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PRISONS COVID: Testing for COVID19 and shuffling corrections officers among facilities short-staffed because of the pandemic has added financial challenges to Michigan’s $2 billion prison system. They come just as prison officials struggle to replace a surge of retirements, the legacy of a 1980s prison build-up. We interview the director of the Department of Corrections. By Zholdas Orisbayev. FOR MARQUETTE, COLDWATER, IONIA, GREENVILLE, OCEANA, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.
COVID RACE: Michigan reports that African Americans make up at least 22% of COVID-19 cases and 38% of the deaths — but are only 14.1% of the state’s population. That has state agency and nonprofit officials scrambling to address their needs, including through better nutrition. We interview the manager of a state Office of Equity and Minority Health, a nonprofit leader from Southfield and a national nonprofit official. By Ri’an Jackson. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GONGWER, MIRS and ALL POINTS.
LYME DISEASE: Warming temperatures have lengthened the breeding season for the blacklegged tick that carries the bacteria for Lyme disease, and the number of reported cases in Michigan has risen sharply. The ticks live in wooded and rural areas. Increasing concern about climate change could contribute to public demand for a new vaccine. We talk to experts at the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program in Ann Arbor and nationally. By Lillian Young. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, CLARE, BENZIE COUNTY, HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, BLISSFIELD, IONIA, CHEBOYGAN, OCEANIA, HERALD REVIEW, LAKE COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, LEELANAU, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
w/LYME DISEASE GRAPH: Reports of Lyme disease in Michigan by year. Source: 2000 to 2018, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2019 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
w/LYME DISEASE PHOTO: The number of cases of Lyme disease, caused by bites from the blacklegged tick, climbed from 152 to 404 in Michigan over a four-year period. Pictured is a female blacklegged tick. Credit: Joyce Sakamoto, Penn State University.
AIR QUALITY: If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s improved air quality due to fewer vehicles on the road and closed manufacturing facilities, especially in the Detroit area. We talk to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, American Lung Association and other experts. By Anne Hooper. FOR CORP!, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, AND ALL POINTS.
w/AIR QUALITY PHOTO: A roadside air monitoring site checks for pollution. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
CAMPAIGN COVERAGE COMMENTARY: How has campaign coverage in Michigan changed, and why? We talk to a Grand Valley State political scientist and the most senior member of the Capitol press corps, Tim Skubick. Commentary for news and opinion sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, WKAR AND ALL POINTS.
w/CAMPAIGN COVERAGE COMMENTARY COLOR HEADSHOT PHOTO: Eric Freedman is the director of Capital News Service and a journalism professor at Michigan State University.