CNS Budget – March 29, 2019

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CNS Budget

March 29, 2019 – 10th file

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf

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

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WELCOME WKAR: Capital News Service welcomes NPR affiliated WKAR Radio as its newest member.


EDITORS: The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame will induct seven members on Sunday, April 14, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University. They are: former public affairs and investigative journalist Kathy Barks Hoffman of The Associated Press, Detroit News and Lansing State Journal; former Automotive News editor and publisher Peter Brown;  former WXYZ (Channel 7) automotive and business reporter Mary Conway; the late Detroit Free Press food writer and restaurant critic Sylvia Rector; retired Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider; retired Detroit Free Press photographer and picture editor Mary Schroeder; and WWJ Newsradio city beat reporter Vickie Thomas. For more information, contact Kareen Lubas at (517) 353-6431 or email For reservations to the induction banquet, see the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame website:


SCHOOL LIBRARIANS – Just in time for library month state lawmakers have introduced legislation requiring libraries and a certified librarian in every Michigan public school.  Michigan is one of the worst in the nation for library access, ranking 47th for its student-to-school librarian ratio, according to the Michigan Education Association. Supporters say librarians are needed to increase literacy rates and to help students identify credible sources of information. By Maxwell Evans. FOR ALL POINTS

GULL DOGS – A new study says that dogs trained to chase gulls from Great Lakes beaches help keep the water clean. Waste produced by the birds can harbor bacteria that prompt beach closings. By Gina Navaroli  FOR LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE MARIE, MARQUETTE, ALCONA, HOLLAND, OCEANA, LEELANAU, MANISTEE, BENZIE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

W/GULL DOGS PHOTO – A border collie owned by Susan Hagberg of Wild Goose Chase hunts the gulls at Jeorse Park Beach in East Chicago, Indiana. Credit: Wild Goose Chase.

DEER DISEASE SPREAD – A disease that afflicts deer in Michigan and 23 other states might also cross over to people, a Minnesota health expert warns. But other authorities disagree and say there is no evidence indicating people  are susceptible to chronic wasting disease. Nonetheless health authorities agree that people should avoid eating the meat of sick animals. By Cassidy Hough. FOR ALL POINTS

W/SICKDEERPHOTO: Deer with chronic wasting disease. Credit: Terry Kreeger, Wyoming Game and Fish and Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance.

BAT INVASION – Climate change and a resistance to a fungal disease that other bats are more susceptible to is driving a new species of the nocturnal flyers into Michigan. A colony in Lenawee County was spotted eating bugs that attack corn and soybeans. By Kelsi Kroll. FOR BLISSFIELD, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

W/EVENING-BAT-PHOTO: An evening bat in hand. Credit Enwebb, Wikimedia Commons, Share Alike 4.0 International license.

HEALTHCARE – A U.S. district judge’s ruling that work requirements for Medicaid recipients should not have been approved in Kentucky and Arkansas could lead to a similar ruling in Michigan, say critics of the requirements Michigan lawmakers approved last year.  By Zaria Phillips. FOR ALL POINTS

MOOSE POOP – What are moose poop and pee good for? That’s a science question, and research on Isle Royale and in northeast Minnesota shows moose effectively transfer nitrogen — an essential nutrient for forest health — from the aquatic plants they chow down on to fertilize the forest. Meanwhile, the National Park Service is continuing its project to restore the island’s population of wolves, which chow down on moose. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

W/MOOSE POOP PHOTO: Moose feeding on Isle Royale. Credit: National Park Service.


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