April 6, 2018 – Week 11
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NATIVEHISTORY: Officials are taking a hard look at state historical markers that are offensive or inaccurate about Native Americans and ignore their contributions to Michigan and the Great Lakes region. One marker has been removed on Mackinac Island, where the state is converting a historic fur trader’s house to a Native American museum. Kalamazoo is removing a controversial statue showing settlers conquering native peoples. We talk to the Michigan Historic Center, Mackinac State Historic Parks and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. By Maxwell Evans. FOR ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.
w/NATIVEHISTORYPHOTO: Historic Biddle House on Mackinac Island was once a fur trader’s home and will become a Native American history museum. Credit: Creative Commons.
BODYCAMS: Michigan’s body cam privacy law took effect this year. Law enforcement officers are divided on their desirability and usefulness, citing questions about cost, privacy and effectiveness. Sheriff and police departments weigh in, including Montcalm County, Macomb County, Howell and Grand Valley State University. By Crystal Chen. FOR GREENVILLE, IONIA, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
RURALBIKING: Bicycle safety in rural areas is of great concern. One approach is increasing the use of trails for non-motorized vehicles, such as the White Pine Trail between Comstock Park and Cadillac, and the Kal-Haven Trail between Kalamazoo and South Haven. Some communities have bike-friendly “complete street” plans, including Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and Lansing. We talk to the DNR, League of Michigan Bicyclists, Pere Marquette Snowmobile Club in Evart. By Maxwell Evans. FOR CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, GREENVILLE, HERALD-REVIEW, HOLLAND, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
FOSTERPARENTS: There’s a strong need for foster parents in Michigan where five out of every 1,000 children are in foster care, a tough but rewarding task. We talk to two nonprofit groups that promote foster parenting and to the Department of Health and Human Services. By Crystal Chen. FOR ALL POINTS.
TELEHEALTH: Telehealth services were promoted as a less expensive and faster way to get health care to residents of rural areas, but there are concerns by doctors and patients. We talk to a health care service in Marquette, the medical officer in District 10, which covers much of the northern Lower Peninsula, and the Michigan State Medical Society. By Agnes Bao. FOR MARQUETTE, LUDINGTON, CRAWFORD COUNTY, MANISTEE, LAKE COUNTY, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, OCEANA, BAY MILLS. SAULT STE. MARIE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
TEENSUICIDES: Suicide rates among teenagers nationally are at a 40-year high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the rate among girls rising faster than among boys. Nobody knows the precise reasons. We talk to anti-suicide activists from Grand Haven and Muskegon County. By Gloria Nzeka. FOR HOLLAND, OCEANA, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
RENEWABLENERGY: DTE Energy’s new plan submitted to the Public Service Commission promises to double its use of renewable energy by 2021, but critics say the utility’s plan doesn’t go far enough. They also question the need to build a new natural gas-fired plant in St. Clair County. The company provides electricity in Southeast Michigan and natural gas in much of the state. We talk to DTE Energy, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and Michigan Environmental Council. By Kaley Fech. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, OCEANA, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, MONTMORENCY, ALCONA, CLARE, GLADWIN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, MARQUETTE, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, BENZIE, HERALD-STAR AND ALL POINTS.
HEPATITIS: Vaccination efforts by local health departments and the state have helped reduce the hepatitis A outbreak that started in 2016, infected 797 people in 32 counties and caused 25 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services tells how it and local health departments (District 4, Benzie-Leelanau, Northwest Michigan) have battled the disease, apparently ending the outbreak. By Casey Hull. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, MONTMORENCY, BENZIE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
VEHICLEMISSIONS: The EPA is considering lower emission standards for new vehicles. Environmentalists say that would be a step backward. A poll last year found that more than seven out of 10 Michiganders favor the current vehicle emission standard, with only 21 percent supporting a lower standard..We hear from the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association, Michigan Environmental Council and the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. By Agnes Bao. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
LABORSHORTAGE: A shortage of skilled workers has left manufacturers struggling to fill openings. Baker College in Cadillac has a program to help fill the skills gap, as do Henry Ford College and Oakland Community College. The Michigan Manufacturers Association discusses the problems. By Riley Murdock. FOR CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
w/LABORSHORTAGEPHOTO1: Baker College of Cadillac’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation. Credit: Mark Lagerwey.
w/LABORSHORTAGEPHOTO2: Baker College of Cadillac’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation. Credit: Mark Lagerwey.
ADDICTIONTREATMENT: New research and a recently announced federal investigation may lead to more states using addiction treatment medications such as methadone for prisoners struggling with substance abuse behind bars. We hear from the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department, a Muskegon Correctional Facility sergeant and an ex-addict from Ottawa County. By Colton Wood. FOR HOLLAND, IONIA, GREENVILLE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
OPIOIDS: Tougher rules on opioid prescriptions may make it tougher for hospice services to provide pain medication for dying patients. We hear from Hospice of Michigan. Lawmakers from from Manton, Clare and Bainbridge have a proposal to address that problem. By Riley Murdock. FOR CADILLAC, CLARE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
SEXEDUCATION: Amid widespread attention to sexual assault, schools would be required to revamp how they teach about affirmative consent in sex ed classes under a proposal by a Mason lawmaker, with a Calumet cosponsor. We also hear from an Ingham County senator, the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence based in Okemos and the MEA. By Colton Wood. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
POLICEDIVERSITY: Law enforcement agencies are struggling to recruit a more diverse pool of officers and deputies. Reasons include public perceptions of law enforcement officers, the cost of training and lack of information about careers. We hear about the Holland Police Department’s efforts and talk to the Howell police chief, the Oakland Police Academy and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. By Gloria Nzeka. FOR HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
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