CNS budget, April 10, 2020

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CNS budget, April 10, 2020 – Week 12

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From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf

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CNS SUPERSTARS: The School of Journalism has canceled its April awards ceremony but is still recognizing our outstanding students. Here are this year’s winners of CNS awards and scholarships. The funding–$8,500 this year–comes from endowments, donations and the annual subscriptions your news organizations pay.

Edward A. Augenstein Memorial Scholarship: Kyle Davidson 

Bill Cote Endowed Scholarship: Evan Jones 

CNS Connection Awards: Correspondents Katrianna Ray, Joshua Valiquette, Joseph Dandron, Maddy O’Callaghan and Danielle James, plus CNS tech manager Tony Cepak.


Coronavirus-related coverage

PRISON MASKS: Inmates at prisons in Ionia, Carson City and Kincheloe are making masks and other personal protection equipment for staff and inmates. The ACLU is calling for the early release of some prisoners to reduce transmission of the coronavirus, but Corrections says it lacks authority to do so on its own. Inmates have died of COVID-19 in Jackson, Coldwater and Detroit. Two staff deaths so far. By Danielle James. FOR IONIA, GREENVILLE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, COLDWATER AND ALL POINTS.

LITTLE LIBRARY: Little Free Libraries are gaining popularity across the state as a way to share books and build neighborhoods. Books are flying off the shelves with public libraries and schools closed and people stuck at home. We learn more from Little Free Library owners in Prudenville, Cascade and Holland. By Joshua Valiquette. FOR HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, BENZIE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

SUMMER CAMPS: Despite the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, camp leaders are planning for the summer season, although some orientation and preparation is occurring online. We hear about camps run by the Boy and Girl Scouts, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and others in Three Rivers, Twin Lake, Munising, Chelsea, Plainwell, Linden, Brooklyn and Grand Ledge. By Katrianna Ray. FOR FOWLERVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

STUDENT STIMULUS: There’s a gaping hole in the federal stimulus package, and college students are falling through it. If they’re 17 to 24 and claimed as dependents for tax purposes by their parents, they won’t get a $1,200 check and their parents won’t receive the extra $500 allotted per dependent. We speak to students and parents from Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Ypsilanti, University of Michigan and Michigan State, as well as an MSU economist. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR ALL POINTS.

ONLINE SAFETY CERTIFICATES: The DNR has canceled its in-person classes for outdoor safety certificates and is now offering only online courses. Full hunter certificates won’t be available until in-person field days resume. We hear from the DNR and Manistee County Visitors Bureau. By Maddy O’Callaghan. FOR MANISTEE, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.


Other stories

SUICIDE PREVENTION: A new state commission is exploring the problem of suicides in Michigan, which has a higher rate than the nation as a whole. We interview some of the new members, including the Eaton County sheriff, a Ph.D. student from MSU, the Hamtramck fire chief and a member from Eaton Rapids. The commission will report to the Legislature. By Kyle Davidson. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.


MINE HAZARDS: Despite spending billions of dollars, federal agencies don’t know how many potentially dangerous or environmentally hazardous abandoned mining features there are on government land nationally, including Michigan, a new General Accountability Office study of spending from 2008-2017 shows. The Forest Service spent $954,000 for gates and related work in the U.P.’s Ottawa National Forest. Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park recently received funding to deal with abandoned mine features. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

w/MINE HAZARDS PHOTO1: The site of the abandoned Smithwick Mine near Rock Harbor in Isle Royale National Park. Credit:

w/MINE HAZARDS PHOTO2: Hikers rest by the abandoned Siskiwit Mine along the Rock Harbor Trail in Isle Royale National Park. Credit:

FISH TALE: The grayling disappeared from Michigan in the 1930s but efforts are underway to restore the species and protect it from predators like trout and salmon species. The initiative by DNR and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has dozens of supporting agencies, tribes, universities and groups. We also talk to the Conservation Resource Alliance. By Lucas Day. FOR MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, BAY MILLS, CADILLAC, CLARE, OCEANA, BENZIE, LAKE COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, HERALD REVIEW, GREENVILLE, IONIA, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY AND ALL POINTS.

w/FISH TALE PHOTO: Arctic grayling. Credit: Department of Natural Resources.


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