CNS Budget – Jan. 25, 2018

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Jan. 25, 2019 – Second  file

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Sheila Schimpf

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841;

For other matters, contact Eric Freedman at or (517) 256-3873 (cell) or (517) 355-4729 (office).


COMPUTERSCIENCE – A new organization, MI-Coding, is offering more teachers opportunities to teach computer science to K-12 students, including districts in Ludington, Caledonia, Iron Mountain and Beaver Island. It’s part of an effort to boost STEM learning. We talk to experts at West Shore Educational District, the Mathematics and Science Centers Network and teachers in Norton Shores and Rockford. By Zaria Phillips. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, LAKE, OCEANA COUNTY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

BLACKMARKETWEED – Voters spoke in November, but the state’s lack of final regulations and licenses for recreational pot shops mean it’s still illegal to buy or sell even small amounts. Even after shops open, there still may be black market demand for weed. Small police agencies may be unable to send their officers to a State Police program for training on how to recognize high drivers. Meanwhile, tiny Constantine in Southwest Michigan has licensed 11 medical marijuana facilities. We hear from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Constantine village manager and the Office of Highway Safety Planning. By Maxwell Evans. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL AND ALL POINTS.

SCRAPTIRES– DEQ awards almost $1 million to 65 applicants that will hold scrap tire collection days around the state. The state produces 10 million scrap tires every year and many end up in ditches, ponds and woods. Recycled they could end up on highways or gardens. We talk to the DEQ, Kingsford city manager and the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority. By Sheila Schimpf. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS  AND ALL POINTS.

EDITORS: a list of all 65 grant winners can be found at,4561,7-135–487456–,00.html

GONEFISHING –  The number of Michigan anglers who are women is climbing while male anglers decline. A Michigan Tech study shows Montmorency County had the highest proportion of adult anglers in 2014: 53.7 percent of male and 18.1 percent of female residents. More than 15 percent of women and more than 45 percent of men in Ontonagon, Schoolcraft, Luce, Presque Ile and Arenac counties bought licenses that year. DNR hopes to lure more millenial women with social media campaigns. We hear from DNR, MUCC and a Michigan Tech researcher. Localize with county data from maps. By Eric Freedman. FOR MONTMORENCY,  MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, ALCONA AND ALL POINTS.

w/GONEFISHINGMENMAP: Change in  male residents with fishing licenses in each county between 2000 and 2014. Credit: Michigan Technological University

w/GONEFISHINGWOMENMAP: Change in female residents with fishing licenses in each county between 2000 and 2014. Credit: Michigan Technological University



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