CNS budget, April 24, 2020

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CNS budget, April 24, 2020 – Week 14

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman & Sheila Schimpf

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841;

For other matters, contact Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873;

EDITORS: This is our last regular file of the semester. However, we will have our 1st Bonus Week file next Friday, May 1, and the 2nd on Friday, May 8, with still-timely stories you may not have had space for when we originally moved them. During the summer, as in the past, we plan to provide several packages of Michigan-focused environmental stories in collaboration with our partner, Great Lakes Echo.

Of course, you’re welcome to continue using any stories and visuals from the CNS archive.

GOODBYE, TONY CEPAK: Our long-time CNS tech manager, Tony Cepak, will be leaving us this summer with a new Ph.D. in hand and a position as an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. We wish him the best.


Coronavirus-related coverage

LEGISLATORS COVID: The pandemic has changed the way state and federal lawmakers work, relying on teleconferencing and virtual town halls rather than on face-to-face interaction with each other and with constituents. They’re also fielding large numbers of phone calls and emails about unemployment benefits and other problems. We talk to two of them, from Casco Township and Sturgis. One state representative has died of COVID-19 and another was infected. Story also references U.S. Rep. Slotkin. By Katrianna Ray. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, FOWLERVILLE AND ALL POINTS.

ONLINE COUNSELING: The departure of most students from college campuses means universities have shifted to online counseling and information for victims of sexual assault. We hear from Northern Michigan and Ferris State universities. By Maddy O’Callaghan. FOR BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

PROPERTY TAXES: A lawmaker says owners of vacation cottages, homes and cabins Up North should get a property tax break because the state’s stay-at-home edict prevents them from using them. The bill would require the state to make up the lost local tax revenue. We talk to a Grand Rapids-area man who owns a second home in Ludington, the Association of Counties and the Mason County treasurer. By Joe Dandron. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, LAKE COUNTY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, HERALD REVIEW, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CLARE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

MUSICIANS HURT: COVID-19 is slamming Northern and West Michigan musicians in their wallets as concert venues and music festivals remain closed for the foreseeable future. We find out how a Boyne City musician who teaches in Mancelona, a Petoskey musician with a cafe in Indian River and one from Grand Rapids are getting by. For news and entertainment pages. By Lucas Day. FOR PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HARBOR SPRINGS,  CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

w/ MUSICIANS HURT PHOTO1: Shutdowns related to COVID-19 hurt musicians like William Love of Boyne City. Credit: William Love.

w/MUSICIANS HURT PHOTO2: Holly August of Petoskey says her car will likely be repossessed because of the shutdown of playing venues. Credit: Holly August.

w/MUSICIANS HURT PHOTO3: Max Lockwood of Grand Rapids teaches one-on-one music lessons to a few students and is looking for more. Credit: Max Lockwood.

GREAT LAKES RESEARCH COVID-19: The pandemic has disrupted field studies plans for Great Lakes scientists, including educational programs. It’s a major hit for researchers, including grad students. We talk to experts at Grand Valley, Central Michigan University and Michigan Tech universities and the NOAA lab in Ann Arbor. By Amelia Cole. FOR ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, HOLLAND, THREE RIVERS, LEELANAU, HOLLAND, BENZIE, OCEANA, HARBOR SPRINGS. PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, SAULT STE MARIE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

w/GREAT LAKES RESEARCH COVID-19 PHOTO: The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute’s two research and educational vessels, the D.J. Angus and the W.G. Jackson, won’t see Lake Michigan this spring. Credit: Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute.

Other stories

INVASIVE GRASS CARP: The DNR has found the first invasive Asian grass carp able to reproduce in Michigan in the Tittabawassee River, which empties into Lake Huron. There’s concern that proliferating grass carp could decimate vegetation that other species rely on for food and habitat. The river’s watershed includes parts of Clare, Mecosta and Montcalm counties. We talk to DNR, MUCC and Trout Unlimited. For news and outdoors sections. By Danielle James. FOR ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, CLARE, GREENVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

w/INVASIVE GRASS CARP PHOTO: Asian grass carp. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

OPIOID SUMMIT: An upcoming virtual summit organized by Wayne State’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice will explore ways that county jails can prevent overdoses among inmates after their release. Kent, Jackson, Monroe, Muskegon, Washtenaw and Wayne counties currently participate in such a program. By Maddy O’Callaghan. FOR ALL POINTS.

FINANCIAL AID: The state has cited high schools in Niles, Ann Arbor and Hazel Park as top performers in improving their students’ FAFSA completion rates. Regional winners include schools in Chippewa, Otsego, Ingham and Clinton counties. FAFSA is essential to get college financial aid. We talk to principals and a counselor about the importance of one-on-one help to students. By Joshua Valiquette. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS AND ALL POINTS. 


OCD: New research provides further evidence of the relationship between mental health problems such as OCD and physical health, as well as the possibility of using drug therapy to help manage it. Michigan experts discuss. By Katrianna Ray. FOR ALL POINTS.

FRAUD WATCH: The State Police, AARP, Attorney General’s office and a Wayne State program are offering advice and services to older state residents to prevent and detect fraud, including identity theft. We talk to AARP. Participants include the State Police district that includes Wexford, Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Crawford, Missaukee, Kalkaska, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Cheboygan, Alcona and Montmorency counties. By Kyle Davidson. FOR CADILLAC, MANISTEE, BENZIE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, MONTMORENCY, ALCONA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

w/FRAUD WATCH PHOTO: The State Police designed and distributed placemats warning older Michigan residents of potential scams and frauds. Credit: State Police.


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