Jan. 8, 2020 CNS BONUS Budget

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To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman


For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841; cepak@msu.edu.

For other matters, contact Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873; freedma5@msu.edu.

Editors:  This is our 3rd winter break bonus budget with a commentary by CNS director Eric Freedman and Michigan stories from our partner Great Lakes Echo.

Our first file of the spring semester will be on Friday, Jan. 17.

Here is your file:

POLLINATORS CONSERVATION: Researchers are seeking fundamental knowledge about pollinators like bumble bees and butterflies, hoping to reverse their decline. A new MSU identified drought-tolerant plants that could best attract these beneficial insects. Much of the region’s fruit and vegetable production occurs on coarse soils, and periods of extended drought are becoming more common in the Great Lakes area. The recent rediscovery of a parasitic wild bee species in the Saginaw Bay area is a good sign. We talk to researchers and a federal task force. For news and farm sections. By Weiting Du. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

w/POLLINATORS GARDEN PHOTO:  A bee visiting flowers in Michigan State University’s Harold & Martha Davidson Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds Garden, which was designed for pollinators and education. Credit: Weiting Du.

w/POLLINATORS PARASITIC BEE PHOTO: A male Macropis nuda, the principal host of a rare parasitic bee (Epeoloides pilosulus) at Algonac State Park. Credit: Thomas Wood

LUNCH SHAMING: A Flint lawmaker is renewing efforts to prohibit schools from

stigmatizing students who owe lunch money or can’t afford a meal. The practice of lunch shaming sometimes involves kitchen staff throwing away students’ hot lunches and offering them cold sandwiches instead. While the purpose is to push parents to settle the debts, it also embarrasses the students because they’re sometimes picked on by their peers. We hear from the sponsor and an Oakland County child nutrition expert. By Carol Abbey Mensah. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS. 

GREAT LAKES ART: LANSING — Detroit photographer Jeff Gaydash had been shooting all day. It was getting dark and he was tired. He’d packed up all his gear and was walking back to his car when he saw a tree in the sand. He almost kept going,but pulled out his equipment and took some shots. The result is now part of a Great Lakes photography exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. By Nyjah Bunn. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/GREAT LAKES LOST HORIZON. One of Jeff Gaydash’s photos on exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Credit: Jeff Gaydash.

w/GREAT LAKES JEFF GAYDASH: Detroit photographer Jeff Gaydash. Credit: Jeff Gaydash. 

FISHPASS: A $20 million test facility used to find how to keep undesirable fish from moving upstream without a dam is coming to the Boardman River through the FishPass system. We hear from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Traverse City-based Conservation Resource Alliance, a nonprofit environmental organization in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. By Lucas Day. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/FISHPASS SEA LAMPREY: Invasive species like the sea lamprey could be blocked by new barriers on the Boardman River while allowing native species to pass through. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

w/FISHPASS GRAPHIC: A rendering of the FishPass project. Credit: Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

NEWS FINANCE: Most American adults believe local news outlets are doing well financially despite the plethora of mergers, shut-downs and newsroom shrinkages. However, only 14% say they’ve paid for local news themselves in the past year through subscribing, donating or becoming a member. The disappearance of local papers isolates residents from events and activities in their communities. We look at a recent Pew Center study and talk to the Michigan Press Association. For editorial and news pages. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.


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