CNS budget, March 12, 2021

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March 12, 2021 CNS Budget — Week 7

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman & Judy Putnam

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Reminder to Editors: All CNS members can use any of our current and archived stories and visuals. CNS members can also use parts of our stories to incorporate into their own staff’s reporting and can integrate staff reporting into CNS stories. In either case, please credit CNS and our correspondent with a joint byline or a credit line at the bottom.

Here’s  your file: 

BUY AMERICAN: President Biden’s “Buy American” executive order could benefit Michigan food processors, industry experts say. We talk to the West Michigan Food Processing Association, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Farm Bureau, Right Place and Michigan Vegetable Council. For business, agriculture and news sections. By Kirsten Rintelmann. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU, GREENVILLE, IONIA, BLISSFIELD, MONROE, COLDWATER, HILLSDALE, LUDINGTON, OCEANA, BENZIE, BIG RAPIDS, LEELANAU, CADILLAC, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, STURGIS, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD REVIEW, CLARE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/BUY AMERICAN PHOTO:The Michigan food industry is enthused over a “Buy American” order that could promote more Michigan products, such as apples. Credit: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

SMALL TOWN STIMULUS: How will some of Michigan’s least-populated cities and villages spend the money they receive from the newly passed federal stimulus package? Not surprisingly, Detroit is getting the most of any municipality in the state, but we look at how much small municipalities should expect, including Blissfield, Cheboygan, St. Ignace, Harrisville, Manistee Township and Harbor Springs. By Sheldon Krause. FOR CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, BLISSFIELD, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.

Note to CNS editors: You can check data on your local communities here: 

MEDC BEER GRANTS: Some West Michigan breweries hit hard by the pandemic are benefiting from Michigan Economic Development Corp. grants. It’s too late for some others, such as two that shut permanently in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. We talk to operators in Grandville, Greenville and Muskegon. By Kristia Postema. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, IONIA, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS.

HISPANIC & LATINO LEGISLATORS: Hispanics and Latinos make up 6% of Michigan’s population but only 3% of state legislators. They’re from Detroit, Taylor, Brownstown Township, and Redford Township. We talk to a lawmaker from Taylor, MSU’s Julian Samora Research Institute and the state Hispanic Latino Commission. By Sophia Lada. FOR DETROIT, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS. 

FARMWORKERS PESTICIDES: A report by the General Accountability Office, based in part on interviews with Michigan officials, says the EPA should do more to inform agricultural workers about exposure to pesticides. We hear from a farmworker advocacy group, an MSU occupational safety and health expert and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. By Brandon Chew. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GREENVILLE, IONIA, HOLLAND, BENZIE COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LEELANAU, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CLARE COUNTY, MONROE, BLISSFIELD, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

ZOOS: Planning for spring, summer and fall is underway at Michigan zoos. What can visitors expect? We look at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. For news and feature sections. By Kirsten Rintelmann. FOR GREENVILLE, IONIA, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

ARTS PROGRAMS: What’s happening with small performing arts programs hammered — and shuttered — by the pandemic? We talk to Michigan Humanities, the City Opera House in Traverse City and Detroit’s Plowshares Theatre Co. For news and features sections. By Sophia Lada. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/ARTS PROGRAMS PHOTO: A ghost light illuminates an empty theater at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing. Credit: Sophia Lada.

COVID PUPPIES: Pet adoptions are continuing at a high level and business has picked up at pet grooming, boarding and daycare facilities. We talk to the director of Grayling’s AuSable Valley Animal Shelter and owners of pet-related businesses in Belding, Ferndale and Detroit. By Elaine Mallon. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, GREENVILLE, IONIA, DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

VIRTUAL WALLEYE: Using data from Lake Erie and the Maumee River, scientists are simulating Great Lakes walleye on computers to find out how contaminants harm the fish. The new technique helps experts more efficiently discover how to clean up contaminants from farming, household cleaning products and medications that end up in lakes and rivers. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR MONROE, BLISSFIELD, DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS, LUDINGTON, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA COUNTY, MANISTEE, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

w/VIRTUAL WALLEYE PHOTO: Scientists use simulations to protect walleyes. Credit: Zab Consulting via Unsplash.

FORD COVE: The luxurious Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores is the site of an attempt to recreate the scarce natural shoreline along Lake St. Clair. The Ford Cove Restoration Project will encompass 1 mile of coastline and more than 17 acres of coastal marsh, nearshore habitat and forested wetlands. By Marshall Lee Wimer. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/FORD COVE PHOTO: Restoration of Lake St. Clair’s natural shoreline is planned at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Ford Cove, Grosse Pointe Shores. Credit: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

FRANK KELLEY: David Poulson, the senior associate director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and Capital News Service instructor, reminiscences about his long-running relationship with former Attorney General Frank J. Kelly, who died March 5. For news and opinion pages. Commentary. By David Poulson. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/FRANK KELLEY PHOTO 1: Then-Attorney General. Frank Kelley, left, with David Poulson in 1982. Credit: Jerry Morton.

w/FRANK KELLY PHOTO 2: David Poulson.

REGISTRATION RENEWALS: Lawmakers want an option for motorists to renew their registrations every two years instead of annually – more convenient for drivers but costing the state millions of dollars earmarked for State Police traffic safety and training programs and Secretary of State administrative expenses. The Secretary of State supports the proposal but wants changes to deal with implementation costs and lost revenue. The lead sponsor, from Wayland, explains. The Farm Bureau backs it. Co-sponsors include lawmakers from Three Rivers, Monroe, Harbor Springs, Hillsdale, McBain, Iron Mountain and Detroit. By Eric Freedman. FOR HOLLAND, MONROE, HILLSDALE, PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HARBOR SPRINGS, DETROIT, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.


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