CNS Budget – Feb. 23, 2018

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Feb. 23, 2018 – Week 6
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf
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EARLY FILE NEXT WEEK: We’ll file Thursday, March 1, instead of Friday because of MSU’s spring break. There will not be a file on Friday, March 9. We resume our regular schedule on Friday, March 16.
MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: The Hall of Fame will induct four members on Sunday, April 15. Susan Ager, formerly of the Detroit Free Press; John McElroy of “Autoline This Week” and WWJ Radio; Jerome Vaughn of WDET; and Jim Wojcik of the Central Michigan University Department of Journalism. For details and registration, go to For questions, contact Kareen Lubas at
Here’s your file:
RESTORATIVEJUSTICE: A 2016 state law requires schools to consider restorative justice options before suspending or expelling students. Such practices emphasize repairing the harm done by a pupil, both to the victim and to the school community. What are districts doing about it? We hear from the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan, a Houghton Lake school official and a Detroit advocacy group, Street Democracy. By Maxwell Evans. FOR BIG RAPIDS, LANSING CITY PULSE, CLARE, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.
SUICIDES: Men and rural residents are at higher risk of suicide than women and urban residents. Leelanau and Ottawa counties have the state’s lowest suicide rate, while Alcona, Oscoda, Lake and two U.P. counties have the highest rates. What’s being done to combat that trend? The Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges a shortage of mental health resources. We talk to Healthy Men Michigan, Community Mental Health of Allegan County and Community Mental Health of Ottawa County. By Crystal Chen. FOR HOLLAND, LEELANAU, LAKE COUNTY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ALCONA, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
w/SUICIDESTABLE: Five counties with the highest suicide rate (Alcona, Ontonagon, Oscoda, Lake, Iron) and lowest suicide rate (Leelanau, Ottawa, Washtenaw, Gratiot, Clinton). Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DELAYEDRETIREMENT: A growing proportion of Michigan residents are working beyond 65, and that trend helps manufacturers that face a shortage of skilled workers. But what does that mean for the employment prospects of younger people? We talk to the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Age-Friendly Grand Rapids, Michigan Tech and state agencies. For news and business sections. By Agnes Bao. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.
HEATING: An Ida lawmaker is leading the push to extend Michigan’s use of federal aid to help low-income households cover their heating costs. Co-sponsors include Escanaba, Hart and Battle Creek senators. The Trump Administration wants to eliminate the assistance program. We hear from the Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft Community Action Agency; FiveCaps, a nonprofit serving Lake, Mason, Manistee and Newaygo counties; and Monroe County Opportunity Program. By Maxwell Evans. FOR BLISSFIELD, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, ST. IGNACE, OCEANA, IONIA AND ALL POINTS.
AUTOMATION: With a shortage of skilled labor, employers are turning increasingly to automation. We learn more about it from the Small Business Association of Michigan, Michigan Manufacturers Association and Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. By Riley Murdock. FOR CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
POTHOLES: This winter has been tougher than usual for Michigan motorists, and local road agencies are scrambling to patch potholes and make other repairs under difficult conditions. We hear from the County Roads Association of Michigan and road commission officials in Ottawa, Oakland, Washtenaw and Lapeer counties. By Colton Wood. FOR HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.
PEPPERSPRAY: A proposal awaiting Senate action would let residents carry much stronger pepper spray for self-defense, putting Michigan in alignment with most other states. Critics say the change could seriously injure intended targets and untrained users. We talk to the lead sponsor, from Manton, and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Co-sponsors include lawmakers from Casco Township, Wolverine and Montague. By Crystal Chen. FOR CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA AND ALL POINTS.
SOLARLEASE: Some farmers are finding that leasing their land for solar power is more profitable than growing crops. We talk to the Farm Bureau, Michigan Environmental Council, MSU Extension expert and a Grand Traverse County Planning Commission member. By Agnes Bao. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.
PARENTALRIGHTS: It’s up to the governor now to decide whether to sign legislation that would strengthen the rights of parents who have already had parental rights terminated for neglect… The lead Senate sponsor is from Sheridan. We talk to a legislator, from Auburn Hills, who voted no and the Michigan Federation for Children and Families. By Gloria Nzeka. FOR GREENVILLE, CLARE, BIG RAPIDS, BIG RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.
PIPINGPLOVERS: Piping plovers, which were endangered and nearly disappeared from the Great Lakes, are back on all five of the big lakes for the first time since 1955. Important populations are nesting at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Wilderness State Park, Ludington State Park and Nordhouse Dunes. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service tells us about efforts to protect them and the birds’ resurgence. By Steven Maier. FOR LUDINGTON, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, OCEANA, MANISTEE, ALCONA, HOLLAND, BENZIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.
w/PIPINGPLOVERSPHOTO: Great Lakes piping plovers are slowly bouncing back after their near-disappearance from the region 35 years ago. Credit: Vince Cavalieri.
PRESS&TRUST: Do Americans trust the press? What do they think about “fake news?” Do they have enough reliable sources of information? A new survey by Gallup/Knight Foundation answers these and related questions in “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” and emphasizes the need for the press to fulfil its role in a democratic society. Commentary for news and editorial sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

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