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Feb 18, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 5

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: The Hall of Fame will induct five new members on Sunday, April 24, at MSU’s Kellogg Center.

  • Robert Ankeny, a retired reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business and the Detroit News
  • Tim Kiska, a journalism professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and formerly with the Detroit News and Free Press
  • Beth Konrad, a veteran Detroit and network TV and radio journalist and now an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State
  • Greg Dorsett, a retired photo editor at the Muskegon Chronicle
  • Marguerite Gahagan, a trailblazing Detroit journalist.

For information on the ceremony and dinner, including reservations, please see the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame website.


SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH: Michigan teachers say their second-greatest concern is student mental health, behind staffing shortages and ahead of pay and benefits. The Bark River-Harris district in the U.P. and the Detroit and Ann Arbor school systems are among the districts using the TRAILS program from U-M to better train school personnel to help students with psychological or mental problems. Data from MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research show a poor ratio of students to school mental health professionals in the state. We talk to the MEA and Bark River-Harris schools. By Hope O’Dell. FOR MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS. 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Some public higher education institutions, including Western, Northern, MSU and Grand Rapids Community College, are officially acknowledging that they’re located on land that once belonged to Native Americans. Native American students say such acknowledgments are important but that the institutions need to do more to recognize Indigeous heritages and cultures. We talk to the chair of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indians, with offices in Calhoun County’s Pine Creek Indian Reservation and Grand Rapids, and the president of Northern’s Native American Student Association. By Lindsay McCoy. FOR BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LEELANAU, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

w/LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT PHOTO: Northern Michigan University’s Land Acknowledgement sign on the Marquette campus recognizes the ancestral homeland of the Anishinaabe Three Fires Confederacy. Credit: Northern Michigan University.

w/LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT GRAPHIC: Northern Michigan University’s land acknowledgement agreement talks about the history of Native Americans caring for the land where the Marquette university is located.

GUNS: Among growing cries for stricter gun laws after the Oxford High School shooting, a new report details the impact of gun violence in Michigan, including homicide rate differences between Black residents and other residents and suicide rates and nonfatal injuries involving guns including gun-related suicides by military veterans. Others listed were women killed by intimate partners using guns, stolen guns and armed extremists. Democratic-sponsored gun control bills are likely to die in committee. Proposals by Senate Republicans to loosen restrictions are also in committee. We talk to the bishop of the Epsicopal Diocese of Michigan based in Detroit, a Cooley Law School adjunct professor who is active on gun owner rights, an author of the study from the Center for American Progress and the state Veterans Affairs Agency. Sponsors include Democratic and GOP lawmakers from Metro Detroit, Brighton, East Lansing, Ida, Lum, Newaygo, Lawton, Potterville and Ann Arbor. By Jack Falinksi. FOR DETROIT, FOWLERVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, MONROE, BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

FLOODING: The Great Lakes Water Authority, serving almost 40% of Michigan residents, is undertaking major infrastructure improvement projects to cope with predicted extreme flooding. Meanwhile, the Detroit Water and Sewage Department is working on system upgrades, including the Duggan administration’s Basement Backup Protection Program in two pilot neighborhoods, Aviation Sub and Victoria Park. The department is partnering with the Great Lakes Water Authority. The Michigan Environmental Council says much of the flooding problem is due to an inadequate sewer system and Metro Detroit’s extensive urban sprawl. By Jada Penn. FOR PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

ACCIDENTAL REEF: A Western Michigan University professor who says there aren’t enough books about the Great Lakes has written her own, “The Accidental Reef and Other Ecological Odysseys in the Great Lakes.” It features the ecological, historical and commercial aspects of the waters and surrounding areas. The title originates from an accident of industrial history involving a steamship that dumped coal waste in the St. Clair River near Algonac. By Gabrielle Ahlborn. FOR MONROE, ALCONA, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, OCEANA COUNTY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, HOLLAND, BENZIE COUNTY. LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/ACCIDENTAL REEF COVER: Professor Lynne Heasley wrote a book about the Great Lakes, hoping to fill a literary gap about the lakes. Credit: Michigan State University Press. 

CONES & SEEDS: The departments of Natural Resources in Michigan and other Great Lakes states are paying the public for pine cones and seeds of some conifer species, including the high-demand red pine. By Gabrielle Ahlborn. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS.

w/CONES & SEEDS PHOTO: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources pays for cones picked from red pines, shown here, but not Scotch or Austrian pines. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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