Nov. 4, 2016
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SELFIES: In the age of smartphones, social media and selfies, millennials are especially eager to share photos, but Michigan law says to think twice before snapping one with your ballot. We talk to a legislator trying to get the law changed, the Secretary of State’s office and a social media expert who says shooting voting pics appeals to a younger crowd trying to affirm they are good people, persuade others to vote and document participation in an historic election. Maybe so, but it is against the law. By Bridget Bush. FOR ALL POINTS.
CHURCHPOLLING: Some voters who don’t like to darken the door of a church will be out of luck Tuesday. That’s because many communities use churches as convenient polling places. And that makes advocates of the separation of church and state nervous. We talk to officials and citizens in Chippewa, Emmet and Washtenaw counties. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.
TAXBILL: Local officials worry that a plan to expand the number of nonprofit organizations exempt from property taxes will bring a significant hit on revenues that already have dramatically declined. The proposed statewide legislation is based on a Michigan Supreme Court decision involving a Wexford County medical group. By Ray Wilbur. FOR CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.
FACES: Michigan State Police are the nation’s leaders in protecting privacy during facial recognition searches, according to a recent report by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology. Still, not many people may know that their drivers license photos may appear in such an electronic line up of potential criminal suspects. We talk to a White Lake legislator, the Michigan Sheriff’ Association and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. By Bridget Bush. FOR ALL POINTS
NEWSHERIFFS: Michigan will have a record number of new county sheriffs after Tuesday’s election. Twenty-six new candidates for sheriff are either running unopposed or are running against a non-incumbent. An additional 17 incumbent sheriffs face challengers. One reason for the record turnover is that Vietnam-era veterans who went into law enforcement in the 70s are reaching retirement age. We talk to sheriffs in Montcalm, Bay and Crawford counties and the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR CHEBOYGAN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GREENVILLE AND ALL POINTS.
LEADFUNDING: Funding to remediate lead contaminated buildings is unequally distributed across the state, putting rural communities at a disadvantage for protecting the health of their residents. We talk to rural county officials, the Michigan Environmental Council, a West Michigan lead health expert and state health officials. By Ray Wilbur. FOR GRAND RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, GREENVILLE, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS
TALLBUILDINGS: Traverse City voters are deciding whether to limit the height of that city’s buildings with a local proposal that may have statewide implications. By Caitlin DeLuca. FOR ALL POINTS.
STRAITSVIEW: You can watch how water flows through the Straits of Mackinac with an online animation that shows how it switches directions and reaches speeds as fast as some Great Lakes rivers. The animations produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can be help find lost boats, predict conditions for freighters and track oil spills. By Kate Habrel. FOR CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS
w/STRAITSVIEWGRAPHIC: The Straits of Mackinac. Image: NOAA/Kaye LaFond
ORCHIDPHOTOGRAPHER: The tiny white-and-pink flowers made Mark Carlson’s heart pound. His 30-year quest to find and photograph the small round-leaved orchis was finally over. Carlson, a 58-year-old Michigan professional nature photographer is on a mission to photograph the state’s best orchids. He’s already bagged 50 in the orchid-rich state. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR ALL POINTS
w/ORCHIDPHOTOGRAPHERPHOTO1: Mark Carlson and his miniature Australian shepherd, Tressie, on a bench overlooking the Looking Glass River in Laingsburg, Michigan. Tressie is named for a kind of orchid. Image: Karen Hopper Usher
w/ORCHIDPHOTOGRAPHERPHOTO2: Mark Carlson searched for the small round-leaved orchis for 30 years. Image: Mark S. Carlson
Nov. 4, 2016