CNS budget, Feb. 11, 2022

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Feb. 11, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 4

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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FIRE DEATHS: Local fire departments are pushing resident safety, including distribution of free smoke detectors, amid a dramatic jump in fire-related deaths. This year’s fatal fires so far include ones in Houghton County’s Laird Township, Detroit, Norwich Township, Acme and Jackson. We talk to the Holland fire marshal and to the president of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, who is from Wixom. By Hope O’Dell. FOR HOLLAND, DETROIT, TRAVERSE CITY, BIG RAPIDS and ALL POINTS.

w/Info Box FIRE DEATH PREVENTION POINTS. Tips from the Bureau of Fire Services. 

JAIL TIME: The population in local jails has been declining in the U.S. since the pandemic began. But the slowdown in trials and hearings means those who do land in jail awaiting trial are waiting longer for their day in court. The Marquette County jail administrator and the CEO of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association explain. By Lindsay McCoy. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

SCHOOL STAFF: New grants will help paraprofessionals and other non-certified school staff become certified teachers, a move intended to help districts fill classroom openings. We hear from the state Association of Secondary School Principals and Michigan Education Association. The governor has signed related legislation sponsored by lawmakers from Niles, Wyoming, Portland and Wayland. By Sydney Bowler. FOR IONIA, HOLLAND, WKTV and ALL POINTS. 

HOUSING: Agencies in Michigan that provide housing advice will share a $1 million HUD grant to support their services. They counsel the public on pre-purchasing and renting homes, foreclosure, disaster relief and homelessness. We hear from the state Housing Development Authority, Southwest Solutions in Detroit and Habitat for Humanity. References to Oakland, Genesee and Washtenaw counties and Newaygo. By Jack Filinksi. FOR DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, LANSING CITY PULSE, BIG RAPIDS, LUDINGTON and ALL POINTS.

CORALS: An aquarium at a suburban Detroit mall is working to save imperiled coral in Florida. Sea Life Aquarium in Auburn Hills is one of several teams across the U.S. by temporarily hosting corals rescued from a disease rapidly destroying Florida reefs. By Hannah Brock. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

PSC PHILLIPS: Tremaine Phillips, a member of the Public Service Commission, talks about energy issues, including nuclear and other alternative energy sources, clean energy and infrastructure. By Rachel Duckett. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/PSC PHILLIPS PHOTO: Commissioner Tremaine Phillips of the Public Service Commission. Credit: Public Service Commission 

CAMPUS FREE EXPRESSION: When it comes to freedom of expression, students are like other Americans – divided. They split about how much First Amendment protection they have to speak freely on campus, whether colleges and universities should ban racial slurs and whether they feel uncomfortable or unsafe because of what somebody else said about their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender. New survey shows student attitudes are divided by race and ethnicity, political orientation and, to a lesser degree, gender. Campus across the country, including Ferris State, have been involved in recent campus speech controversies. For news and opinion sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, DETROIT, GREENVILLE, THREE RIVERS, IONIA, STURGIS and ALL POINTS.

w/CAMPUS FREE EXPRESSION SIDEBAR: Some key findings of the new Knight Foundation-Ipsos report on campus free speech.


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