Oct. 20, 2017 — Week 7
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MICHWINE: The fires in California wine country have little impact on Michigan wine sales which are continuing to climb. Even if the devastation is severe in the nation’s top wine-producing region, Michigan wine producers say it could be a few years before they see any effect — if at all. Meanwhile, Michigan wine sales and grape plantings continue to rise, putting the state squarely within the nation’s top 10 wine-producing states. By Carl Stoddard. FOR LEELENAU, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS
WAGES: Community colleges are seeking wage information from Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to help figure out if their programs are working and how to change them so they do. But unlike the state’s universities, they are barred by law from accessing the information that they say is helpful for them to meet the needs of students. By Jack Nissen. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS
LAKEERIE: A diverse group of Michigan organizations has formed a coalition to improve Lake Erie water quality that could be a model for fighting similar problems in Saginaw Bay and the state’s inland lakes. Farm, environmental, university, government and landscape groups are fighting unsightly algae that threatens human health. By Kaley Fech. FOR ALL POINTS
HEPATITISA – Some outstate health officials are bracing for the possible spread of hepatitis A from Detroit where there is a significant outbreak of the disease that particularly targets the homeless and drug abusers. By Stephen Olschanski. FOR ALL POINTS
SEAL: Within the next two years Michigan may offer high school graduates a chance to earn a “Biliteracy seal” to place on their diplomas. The program, already in place in 27 other states, encourages students to become fluent in a foreign language. By Jingjing Nie. FOR ALL POINTS
CORPS: Michigan will allow governments and businesses to more easily access its volunteer Cyber Civilian Corps under legislation the governor is expected to sign this week. It will no longer require a state of emergency declaration to activate the group of computer security experts. The legislation also protects the volunteers from lawsuits if they inadvertently cause problems. By Jingjing Nie. ATTENTION BUSINESS EDITORS. FOR ALL POINTS.
CYCLINGPROF: A professor bicycled around each of the Great Lakes to write a book that shows how central they are to the nation’s history. Thomas Shevory’s “The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour” takes readers on a cruise through friendly towns in Michigan’s Thumb and by steel plants in Sault Ste Marie while relating such stories as how trappers drove the country’s colonial economy. By Jacqueline Kelly. FOR ALL POINTS
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Oct. 20, 2017 — Week 7