitution that poachers must pay the state and lengthening their hunting license suspensions. We hear from a Northern Michigan University wildlife expert, MUCC and the DNR and a lead Senate sponsor from St. Clair. Other sponsors include senators from Hart, Ida and St, Joseph. By Brooke Kansier. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, BLISSFIELD, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR, BIG RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
w/POACHINGTABLE: Current and proposed restitution amounts for poaching violations.
SALMON: Chinook and coho salmon are returning to the upper reaches of northern Michigan rivers to spawn. But they’re challenged this year by problems such as warming waters and weather changes, according to DNR and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration experts. For news and outdoors sections. By Amelia Havanec. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, BLISSFIELD, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR, BIG RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
w/SALMONPHOTO: Chinook salmon. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant.
ONLINELEARNING: Michigan has joined a consortium of other states designed to improve online education and increase access while saving money for colleges and universities. The goal is to make it easier and less expensive for them to provide online and hybrid courses. By Yuehan Liu. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE & ALL POINTS.
WOMENINAGRICULTURE: A growing number of Michigan women are working in agriculture, including less traditional realms such as urban and organic farming, USDA data show. However, some report gender bias. We hear from experts at Michigan Food & Farming Systems and MSU. For news and agriculture pages. By Sierra Rosovsky. FOR GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LANSING CITY LIMITS, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, CADILLAC, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALCONA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
AGEXPORTS: The governor’s recent trade mission to China heavily touted Michigan agricultural products, and the state’s growers, farmers and food processors are making inroads there, especially with dried milk and produce. We hear from agricultural product exports in Coopersville, Frankfort and Williamsburg, the Agriculture & Rural Development Department director and MSU experts. For news and agriculture sections. For news, business and agricultural pages. By Michael Kransz. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, CADILLAC, BLISSFIELD, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, ALCONA & ALL POINTS.
PUBLICLANDS: DNR says there have been no negative effects from a legislatively imposed cap on the amount of land the state owns. Meanwhile, DNR and the Legislature are negotiating over the department’s land management strategic plan. We also talk to an Escanaba senator and MUCC. By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, LUDINGTON, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, HOLLAND, STURGIS, GREENVILLE, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
w/PUBLICLANDSTABLE: DNR land management goals and objectives. Credit: Department of Natural Resources Managed Land Strategy.
BLACKBEARS: The arrests of four suspects in Chippewa and Kent counties after DNR undercover investigations spotlights what wildlife experts say is a troubling trend — the international trafficking in black bear parts such as gall bladders and paws for use in traditional Asian medicines and cuisine. Pending legislation with sponsors from Ida, St. Joseph and Hart would increase restitution rates and lengthen hunting license suspensions for poachers. We talk to the Michigan and Wisconsin DNR and MUCC. By Courtney Bourgoin. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, BLISSFIELD, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR, BIG RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
w/BLACKBEARSPHOTO: Credit: National Park Service, Neal Herbert
REFINERY: A federal judge has dismissed a suit against Marathon Petroleum by three small businesses in Southwest Detroit that claim the company depopulated their neighborhood by buying and bulldozing hundreds of homes near its expanded refinery — meaning their customers have moved away. Suit accuses Marathon of interfering with their business relationships and creating a nuisance through air pollution. By Eric Freedman. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
Capital News Service Budget – Week 3