CNS Budget – April 5, 2019

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CNS Budget

April 5, 2019 – 11th file

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf

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

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 432-5417 or (517) 899-1640

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:

Here is your file:

GOLF BALL POLLUTION – When Melody Lowery visits her aunt’s house at Bay Harbor, she collects a suitcase full of golf balls that wash up along the Lake Michigan beach. While microplastics get plenty of attention as a Great Lakes pollutant, researchers say there is not enough information  to know if these macroplastic golf balls pose similar harm in freshwater systems. But for one Michigan man the millions of errant balls shot into water hazards provides a recycling challenge that is helping his crew of divers and disabled workers. By Angela Mulka FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

SCHOOL START: This winter’s polar vortex may have given local school districts leverage for eliminating a state requirement that their start dates must be after Labor Day, with implications for tourism and other businesses. We hear from the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors include lawmakers from Sturgis, Grand Rapids and Manton. By Kaley Fech. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

FIREFIGHTINGFOAM – As lawmakers try to phase out the use of firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals, fire chiefs say the state needs to prioritize a safe disposal mechanism for such foams. By Maxwell Evans. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND, BLISSFIELD, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

DUNE PICTURES: Have any pictures of a Lake Michigan vacation you took 25 years ago or more? Researchers are looking for old pictures of the iconic Great Lakes landscape to document how it has changed. By Marshall Lee Weimer. FOR PETOSKEY, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, BENZIE COUNTY, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS.

W/DUNEPHOTO1: Montague, 2001. Credit: Michigan Environmental Council

W/DUNEPHOTO2: Montague, 2008. Credit: Michigan Environmental Council

W/DUNEPHOTO3: Montague, 2014. Credit: Michigan Environmental Council

SNAP: Advocates say that proposed cuts in President Donald Trump’s federal budget could restrict food assistance now received by 1.2 million Michigan residents. By Zaria Phillips. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

STRAWBERRY DAMAGE: Strawberry growers in Michigan are assessing winter damage and protecting the crop from spring temperature changes as they get set to protect local markets from out-of-state growers. We talk to MSU experts and a strawberry grower in Eagle. By Claire Moore. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, BLISSFIELD, IONIA, GREENVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS.

WOLF TURF: As the Upper Peninsula reaches its capacity for grey wolves – there are more than 650 now — chances increase that some will migrate south across the ice to the northern Lower Peninsula, which currently has no wolves but plenty of suitable habitat for denning. A new study identifies possible travel routes across the frozen Straits of Mackinac to such landing sites as Wilderness and Cheboygan state parks. Computer modeling also identified suitable habitat, including a large area in Montmorency, Alcona and Oscoda counties. We talk to experts at DNR and Central Michigan University. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, LUDINGTON, BAY MILLS, LEELANAU, BENZIE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

           W/WOLF TURF MAP1: Models of suitable den habitat patches and travel paths for wolves. Credit: Heather Stricker.

           W/WOLF TURF MAP2: Possible wolf travel routes between the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Credit: Heather Stricker


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