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Editors: This is our last weekly file of the semester. Next Friday, Dec. 13, we will move our traditional end-of-semester bonus week package of still-timely stories you may not have had space for earlier. During the winter break we plan to move one or two packages of Michigan-focused environmental stories in partnership with Great Lakes Echo.
Our first file of the spring semester is Friday, Jan. 17.
Here is your file:
RECESSION PREP: A new report quantifies how much cities failed to recover from the recession even while Michigan’s economy improved. From 2002 to 2017, cities lost 12% in total revenue, 37% in state revenue sharing and 15% in property taxes, according to the Michigan Municipal League. We talk to officials in Marquette, the league and a Michigan State University economist. Localization note: editors can find their city’s decline with new online tool developed by the league at http://www.savemicity.org/revenue-snapshot/ By Evan Jones For CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS AND BUSINESS AND NEWS PAGES OF ALL POINTS
AU SABLE MURDER: Any book featuring euchre and fly fishing on the Au Sable River has a built-in Michigan audience. East Lansing author R. Charles McLravy’s latest book in the Burr Lafayette mystery series throws in a murder to create plenty of bait for reeling in mystery fans. By Tasia Bass. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALCONA, LANSING CITY PULSE, MONTMORENCY AND ALL POINTS.
W/AUSABLE CUTTER: Charles Cutter is the pen name of East Lansing attorney R. Charles McLravy, who blends law and fishing in courtroom mystery.
W/AU SABLE BOOK COVER: The Gray Drake dives deep into the world of fly fishing.
OPIOID TREATMENT: Coaching and counseling by smart phone in underserved northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula communities is among the latest tools in a statewide attempt to treat painkiller addiction. Other efforts include a campaign to treat the addiction as a health issue and to expand treatment in Michigan prisons. By Evan Jones. FOR ALL POINTS
LITTER HURTS ECONOMY: More litter means fewer Great Lakes tourists, according to a recent federal study. And that means less jobs and less money for the local economy. The study found that doubling the litter along Lake Erie would discourage more than a third of visitors from coming back. By Indri Mauladar. FOR LUDINGTON, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, BLISSFIELD, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, BENZIE, ALCONA, BAY MILLS, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU AND BUSINESS AND NEWS PAGES OF ALL POINTS.
W/LITTER PHOTO: Trash on Ohio’s Crane Creek State Park beach along Lake Erie. Credit: Benny Mazur via Flickr.
EXPORT CONTROLS: Michigan high-tech exports — which make up 1.1% of the U.S. total— may be subject to government controls partly due to international trade conflicts with the state’s third-biggest export market, China. Congress passed the Export Control Reform Act last year to regulate the transfer of specified technologies, information and services from the U.S., including artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, robotics, advanced computing technology and advanced surveillance technologies. A U-M economist and a Lansing trade lawyer explain. For business and news sections. By Mila Murray. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
FARM ECONOMY: Michigan’s farm economy and exports are suffering due to a perfect storm of adverse factors, including bad weather and trade conflicts with China, Mexico and Canada. Dairy and soybean farmers are especially hard hit. We talk to Farm Bureau experts and a Sanilac County farmer. For news, business and agriculture sections. By Katrianna Ray. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.