CNS Budget – April 12, 2019

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CNS Budget

April 12, 2019 – 12th 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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EDITORS: This week’s file contains several stories suited for business pages. Others have significant art for feature pages.



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:


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TAMPONTAX: Lawmakers are weighing if feminine hygiene products should be exempt from sales and use tax. It would be a $6.5 million cut in state tax revenues. The proposal has failed to get to the floor for a vote before. By Maxwell Evans.  FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

DOG PERSONALITY: A Michigan State University study says that dogs take on the personalities of their owners. We interview the MSU researchers and two Lansing dog owners. By Cassidy Hough. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/DOGPHOTO: Fast company: A man, his dog. Researchers say that dogs and their owners have similar personalities. Credit: Cassidy Hough.

WOLF STUDY: Relocating wolves to Isle Royale may be only a temporary solution to the island’s diminishing wolf population, according to a recent study. Researchers studying 30 years of the island’s wolf genetics say the restoration of a population by the National Park Service will reduce problems from inbreeding. But unless wolves keep crossing ice bridges — which are less frequent due to climate change — the improvement will be temporary. By Kaley Fech. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

W/WOLF PHOTO: Isle Royale’s remaining resident pair of wolves before the new influx are father and daughter, as well as half siblings. Credit: Rolf Peterson.

DUNE DEATH BY BABY’S BREATH: Researchers are tracking down the DNA of baby’s breath, a plant that destroys the fragile ecology of Great Lakes dunes. The information will help them better kill the invasive plant. By Andrew Blok. FOR PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LUDINGTON, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, MARQUETTE, ALCONA, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, MANISTEE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, OCEANA, BENZIE, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS

W/BABYSBREATHPHOTO: Baby’s breath, an invasive plant with small white flowers, colonizes dune ecosystems along the Great Lakes and outcompetes native plants and animals. Credit: Sarah Lamar


W/SPRAYERSPHOTO: Spraying an herbicide is an effective way to control baby’s breath, though some conservationists can be hesitant to use it. Credit: Shaun Howard


W/SPADESPHOTO: Severing baby’s breath taproot can kill it. If the cut is not made deep enough below the plant it can grow back. Credit: Shaun Howard.


W/TAPROOTSPHOTO: Baby’s breath taproots can reach 10 feet into the soil. These have been severed low enough to prevent them from sprouting again. Credit: Shaun Howard.

MOBILE HOMES: A Michigan group that advocates for low-income people is suing a statewide mobile home park company for selling homes owned by former residents. They say that residents, who rent space in the park but are evicted from home they still own, should be paid when the park owners sell them. By Zaria Phillips. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND,  LUDINGTON, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS.

SOMETHING SPECTACULAR: Howard Tanner made a revolutionary decision more than 50 years ago that changed the ecology of the Great Lakes. In a bid to reduce the alewives washing up dead in huge, rotting drifts on Great Lakes beaches, he brought salmon here. Tanner has written “Something Spectacular – My Great Lakes Salmon Story” to explain that decision and the enormous sport fishery it created. By William Grimm. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BENZIE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, OCEANA, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

W/SPECTACULAR PHOTO: “Something Spectacular, My Great Lakes Salmon Story,” published by the Michigan State University Press, is available in print for $39.95 and as an eBook for $31.95.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SPENDING:  International students contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy and supported almost a half a million American jobs in the 2017-18 academic year. Michigan accounts for $1.2 billion of those funds and 3% of the jobs, with MSU and U-M the biggest contributors among the state’s public and private colleges and universities. However, a recent national decline in international student enrollment could negatively impact Michigan’s economy, experts say. By Jasmine Hall. For LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.

WINE EXPORTS: Michigan’s wine industry has rapidly expanded but the state’s wineries are finding it hard to crack into highly competitive international markets, from distant China to nearby Canada. We hear about the situation from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and from northern Michigan’s oldest winery.  By Kaley Fech. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.


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