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ELDER ABUSE: New legislation to protect elderly residents against financial scams is the latest in a string of statewide initiatives aimed at helping senior citizens. State officials recently announced grants to combat elder abuse and the Attorney General has rolled out a reporting form for investigating that crime. We talk to a Delta Township lawmaker. By Evan Jones. FOR MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, LANSING CITY PULSE, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
COUNTING HOMELESS: As the 2020 census approaches, state and local officials are striving to make sure that homeless and young residents get counted. That’s key to getting the state’s fair share of federal funding and representation in Congress. Particularly hard to count are homeless children. By Evan Jones FOR ALL POINTS
Localization note: HOMELESS KIDS BY COUNTY below lists the percentages of homeless children in your counties.
W/HOMELESS GRAPHIC: Percentage of children under four who are homeless. Credit: Michigan League for Public Policy.
W/HOMELESS KIDS BY COUNTY: List of percentages by county of children under four who are homeless. Credit: Michigan League for Public Policy.
OLDER JUDGES: A proposed constitutional amendment would abolish the age limit for Michigan judges, but not in time for current state Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman who will be too old to run again next year. We talk to the chief sponsor, from Wyoming, an Ottawa County judge and AARP. Cosponsors include a Wolverine lawmaker. Among the judges forced out last year because of age are ones from Ingham, Grand Traverse, Kent, Delta, Iron, Newaygo, Missaukee, Leelanau and Keweenaw counties. By Eric Freedman. FOR HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, BIG RAPIDS, LUDINGTON, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.
INVASIVE STINK BUG KILLERS: Sometimes you have to fight invasive species with invasive species. That’s the idea behind raising and releasing the non-native samurai wasps into Michigan’s environment to battle the brown marmorated stink bug, a pest that if left unchecked could destroy a significant number of the state’s crops. By Andrew Blok. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS