CNS budget, March 18, 2022

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March 18, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 8

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295,

For other matters, contact Eric Freedman at (517) 256-3873;

MICHIGAN PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS: The MPA has recognized recent Capital News Service correspondents and Great Lakes Echo contributors Kyle Davidson, Taylor Haelterman, Chloe Trofatter and Brianna Lane in the 2021 College Better Newspaper Contest. Great Lakes Echo won 2nd place and CNS won 3rd place overall in the Division 1 best student publication category.


INVASIVES & ORVS: The fight against invasive species in Northern Michigan has moved to a new setting – local bars – where owners of off-road vehicles congregate. The idea is to get the sports enthusiasts to clean up the vehicles before going to a new area. The fledgling ORV program received $234,400 and will serve Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford counties. We talk to a Cadillac-based educator and a DNR official. By Jack Falinski. FOR CADILLAC, LAKE COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, HERALD REVIEW, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE and ALL POINTS.

w/INVASIVES & ORVS PHOTO: A portable boat wash operating at Lake Ovid in Clinton County helps stop the spread of invasive species. Officials are hoping to do the same with off-road vehicles. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

CAPITOL CEILINGS: The 19th century decoratively painted ceilings in Michigan’s Capitol are drawing wider attention, including a nod in National Geographic magazine. A new underground visitor and event center scheduled to open this summer inside the Capitol will feature the historic building’s ceilings designs. We talk to the Capitol historian-curator, a member of the State Capitol Commission member and a Governing magazine photographer. By Jada Penn. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

w/CAPITOL CEILINGS PHOTO 1: A 19th century sunburst ceiling was sketched by Christian Weidemann, who led the decorative painting efforts in the Capitol. Credit: State of Michigan

w/CAPITOL CEILINGS PHOTO 2: Sunburst ceiling is located on the 1st floor of the Capitol. Credit: State of Michigan

w/CAPITOL CEILINGS PHOTO 3: Visitors who look up into the Capitol dome can see the ceiling painted to look like the sky. Credit: David Marvin, State of Michigan


RECIDIVISM: Michigan rate of recidivism – the rate at which ex-prisoners commit new crimes and get put back behind bars – has fallen dramatically. We hear from the Corrections director, the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration and an MSU criminal justice expert. By Hope O’Dell. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, IONIA, GREENVILLE, MARQUETTE and ALL POINTS.

SOYBEANS: With a worldwide increase in demand for food and oil, the soybean industry shows no signs of slowing down as demand rises. In addition, the consumer trend towards more plant-based meat substitutes will be good news for Michigan farmers – but not immediately. Counties with more than 100,000 acres of soybeans harvested are Lenawee, Sanilac and Saginaw, and other top-10 counties include Monroe, Hillsdale and Eaton. An Elsie soybean farmer and the Michigan Soybean Association’s CEO discuss. By Lindsay M. McCoy. FOR BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, MONROE, HILLSDALE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS. 

w/SOYBEANS TABLE: Michigan’s top-10 soybean producing counties. Data from National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

NEMATODES: Ag and farming officials are helping growers manage soybean cyst nematodes to prevent a major loss in yield as the crop’s production season approaches. We talk to the Michigan Soybean Committee, BASF chemical experts and an MSU researcher. By Jada Penn. FOR BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, MONROE, HILLSDALE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS. 

w/NEMATODES PHOTO: Soybean cyst nematodes. Credit: MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

RESOLUTIONS: Each year, legislators introduce hundreds of resolutions to express the opinion of the Senate or House. While many address public policy or propose changes to the state Constitution, a good portion are less than sweeping and some sound, well, of picayune concern to state government. We talk to sponsors of resolutions marking International Women’s Day and one proposing that Michigan replace the U.S. Capitol’s statue of former U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, who owned slaves, with one of former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. By Sydney Bowler. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

RESTORE GRAYLING: Can remote streamside incubators restore the long-gone Arctic grayling to Michigan’s rivers and streams? A Consumers Energy Foundation grant is helping fund research to explore that prospect. The Manistee River has been one research site. Researchers from Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan and the University of Alberta, along with the DNR, are on a grayling restoration quest. By Danielle James. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, BAY MILLS, WKTV, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, ALCONA, ALPENA MONTMORENCY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, CLARE COUNTY, LAKE COUNTY, OCEANA COUNTY, LEELANAU, HERALD-REVIEW, HARBOR SPRINGS and ALL POINTS.

w/RESTORE GRAYLING PHOTO 1: Angler releasing an arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) while showing off its sailfin. Credit: Department of Natural Resources

w/RESTORE GRAYLING PHOTO 2: A remote site incubator is located in Montana. Credit: Glenn Boltz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ENVIRONMENTAL PFAS: The recent discovery of a dangerous family of PFAS in Michigan cattle has the Michigan Environmental Council renewing its push for the Legislature to ban the controversial chemicals and more tightly regulate them. We also talk to an MSU expert in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. By Arya Dara. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS and ALL POINTS.


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