March 25, 2016 Budget

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Capital News Service Budget – Week 9
March 25, 2016
To: CNS Editors
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Editors note free MSU workshop on reporting on drinking water on April 16. Information here:
Here is your file:
UPEMPLOYMENT: While Michigan’s statewide unemployment rate dips below 5 percent, workers in the northern part of the state continue to struggle. The north didn’t benefit from the recovery of the auto industry and areas not strong in seasonal tourism are especially hurting. By Joshua Bender. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MONTMORENCY, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, GRAND RAPID BUSINESS, CADILLAC, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, ALCONA, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS.
PRESSRIGHTS: High school journalists are pressing for greater freedom to pursue stories without interference from administrators. A bill clarifying the rights of high school and college journalists recently passed a Senate committee unanimously despite the objections of some school administrators. We talk to one of the bill sponsors, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, the Students Press Law Center, two high school journalists, the Michigan Association of High School Principals, and the Michigan Association of State Universities. By Jasmine Watts. FOR MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
LESSCOPS: A new state report says that the number of police in Michigan dropped 15 percent from 2001 to 2014. But crime also dropped during that period. Some police say that’s contrary to conventional wisdom, but police agencies are finding ways to do more with less. We hear from a Holland police captain, the Sheriffs’ Association, a Grand Ledge senator and the State Police troopers union. By Joshua Bender. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.
CLEAN: A new report says that Michigan is among the Midwest leaders in clean energy jobs and that passing stronger state policies requiring the use of alternative energy can spur the economy even more. Energy policies the state adopted in 2008 are paying off and more action would continue the trend, clean energy folks say. We talk to the Michigan Environmental Council, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and economist Charles Ballard. By Jasmine Watts. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
APPLES: Researchers at Michigan State University partnered with a French company to develop a new way of storing apples for longer periods without losing their freshness. The technique could benefit the state’s fruit crop and potentially cherries, asparagus and other produce. By Jason Kraft. FOR GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, STURGIS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.
LAKEINVADERSBOOK:  Some are slimy. Others jump at the sight of humans. But most remain mysterious – cloaked below the water’s surface – and ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting ecosystem. They are the Great Lakes aquatic invaders. A Grosse Pointe writer tells their story and their threat in a new book to be released April 4. By Kevin Duffy. FOR ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, BAY MILLS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.
w/LAKEINVADEERSBOOKCOVER: Credit Wayne State University Press.
PRCRISISFLINT: Commentary. The governor’s bad-PR-is-our-real-problem mindset is reflected by the deluge of press releases, advisories and pronouncements pouring from his office. The administration’s Joint Information Center has been prolific as well. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

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