CNS Bonus Budget, Aug. 30, 2019
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FINAL BONUS BUDGET: This is the last of our occasional summer bonus budgets of environmental stories produced by our partner, Great Lakes Echo and other stories.
FIRST FALL FILE AHEAD: We will file our first weekly package of stories on Friday, Sept. 6.
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PETOSKEY STONES: The near record- high water shrinking Lake Michigan beaches is uncovering a king’s ransom of Petoskey stones. Now is a good time to find the popular stones, experts say, and Petoskey stone hunting is at the pinnacle of a long cycle. But don’t take any from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We hear from a collector-dealer in Traverse City and a National Park Service ranger. By Mark Trifilio. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS.
W/PETOSKEY STONES PHOTO: Credit Wikimedia Commons
SOLAR CHURCHES: Interest in powering Catholic parishes, schools and missions with the sun is surging in the wake of a solar deal recently announced in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. And church groups nationwide, including ones in Michigan, are keeping a close eye on the project. We talk to experts, including the Michigan chapter of Interfaith Power & Light. For news and religion/faith pages. By David Poulson. FOR CORP! LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
ASIAN CARP: Plankton are the preferred food of silver and bighead Asian carp but that food source is declining in the carps’ current breeding areas. However, the fish are still finding lots to eat, making them a greater threat to extend their range in the Great Lakes, according to a recent study by scientists at the University of Michigan and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. These carp eat algae, mussel excrement and many other non-living organic materials, can fast for long periods and can travel long distances. By Ray Garcia. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.
SCANDAL: Members of the U.S. House enmeshed in scandal generally raise more money after the scandal breaks than before, and they overwhelmingly win reelection, a new study shows. That was also true for two Michigan lawmakers, former U.S. Reps John Conyers of Detroit and David Bonior of Mt. Clemens. The lead author and an Oakland University congressional expert, say that’s because political contributors want to protect their “investment” in incumbents, especially when Democratic or Republican control of the House is at stake. For news and editorial/opinion pages. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.
BIG LAKES: Algae pollution, plastic pollution and waste run-off plague the Great Lakes in the United States but similar problems also threaten large bodies of freshwater worldwide. The seven African Great Lakes and Lake Baikal in Russia, two of the world’s largest systems of freshwater, also face these problems daily. Collectively, they account for more than 65 percent of the world’s freshwater. A scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research in Ann Arbor explains. By Ray Garcia. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.
W/BIG LAKES PHOTO: Researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research lift a water monitoring buoy out of Lake Erie. Credit: Ray Garcia.