CNS budget, Sept. 17, 2021

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9/17/21 CNS Budget 

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: Our rescheduled induction dinner or 2012 inductees will take place on Sunday evening, Oct. 10, at MSU’s Kellogg Center. This year’s inductees are Al Allen, Joanne Gerstner, Tom Henderson, Jean Jennings, Edward Lapham, Marjorie Sorge and Susan Whitall. Online registration and payment can be handled at For more information or details call Betsy DeSantis at 517-353-6431.

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INMATE VACCINE HESITANCY: Inmate requests for vaccinations have slowed to a trickle in recent months despite posters in the halls and testimonials from Michigan sports figures and doctors, which play nonstop on the prison television channel. “That’s not going to make a difference,” said Aaron Kinzel, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a criminal justice reform advocate. CNS editors note that local prison vaccinations rates are on the Michigan vaccine dashboard at,9753,7-406-98178_103214_103272-547150–,00.html

We interview a state prison spokesman and inmate advocates at Michigan State University and University of Michigan-Dearborn. By Barbara Bellinger. For IONIA, MARQUETTE, DETROIT , LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

CAREGIVER RIGHTS: Michigan’s medical marijuana caregivers say proposed legislation supported by licensed growers would hurt their patients. A group representing licensed growers would require testing of cannabis products for unlicensed growers and reduce how many patients they can serve. Caregiver advocates from across the state recently rallied at the Capitol against the proposed Michigan Cannabis Safety Act. Interviews with Grand Rapids caregiver and patient. By Emerson Wigand. References to Watrford, Flint, Theford Township, birmingham and Detoit. For GRAND RAPIDS, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

W/CAREGIVER RIGHTS PHOTO: Protestors rallied on the capital lawn Wednesday against the proposed Michigan Cannabis Safety Act. Photo by Emerson Wigand.

TRAVEL DATA: Local tourism officials say outdoor recreation is bringing Michigan tourism back, after two summers plagued by pandemic fears. And they hope that changes in how people travel related to COVID-19 will mean even better days are ahead.  Mackinac Bridge trafic is up. We talk to local officials in beach communities and statewide tourism officials. By Nicolas Simon. For HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, ST. IGNACE, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, BENZIE, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, OCEANA, BENZIE COUNTY, CLARE COUNTY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, CHEBOYGAN, LEELANAU, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, WKTV, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE and ALL POINTS.

INDUSTRIAL HEMP: Michigan’s hemp industry could get up to $100 million in federal funds to help it  compete globally under a proposal pushed by a nationwide growers association.

The state is one of four with emerging hemp industries targeted by the National Hemp Association, along with Oregon, New York and Florida. The funding would be for developing a “regional super site” in each state to aid in the industry’s growth. Meanwhile, the state’s growers say they have difficulty following confusing new state regulations. We interview farmers in Saranac and Spring Lake, association officials and a state agriculture spokeswoman. By Emerson Wigand. For IONIA, HOLLAND, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS< LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

CHILD PSYCHIATRY: Michigan has fewer than 300 hospital beds for children under 18 needing mental health treatment, a shortage that worsens the farther you go north.

There are no juvenile mental health beds in the Upper Peninsula. Oakland County is the only Michigan county that has an adequate number of child psychiatrists for the county population, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Interviews with the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a University of Michigan doctor, and Jim Haveman, former director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. By Cameryn Cass. For GRAND RAPIDS, DETROIT, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.