CNS budget, Jan. 28, 2022

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Jan. 28, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 2

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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YOUTH: The Michigan Works! Association is pushing to have $80 million in federal aid to the state allocated for youth employment initiatives, such as mentoring and career coaching at a time when employers are grappling with job vacancy and the “Great Resignation.” We hear from the association’s CEO, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Northwest Michigan Works!, Capital Area Michigan Works! and a W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research expert in Kalamazoo. For news and business sections. By Jack Falinski. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, HARBOR SPRINGS and ALL POINTS.


NATURAL GAS: A legislator from Ida wants the state to prevent local governments from banning natural gas hookups for new construction of buildings. Critics say reducing natural gas use will help in the fight against climate change and complain that the state shouldn’t stifle innovation and experimentation by local governments. We hear from the sponsor, the Michigan Environmental Council, Consumers Energy and the state Home Builders Association. By Sydney Bowler. FOR MONROE, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! and ALL POINTS.

w/NATURAL GAS MAP: Consumers Energy service areas for natural gas, electricity or both. Credit: Consumers Energy

RURAL ABORTIONS: Abortion access is already difficult in much of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, requiring long drives to the nearest clinic. The difficulty traveling those distances prevents some pregnant women from receiving abortion services. Reproductive rights advocates say the Supreme Court’s possible reversal of Roe v. Wade will make it even tougher to obtain services in rural areas. References to Marquette, Petoskey, Traverse City, Leelanau and Houghton counties. We talk to a UM researcher, Planned Parent Advocates, ACLU of Michigan and Right to Life of Michigan. By Hope O’Dell. FOR MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, ALCONA, ALPENA, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CLARE COUNTY, MONTMORENCY, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, HERALD-REVIEW, BENZIE COUNTY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU and ALL POINTS.


CLIMATE ART: With art ranging from giant mobiles to miniature paintings, artists from across the country are collaborating to face the climate crisis with a new exhibit in MWest Bloomfield. “Environmentally Speaking” is a three-part exhibition that aims to remove the despair from climate conversations and asks the public to consider the legacy they want to leave. Artists and organizers explain. By Gabrielle Ahlborn. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/CLIMATE ART PHOTO 1: Interwoven Ecologies is a multimedia collage by Leslie Sobel. Credit: Jennifer Patselas

w/CLIMATE ART PHOTO 2: The Greenhouse Gasses mobile was created by Laura Earle. Credit: Jennifer Patselas

w/CLIMATE ART PHOTO 3: The Solar Cell painting is by Tracey Easthope. Credit: Tracey Easthope


NUCLEAR WATER: Do decommissioned nuclear power plants pose an environmental threat? Eight nuclear reactors at six Great Lakes sites have been shut down permanently, including Big Rock Point in Charlevoix, while Palisades Nuclear Plant in Covert is scheduled for shutdown this year. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada have disagreed about Canada’s plan to store spent nuclear fuel 1,600 feet below ground only 30 miles from Lake Huron. A U.S, representative from Flint heads a congressional group calling on the Biden Administration to stop the Canadians from being able to store waste in the Great Lakes Basin. By Emilie Appleyard. FOR MONROE, CHEBOYGAN, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, WKTV, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/NUCLEAR WATER LOGO: Credit: Asher Freedman

w/NUCLEAR WATER PHOTO: The Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant in Charlevoix was decommissioned in 1997. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

NATIVE BERRIES: Climate change, habitat fragmentation, extreme weather and invasive plants pose challenges for native berries in Michigan and other Great Lakes states. A 1919 National Geographic article, “American Berries of Hill, Dale and Wayside,” features illustrations of 29 species of American berries and their blossoms. We hear from a Michigan Natural Features Inventory expert. Reference to Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. By Eric Freedman. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, COLDWATER, HOLLAND, WKTV, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/NATIVE BERRIES COVER: February 1919 issue of National Geographic. Credit: Barb Miller

w/NATIVE BERRIES ILLUSTRATIONS 1: Mary E. Eaton’s illustrations of American bittersweet, silky cornel, bayberry and mapleleaf arrowwood in the February 1919 issue of National Geographic. Credit: Barb Miller

w/NATIVE BERRIES ILLUSTRATIONS 2: Mary E. Eaton’s illustrations of wildblack cherry, highbush blueberry, sweet cherry and early highbush blueberry in the February 1919 issue of National Geographic. Credit: Barb Miller


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