CNS BUDGET – March 1, 2019

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CNS budget 3/1/2019


March 1, 2019 – seventh file


To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf


WELCOME CORP! MAGAZINE: We’re pleased to welcome the statewide business magazine Corp! Magazine as the newest Capital News Service member.  


NOTE: CNS will not file March 8, the week of spring break. Our next file is March 15.

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COURT CLOSURES – A district court in the Upper Peninsula is slated for closure, and three more could be consolidated in mid-Michigan. It’s part of a state efficiency move that has resulted in the loss of 34 judgeships in the last eight years. That’s saved $29.3 million, but some legal experts question the cost-cutting move’s impact on underserved areas. And a need to address the opioid crisis may help save the district court in Menominee. by Maxwell Evans. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

SNOWY OWLS – Cold winds aren’t the only Arctic exports to Michigan. State residents are catching glimpses of snowy owls, majestic birds with a range extending into the northern Great Lakes region more often than scientists once believed. You can report Michigan sightings on Facebook and on birding sites dedicated to tracking the birds. By Kelsi Kroll. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/SNOWY OWL PHOTO – Snowy owl. Credit: Christian Pirker by way of Pixabay

ICE ALERTS – Great Lakes freighters and ice breakers stand to benefit from an ice forecasting system under development at the University of Michigan. The aim is to make highly technical data as understandable as a television weather forecast. By Andrew Blok. FOR LUDINGTON, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, ALCONA, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, OCEANA, BENZIE, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.

w/ICE BREAKER PHOTO – The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw escorts a ship through the lake ice under the Mackinac Bridge. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

POLYSTYRENE – Recycling plastic foam is inconvenient, and it’s often excluded from curbside recycling because it easily breaks apart, can contaminate other recyclables and is costly to transport. East Lansing is one of the Michigan communities that’s found a way to deal with the challenge of recycling polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam and foam, in partnership with Mason-based Dart Container Corp. We also talk to the Foodservice Packaging Institute. By Kalea Hall. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, CORP! MAGAZINE AND ALL POINTS.

           w/POLYSTRENEBALESPHOTO: Bales of densified foam at the Dart Container Corp. in Mason. Each bale weighs between 600–700 pounds. Credit: Kalea Hall.

           w/POLYSTRENEELZINGAPHOTO: Dart recycling and community outreach specialist Ashley Elzinga shows how foam is broken down into tiny plastic pellets. Credit: Kalea Hall.

           w/POLYSTRENEPRODUCTSPHOTO: Picture frames, clipboards and rulers are among the items made from recycled polystyrene. Credit: Kalea Hall.

ISLE ROYALE HISTORY – The National Park Service has put Isle Royale – Minong in Ojibwe – on the National Register of Historic Places. The action formally recognizes centuries of historic legacies of the 400-island archipelago in Lake Superior, including copper mining, fishing, hunting, trapping, recreation and a wide range of uses by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. By Eric Freedman. FOR BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/ISLEROYALEPHOTO: Aerial view of Locke Point. National Park Service, Paul Brown.


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