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FACIAL RECOGNITION: Lawmakers might restrict how Michigan police can use facial recognition software to fight crime. A bill in the Senate would ban evidence obtained through facial recognition scanning, a process where a person’s photograph can be run through a database of everyone who’s been arrested. Similarly, House lawmakers are considering a five-year moratorium on the technology’s use. The lawmakers are concerned about potential errors and abuse by law enforcement, but police say the technology is more efficient than mug books and helps solve crimes. We speak to a Detroit-area bill sponsor, the Michigan ACLU and the heads of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. By Evan Jones. FOR ALL POINTS
NEWS FROM HOME: How do international students keep track of news and events in their home countries? Michigan State University students from Turkey, China and Zambia explain. By Mila Murray. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
W/NEWSFROMHOMEPHOTO1: Michigan State University senior Ece Erder of Istanbul Turkey. Credit: Mila Murray.
W/NEWSFROMHOMEPHOTO2: Michigan State University cconomics senior Zinan Zhang of Nantong, China. Credit: Mila Murray.
W/NEWSFROMHOMEPHOTO3: Michigan State University international relations senior Luyando Katenda, 23, of Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: Mila Murray.
BEE DISCOVERY: It’s taken more than seven decades, but one of North America’s rarest bees has returned to Michigan — if it truly ever disappeared, that is. Researchers found the parasitic cuckoo bee in a Midland County nature preserve 74 years after it was last identified in the state, but it could have been hiding in plain view. The host bee for this parasite was recently found in Alcona, Lenawee, Alpena, Dickinson, Midland, Hillsdale, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. We hear from an MSU entomologist who co-authored a new study. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, ALCONA, BLISSFIELD AND ALL POINTS.
W/BEE DISCOVERY PHOTO1: Researcher Michael Killewald searching for bees at Averill Preserve in Midland County. Credit: Thomas Wood.
W/BEE DISCOVERY PHOTO 2: Cuckoo bee. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
W/BEE DISCOVERY PHOTO 3: Yellow loosestrife (oil) bee. Credit: Thomas Wood.
PLASTIC ENTREPRENEURS: University student-entrepreneurs think they have a solution for Great Lakes plastic pollution: recycle it into snorkels. By Bryanna Idzior. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
w/PLASTIC ENTREPRENEURS PHOTO — Design of snorkel that entrepreneurs want to make from recycled plastic. Credit: Tydal Aquatics.