Nov. 30, 2018 – Week 13
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TARTCHERRIES – Embattled Michigan cherry growers got a win last month when the president revoked Turkey’s duty-free status for cherry juice. But while the move keeps Turkey from getting free access to the U.S. market, growers say the tariff is not big enough to keep away imports that harm prices. We talk to struggling cherry growers from Leelanau and Oceana counties and the Farm Bureau. By Kaley Fech. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.
GAMBLING – Lawmakers could legalize internet gambling from your phone or home computer before the end of the year. Whether the action will produce a new tax revenue stream for the state is in dispute. And opponents say if it goes through that some of that revenue should be diverted into programs that treat gambling addiction. The House has already passed the measure which is pending in a Senate committee. We hear from an Oshtemo Township lawmaker, National Indian Gaming Commission and Association on Problem Gambling. By Nick Kipper. FOR BAY MILLS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS
EDUCATIONCORPS – An attempt to solidify funding for a non-government group that helps reading and math teachers help students meet looming state standards is unlikely to pass before the end of the year. But supporters of the Michigan Education Corps say most likely it will continue to receive appropriations from the incoming Legislature. We talk to the bill sponsor from Hart, the executive director of the program and the Michigan Education Association. By Jeremy Wahr. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, LANSING CITY LIMITS AND ALL POINTS
RECYCLING – The state is offering grants of up to $500,000 to improve local recycling programs. When Emmet County got a similar state grant, it bought new and bigger recycling bins for curbside pickup. The amount of recycling jumped. That’s the kind of improvement the state is hoping for with the new round of grants because its recycling rate is way below national averages. We hear from the Michigan Recycling Coalition and DEQ. By Lance Cohen. FOR HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS