CNS budget, Nov. 20, 2020

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11/20/20 CNS Budget — Week 11

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295;

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640;

Editors note that next week we will file Wednesday, Nov. 25, to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here is your file:

COVID ROADS: Perhaps Michigan’s white-tailed deer population is one of the few winners of the pandemic. As traffic dropped during the COVID-19 shutdown, police reported fewer vehicle collisions with wildlife. People didn’t fare nearly as well. While fewer total car crashes were reported, they were deadlier as drivers drove faster and used their seatbelts less, state officials say. Also taking a road-related COVID-19 hit: tax revenues that finance road repairs.

Here’s a look at some of the consequences of the pandemic on Michigan’s highways. By Capital News Service. FOR ALL POINTS.

LUNCH DEBT FORGIVENESS: Only 13 Michigan schools have applied for a million dollar program to forgive student lunch-money debt, designed to avoid shaming kids behind on their payments. And the Dec. 1 deadline is fast approaching. The distraction of COVID 19 and short deadlines are two of the reasons for the lack of response, officials said. We talk to the Michigan Education Association, a school lunch association and the Department of Education. By Zholdas Orisbayev. FOR GONGWER, MIRS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS

MAPLE SYRUP: As climate change intensifies, scientists fear for the future of the North American maple syrup industry. Michigan is the nation’s 5th-largest producer, Warming average temperatures are shifting the length of the season, creating fewer freezing-and-thawing cycles to encourage the flow of sap and causing more severe weather. We talk to a maple syrup producer in the Upper Peninsula and Canadian syrup officials. By Anne Hooper. FOR ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

w/MAPLE SYRUP PHOTO: Michigan is the fifth-largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S. A collection of buckets capture the sap.

PRESS & PRESIDENTS COMMENTARY: Incensed by a political cartoon taunting his foreign policy, the president “hurled” the offensive cartoon to the floor as the Cabinet watched and went into a tirade “on the personal abuse inflicted on him” by opposition journalists. Nope, that wasn’t Donald Trump reacting badly It was George Washington. A new book explores press-presidential relations, including that of Michigan’s only president, Gerald Ford. With references to Leelanau County and Grand Rapids. Commentary by Eric Freedman. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/PRESS & PRESIDENTS COMMENTARY COVER: Harold Holzer’s new book looks at press-presidential relations. Credit: Dutton.

w/PRESS & PRESIDENTS COMMENTARY COLOR HEAD SHOT OF ERIC FREEDMAN : Eric Freedman is the director of Capital News Service and a journalism professor at Michigan State University. 

w/PRESS & PRESIDENTS B&W COMMENTARY HEAD SHOT OF ERIC FREEDMAN: Eric Freedman is the director of Capital News Service and a journalism professor at Michigan State University. 


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