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INTERNET BLIND: As the pandemic forces more students online, the lack of affordable broadband internet could cause lower performance of rural Michigan schoolchildren. A recent MSU study of 15 rural districts found that students without internet access averaged a half-grade lower grade point average and did not perform as well on college entrance tests. Internet advocates are cobbling together a network of public Wi-Fi hotspots that students can access from parking lots to avoid exposure to Covid-19. CNS editors note: The districts and communities the MSU study cited and linked in the story include Brimley Area Schools, Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Mackinac Island Public Schools, Pickford Public Schools, Rudyard Area Schools, Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools, St. Ignace Area Schools, Tahquamenon Area Schools,Whitefish Township Schools, Mecosta Oceola ISD, Lake County, Morley Stanwood Community Schools. By Zholdas Orisbayev. FOR BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.
CAPITOL HEAT PUMP: An obscure door tucked beneath one of the massive stone staircases outside of Michigan’s state capitol reveals yet another steep stairwell leading to a coal-fired boiler room. It was once the center of one of the most sophisticated heating and cooling system of the 19th century. Today, the same room is poised to gather heat from 272 wells sunk 500 feet below the Capitol grounds as part of a complex multi-million dollar utility upgrade. By David Poulson. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
BLACKSHAW PIPES– Rob Blackshaw, director of operations for the Michigan State Capitol Commission, walks through the Capitol’s former basement boiler room, which now contains equipment for the building’s new geothermal heating and cooling system. Credit: David Poulson
BLACKSHAW WELLS– Rob Blackshaw, director of operations of the Michigan State Capitol Commission, examines one of the 272 geothermal wells drilled 500 feet below the Capitol grounds. Credit: David Poulson
PLUMBING– A new geothermal energy efficient system will start heating and cooling Michigan’s Capitol in 2021. Credit: David Poulson
BOILER– Original architectural drawing of one of the Capitol’s massive boilers. Credit: The State of Michigan Archives.
CELLPHONE TEXTING: It’s no surprise that cell phone use is a major cause of distracted driving crashes. A new study details groups in Michigan most likely to use handheld phones while driving: drivers under 29, women, nonwhites and truck, SUV and van drivers. Study by MSU engineering researchers analyzed data based on roadside observations of 179,779 vehicles at 200 locations in the 35 counties with the most crash-related deaths, including St. Joseph, Marquette, Wexford, Montcalm, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Ionia, Ottawa, Livingston, Kent, Grand Traverse, Branch and Ingham counties. The lead researcher and the Iron County sheriff discuss By Eric Freedman. STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, CADILLAC, GREENVILLE, IONIA, HILLSDALE, FOWLERVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, COLDWATER, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.
w/CELLPHONE TEXTING TABLE: Number of citations issued each year from 2010 to 2020 in Michigan for texting while driving. Source: State Court Administrative Office.
LOW CRIME: Worried about crime? If so, check out the Upper Peninsula, which has more of Michigan’s 10 safest small communities than any other part of the state, a new study says. Ishpeming Township had the lowest rate of reported crime, along with Norway, Kinross Township and Iron Mountain. The five least-safe small communities? Gaylord, Hart, Mackinaw City, Benton Harbor and, with the highest rate, Mackinac Island. Or maybe not. Mackinac Island’s acting police chief and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police explain why the statistics are flawed. We also hear from the study’s author. Story includes references to Livingston, Kent and Barry counties, Gaylord, Hart, Mackinaw City, Benton Harbor and others. By Eric Freedman. FOR ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, FOWLERVILLE, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.
w/LOW CRIME TABLE: The safest small, midsize and large communities in Michigan, based on 2018 FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Credit: AdvisorSmith.