CNS budget, Feb. 12, 2021

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Feb. 12, 2021 CNS Budget — Week 3

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman & Judy Putnam

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Here is your file:

AGRICULTURAL HOUSING: Michigan should do more to provide safe, affordable housing for the tens of thousands of farmworkers essential to the agriculture industry, a new task force report says. A new Migrant Labor Housing Advisory Board is charged with helping the state address the issue. We hear from Agriculture & Rural Development, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo and Farmworker Legal Services in Grand Rapids. Story includes references to Hart, Manistee, Ludington, Holland, Hartford, Suttons Bay, Walker and Lake City. By Sophia Lada. FOR LUDINGTON, OCEANA, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, BIG RAPIDS, LEELANAU, HOLLAND, CORP! THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, HILLSDALE, GREENVILLE, IONIA, BLISSFIELD, BENZIE, COLDWATER AND ALL POINTS.

FUTURES FOR FRONTLINERS: The state’s Futures for Frontliners program that funds community college tuition for pandemic frontline workers is also expected to provide an economic boost for Michigan communities. Participants have already started classes, and some institutions report higher enrollments this semester. We hear from Montcalm and Grand Rapids community colleges, Grand Valley State and the Michigan Association of Community Colleges. By Kristia Potsema. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LUDINGTON, GREENVILLE, IONIA AND ALL POINTS.

MARIJUANA SENTENCES: Advocates for Michigan inmates sentenced on marijuana charges say they’re confident that more will receive clemency following the recent release of Michael Thompson, the longest serving nonviolent offender in state history. Advocates also note racial disparities in the state’s legal marijuana industry. We talk to the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Last Prisoner Project, Cannabis Caucus of state Democratic Party and the Corrections Department. By Brandon Chew. FOR COLDWATER, SAULT STE. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT, IONIA, MARQUETTE, GREENVILLE, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

MENTAL HEALTH: Law enforcement agencies are improving training for their officers in how to interact with people who have mental illnesses. Experts say better training can reduce the need to jail them. We hear from the director of the Civil Rights Department (a former assistant police chief in Detroit), a U-M Dearborn criminal justice expert, the Emmet County sheriff, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo police chiefs and the Sheriffs’ Association. By Brandon Chew. FOR DETROIT, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Emphasizing African American history in social studies classes is a tradition in February, Black History Month. Educators say it’s an important part of the curriculum, but the only declared GOP candidate for governor vows to cancel BHM if elected. We hear from the head of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, from Cadillac, and an East Lansing school board member. By Sheldon Krause: FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, CADILLAC, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS. 

TRIBAL HEALTH: Minority groups are struggling for access and trust in the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics serving the state’s Native Americans are among those experiencing such problems. We talk to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Mount Pleasant, the Department of Health and Human Services and Detroit-based American Indian Health & Family Services of Southeast Michigan. By Chloe Trofatter. FOR BAY MILLS, PETOSKEY, SAULT STE. MARIE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, DETROIT, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS AND ALL POINTS.

STAR IN SYCAMORE: Nature essayist and journalist Tom Springer of Three Rivers finds nature all around him in Southwest Michigan. His new book of essays explores topics ranging from goldenrod to baby carrots, from the night skies to empty liquor bottles littering rural roadsides. For news and features sections. By Chioma Lewis. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, LANSING CITY LIMITS AND ALL POINTS.

w/STAR & SYCAMORE PHOTO: Nature essayist Tom Springer. Courtesy photo.

w/STAR & SYCAMORE COVER: Source; Mission Point Press. 

ST. MARYS RIVER: Lake Superior State University received a $250,000 federal grant for high school students and community residents to install landscaping to reduce stormwater pollution flowing into the St. Marys River. The money comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program that protects drinking water and habitat. The university and U.S. Forest Service explain. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

w/ST. MARYS RIVER DRAWING: Green landscaping will prevent polluted runoff from Lake Superior State University’s Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education soon to be built along the St. Marys River. Credit: SmithGroup Credit.