Oct. 5, 2018 – Week 5
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POLICEUPDATES: Information that could help protect citizens from being unfairly targeted and police from unfair accusations is not required legally to be collected. Michigan is among 29 states that don’t require police to collect demographic information during vehicle stops, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Collecting demographic information from people stopped by the police should be the norm, says the president of Muskegon Community College and a former research director for the Boston Police Department. We also speak to police chiefs in Ludington and Novi, the Michigan Association of Police and a Western Michigan University expert. By Jeremy Wahr. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS.
CONSERVANCIES: One of Michigan’s best-kept secrets is its wealth of pristine forests and undisturbed waters held by various land conservancies: private, nonprofit groups that provide permanent legal protection for natural land. Heart of the Lakes, a statewide organization that represents the majority of Michigan’s 26 land conservancies, found in its 2017 survey that their members control 638,317 acres. We speak to the Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy near Petoskey, Charlevoix and Boyne City, and the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy. By Nick Kipper. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.
w/CONSERVANCIESPHOTO: The Dead River Community Forest managed by the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy. Photo courtesy of the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy.
HEALTHINSURANCE – Small business groups are offering members a new health care plan that they say lowers premiums under an executive order that exempts certain types of plans from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. We talk to business and health insurance experts, including a Kalamazoo business owner. By Jeremy Wahr. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS AND ALL POINTS.
LIFEEXPECTANCY: Michigan health officials now have access to national records that will help them examine disparities in life expectancy in different parts of the state. The U.S. Small Area Life Expectancy Project is the first initiative to measure life expectancy at birth for neighborhoods across the country. The data provides insight into community health and shows that not everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy where they live, the Department of Health and Human Services says. Includes references to life expectancy in Keweenaw, Leelanau. Emmet, Wayne and Mackinac counties. By Lance Cohen. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.
WINE – A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the state violated the constitution by prohibiting out-of-state wine retailers from directly shipping to consumers in Michigan. But the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a related case that might supersede it. Under the contested law, out-of-state wineries can ship to consumers, but out-of-state retailers can’t. The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association argues extending the right to retailers could cause confusion and poor service. By Nick Kipper. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, BENZIE AND ALL POINTS.
SALMONSALES – Each fall the Department of Natural Resources harvests eggs from salmon to supplement natural reproduction. The fish are sold by four northern Michigan retailers in Oscoda, East Tawas and Brethren to the public. By Kaley Fech. FOR MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, MONTMORENCY, ALCONA, GREENVILLE, IONIA, CADILLAC, CLARE, BENZIE, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS
LESSONSFROMFLINT: Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis has drawn international headlines, but some states and their water systems appear to be slow in learning the importance of keeping the public informed about similar risks. New report finds most of the country’s largest water systems have failed to follow an EPA recommendation to publicize where their lead service lines are. Michigan’s new state rules make transparency a requirement, according to DEQ. Clean Water Action says the municipal systems in Lansing and Grand Rapids are in the forefront of removing lead service lines. By Eric Freedman. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.