CNS budget, April 3, 2020

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CNS budget, April 3, 2020 – Week 11

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Coronavirus-related stories

RIDES TO WELLNESS: A public transit program that takes U.P. residents to medical appointments and procedures still plans to expand after the COVID-19 crisis is over. In the meantime, ridership is down as non-essential medical appointments are cancelled. It’s modeled after a program in Flint. The Michigan Public Transit Association explains. By Danielle James. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

POLICE CORONAVIRUS: The COVID-19 crisis is putting extra pressure on law enforcement officers who already hold high-stress positions. We hear from the Ishpeming Township police chief, two Big Rapids officers, the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Kalamazoo County sheriff. By Joshua Valiquette. FOR BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS: Private colleges in Michigan are wrestling with challenges as they recruit and prepare for their incoming first-year students. Many have cancelled in-person summer orientation, for example, and there are worries that some students will opt to delay college or go to less expensive public institutions because of the pandemic’s impact on their family finances. We talk to officials at Hope and Aquinas and an MSU expert, with references to Calvin and Central Michigan University. By Joe Dandron. FOR HOLLAND, BLISSFIELD, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HILLSDALE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.


RETAIL WORKERS: While grocery chains like Kroger, Meijer and Harding’s Markets are hiring to meet customers’ demand for food, the companies have beefed up sanitation and social distancing efforts at their stores. We talk to the president of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 951 based in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Retailers Association and Kroger. By Kyle Davidson. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.


TRANSIT PERSONNEL: Public transit systems across the state have beefed up sanitizing their vehicles, cut back or eliminated regular bus routes and limited the number of passengers allowed on board at a time. The Clare County system terminated a mechanic who cited health concerns as the reason not to come to work. We talk to EMGO, the Marquette County Transit Authority, CATA and the Michigan Public Transit Association. By Maddy O’Callaghan. FOR MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, CLARE COUNTY, SAULT STE. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

SPEND OR SAVE: How do Michigan residents plan to spend their federal stimulus checks?s Some will spend their money, which an MSU economist says is good for the economy, while others plan to save, pay down debts or donate to charity. We talk to Ferris State and MSU students, an East Lansing teacher and people from Detroit, Fraser, Oak Park and Auburn Hills. By Nyjah Bunn, Kyana Coleman, Lucas Day, Ben Goldman, Taylor Haelterman, Jordan Meadows and Rui Yan. FOR BIG RAPIDS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Other stories

SCIENCE & TRADITION: An MSU graduate student researching prescribed burns in the Eastern U.P. and who worked as an assistant biologist with the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa is merging science and Native American traditions. By Wells Foster. FOR BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

w/SCIENCE & TRADITION PHOTO: Researcher  Jared Gregorini. Credit: Michigan State University.

HEMLOCKS: The recent discovery of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid in Mason County is worrisome because of the pest’s destructive impact on hemlock. The affected area is outside the pockets of trees already damaged in Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties. It has been controlled in Emmet, Berrien and Macomb counties. We hear from DNR and MSU experts. By Claire Moore. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, OCEANA, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.

w/HEMLOCKS PHOTO: Distinctive white egg sacks of hemlock woolly adelgid at the base of hemlock needles. Credit: Steven Katovich,

INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION. A new book traces the history of the International Joint Commission, created in 1909 to protect all bodies of water along the U.S.-Canada border and to resolve disputes between the two countries over transboundary waters. We talk to the authors and a Michigan State expert. By Cassidy Hough. FOR ALL POINTS.

ISLE ROYALE TRAILS:  A longtime guidebook to trails on Michigan’s Isle Royale has been updated with downloadable maps and QR codes. We talk to the author and to the administrators of two Facebook groups on Michigan outdoor recreation. By Kaylie Connors. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.



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