Bonus Week Budget: Dec. 18, 2015

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Capital News Service Budget – Bonus Week
Dec. 18, 2015
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman, Sheila Schimpf and Andi Brancato For technical problems, contact CNS tech manager Tanya Voloshina (248-943-8979)
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THIS IS THE BONUS WEEK: You may not have had space for these still-timely fall semester stories when we first filed them. You’re also welcome to use any archived stories and visuals.
FRIDAY, JAN. 22, will be our first file of the spring semester. Dave Poulson ( will be lead instructor for the semester.
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 ALL POINTS.
WOMENENTREPRENEURS: Minority women are the largest-growing segment of U.S. entrepreneurs, according to a new report. We talk to Western Michigan University and Wayne State experts, Livonia-based Women’s Business Enterprise Council, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce in Detroit and Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. For news and business sections.
SPECIALEDUCATION: A report to the state Board of Education from Lt. Gov. Calley calls for improvements in special education services. A new task force, which includes the president of the Grand Rapids Education Association, is studying the issue. We also hear from the Michigan Association of School Boards. By Yuehan Liu. FOR ALL POINTS.
BEGINNINGFARMERS: An increasing number of youths are looking to run their own farms, in part out of concern for where their food comes from. Other beginning farmers are older, sometimes returning to their family homes after retiring from other jobs. The Farm Bureau, an MSU Extension agent in Gladwin County and the Michigan Young Farmers Coalition explain. By Michael Kransz. By FOR & ALL POINTS.
BEERIMPACT: While micro-breweries pop up around the state, including along the Lake Michigan shoreline, so are the acres devoted to growing hops. By Amelia Havanec. FOR ALL POINTS.
YOUTHEMPLOYMENT: A youth employment program run by Network Northwest Michigan WORKS! centers in Petoskey, Manistee, Traverse City, Cadillac and Kalkaska is developing work and time management skills and helping people 16 to 24 financially. A study says participants in such programs also tend to do better in school. We also hear from people in Benzonia and Manistee. By Brooke Kansier. FOR ALL POINTS.
PEOPLE’SLAWYERREVIEW: Frank Kelley, the nation’s longest-serving state attorney general, recently released his autobiography, The People’s Lawyer, co-authored by Wayne State journalism professor Jack Lessenberry. We review the book and discuss Kelley’s contributions to public service, politics and history. By Andi Brancato. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/PEOPLE’S LAWYERREVIEWCOVER: Credit: Wayne State University Press.
FORESTCAMPS: Owners of 104 hunting and vacation camps in the U.P.’s Ottawa National Forest want the federal government to let them stay on public land after their non-renewable leases expire on Jan. 1, 2017. The Sierra Club and U.S. Forest Service say no. A Paynesville filmmaker has just premiered a documentary about the camp tradition and the controversy. The state Senate has passed a non-binding resolution asking the Forest Service to relent, with sponsors from Escanaba, Evart, Hart and St. Joseph. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

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