Oct. 19, 2018 – Week 7
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DRIVINGHIGH – Michigan law enforcement officials are worried about how they will enforce driving while high laws if the recreational marijuana ballot proposal is approved this November. They say there is no good roadside test like a breathalyzer for alcohol. We talk to the Cheboygan County undersheriff and the executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. By Lance Cohen. FOR CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
PRIVATEPOLICE – Michigan companies, malls, neighborhoods and other groups could create their own private police forces under legislation that public police agencies say will be less accountable and well-trained. Supporters say they are a way of increasing the visibility of law officers. By Jeremy Wahr. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
SCHOOLSAFETY – Michigan officials are about to dole out $25 million in grants to make schools more secure from attacks by active shooters. But the 400 schools that applied for the money would need $70 million to meet their needs. We talk to Grand Haven Sen. Dave Hildenbrand who had sponsored legislation for more money. By Nick Kipper. FOR GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS
YOOPERLITE: An Upper Peninsula casino worker is turning the discovery of a glowing rock into a career. Michigan native Erik Rintamaki is leading yooperlite tours, selling rocks and licensing merchandise. By Whitney McDonald. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.
w/YOOPERROCK:Yooperlite glowing under a blacklight. Credit: Erik Rintamaki
w/YOOPERGUIDE: Erik Rintamaki hosting a yooperlite night pick tour in September. Credit: Shirley Klemmer
GREATLAKESTHREAT: Great Lakes residents are more concerned about invasive species than climate change, but researchers say that the two are closely linked. A recent poll of 4,000 regional residents found that they ranked invasive species only below pollution in a list of concerns about the Great Lakes water quality and surrounding environment. Only 3 percent listed climate change as a top worry. By Anntaninna Biondo. FOR ALL POINTS
W/THREATCHART: What is the greatest threat the Great Lakes face?
RESTOCKINGWOLVESCOMMENTARY: The controversial National Park Service decision to restock wolves on Isle Royale to help control the moose population raises scientific and ethical questions about human intervention and which species to save. Commentary. By Mark Neuzil & Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
w/RESTOCKINGWOLVESCOMMENTARYCHART: Populations of wolves (blue) and moose (yellow) have fluctuated between peaks and crashes in recent decades. Credit: National Park Service.
w/RESTOCKINGWOLVESCOMMENTARYPHOTO: Releasing a female wolf on Isle Royale on Oct. 2. Credit: Jim Peaco, National Park Service.