Capital News Service Budget – Week 2
Jan. 29, 2016
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HISTORIC: Some state lawmakers are seeking to give people living in historic districts a bigger say on regulations that determine what they can do to their homes. There are 78 historic districts in Michigan including ones in Cadillac, Grand Rapids, Holland, Manistee, Three Rivers and Traverse City. A list is on the Michigan State Housing Development website http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,4641,7-141-54317_19320_62049_62050-57490–,00.html. By Jasmine Watts. FOR CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS, BUSINESS HOLLAND, MANISTEE, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.
SYRIANREFUGEES: Michigan nonprofit organizations are preparing for an influx of Syrian refugees after the U.S. Senate declined to approve a bill to bar them from the country. That includes meeting with refugees and community members to dispel misconceptions. About 11 Michigan communities and counties are working on their resettlement, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo County, Detroit and Clinton County. By Edara Rohitha. For CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS
JUVENILELIFERS: About 350 Michigan inmates serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles could get a chance at parole under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The recent ruling came too late for one inmate from Gaylord convicted in 1988 of murdering a Cheboygan man and who killed himself when he thought parole impossible, according to a friend. We hear from the Lake County prosecutor, Corrections Department and Attorney General’s office. from By Jason Kraft. For CHEBOYGAN, LAKE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CITY PULSE, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS
ABORTIONFUNDING: Some lawmakers are trying to transform last year’s ban on state funding for abortion providers into a state law permanently preventing it. We hear from Right to Life, Planned Parenthood and a Byron Center lawmaker By Joshua Bender. FOR HOLLAND, CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
ENVIRONMENTALJUSTICE: Flint’s water crisis and Detroit’s air quality problems both represent environmental challenges faced by low-income urban communities with large minority populations, some experts say. We hear from the Sierra Club, an MSU engineering professor and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. By Courtney Bourgoin. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
PASTUREDPOULTRY: Poultry farmers are increasingly raising chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese in environmentally greener and healthier habitats, with lower fuel and fertilizer costs and vet bills, the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association says. Among them is Corinne Carpenter of Webberville. An MSU report says the Salatin system of moveable cages for pastured poultry is inexpensive For agriculture and news pages: Top-producing counties include Allegan, Oceana, St. Joseph, Montcalm, Mecosta and Ingham. By Kelly vanFrankenhuyzen. FOR HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, LUDINGTON, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
w/PASTUREDPOULTRY1: Salatin tractor for meat birds. Credit: Caitlin Carpenter.
w/PASTUREDPOULTRY2: The Isa Brown breed is known for brown eggs. Credit: Caitlin Carpenter.
w/PASTUREDPOULTRYTABLE: Top 10 poultry-producing counties in Michigan. Credit: National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
DOGSHOT: A federal judge has cleared the way for the owners of a dog shot by a Corrections Department investigator to collect emotional distress, mental anguish and punitive damages from the state if they win at a jury trial scheduled to begin Feb. 16. The investigator went to the wrong house in Flint in search of a fugitive when he shot Clohe, a 15-year-old pit bull mix in the face. She lost part of her tongue and tooth and underwent three operations. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS
Capital News Service Budget – Week 2