CNS budget, Feb. 25, 2022

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Feb 25, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 6

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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CNS ALUMNI ON “OFF THE RECORD”: Three of our recent CNS correspondents were guest panelists on Tim Skubick’s long-running public affairs talk show, “Off the Record.” Danielle James, Sophia Lada and Kyle Davidson talked about their journalism aspirations, career interests – and the impact of Capital News Service.


POLICE SOCIAL WORK: Some law enforcement agencies, including the Grand Rapids and Lansing police departments, are teaming up cops with social workers in responding to some calls. Some go on the police payroll, while others are under contract from private companies. We hear from a Western Michigan University sociologist, Grand Rapids police, the executive director of the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and members of the advocacy groups Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity and Together We Are Safe. By Hope O’Dell. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE, GREENVILLE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

COVID ACCOUNTS: Child welfare advocates say Michigan lawmakers should follow the lead of their California counterparts by introducing legislation that creates a state-funded program of trust funds for children orphaned by the pandemic. We hear from Michigan’s Children and the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. By Lindsay McCoy. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

POLICE DIVERSITY: Law enforcement agencies in Michigan are having trouble diversifying their personnel to better reflect the state’s population. We hear from criminal justice experts at Ferris State and Wayne State, the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the State Police. By Jack Falinski. FOR DETROIT, BIG RAPIDS, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS. 

GRADUATION RATES: New federal figures show the graduation rates for community colleges in the state, led by Alpena Community College and with Henry Ford Community College at the bottom and Glen Oaks College in between. But those figures are misleading, says the Michigan Center for Student Success at the Community College Association, in part because many students who enroll at them don’t plan to finish an associate degree there. By Hope O’Dell. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, DETROIT, GREENVILLE, IONIA, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, MONROE, LANSING CITY PULSE, CLARE COUNTY and ALL POINTS.

w/GRADUATION RATES TABLE: Graduation rates for a sampling of community colleges in Michigan: Alpena, Lansing, Sidney, Scottville, Harrison, Centreville, Traverse City, Petoskey and Dearborn. Credit: U.S. Department of Education.

CRAFT BEVERAGES: Call the nematodes that threaten Michigan’s hop crops “ninjas” that work in darkness, in secret – then do research to protect the state’s craft beer production. Most of the hops grow in the southwest part of the state. We talk to the state Craft Beverage Council and MSU scientists who are tackling that question, which has a big economic impact. Those already hit hard include hop growers in the Traverse City area. For news and agriculture sections. By Jack Falinksi. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, CORP!, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS and ALL POINTS.

HEALTH MANDATES: Some public health experts worry that passage of the Unlock Michigan II ballot proposal could block unrelated public health orders. The proposal, which may be on the November ballot, is a conservative reaction to COVID-19 pandemic-related mask mandates. It would require state legislators or local governments to approve any emergency order extension after 28 days. A former state health director, a Ferris State public health expert and an Unlock Michigan II supporter opine. By Sydney Bowler. FOR BIG RAPIDS and ALL POINTS. 

SKI BOOM: Michigan’s ski slopes are bustling this winter, continuing a momentum that motivated more people to try the sport as a fun way to get outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many who tried it for the first time, or returned to it, last winter are back again now. We hear from a ski resort in Harbor Springs, a ski patrol volunteer from Walled Lake, the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association and a Holt man whose family went skiing in Groveland Township. By Lindsay McCoy. FOR HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS. IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/SKI BOOM PHOTO: View from a chairlift at Mount Bohemia in Lac La Belle on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Credit: Brad Glasser

RESEARCH GRANTS: New grants will pay for important Great Lakes research into water use, Lake Huron walleye, invasive mussel larvae and harmful algae blooms. We talk to experts from Sea Grant, Michigan Tech, U-M and MSU. By Sydney Bowler. FOR ALCONA, ALPENA, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, HOLLAND, OCEANA COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, MONROE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE and ALL POINTS.

AFRICAN AMERICAN GRADUATES: New data from the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education show Michigan universities fall behind many of their peers nationally in the number of African American undergraduate and master’s students who receive degrees. U-M Ann Arbor, U-M Dearborn, Wayne State and MSU did make the top 25 in some categories. We talk to university officials and the Michigan Association of State Universities. By Jada Penn. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.


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