CNS budget, March 25, 2022

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March 25, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 9

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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

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MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME REMINDER: The annual induction ceremony will be Sunday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. The inductees are Robert Ankeny, Greg Dorsett, Marguerite Gahagan, Tim Kiska and Beth Konrad. For more information contact Betty DeSantis at 517-353-6431.


WHEAT: The Ukraine-Russia war has disrupted the source of one-third of the world’s wheat crop, but Michigan farmers can’t plant more wheat to make up for Ukrainian and Russian production lost to the ongoing war. Top producers include Lenawee, Clinton, Monroe and Ionia counties. The Farm Bureau and an MSU agricultural economist discuss. For news and business sections. By Hope O’Dell. FOR GREENVILLE, IONIA, MONROE, BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! and ALL POINTS.

w/WHEAT TABLE: Top 10 wheat-producing counties. Data: U.S. Department of Agriculture

AIR MOBILITY CORRIDOR: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a … flying car? The Senate has passed a bill sponsored by lawmakers from East Lansing and Lawton to create an Advanced Air Mobility Study Committee, but opposed by local governments that say it would limit their ability to regulate them. A Whitmer administration project is focused on developing an air mobility corridor for commercial drones and other flying vehicles, with research going on in Southeast Michigan and along an international crossing. We talk to a sponsor, MDOT, a Detroit-based drone technology start-up company and the Townships Association. By Jack Falinski. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

MISSING & MURDERED: The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay Mills Indian Community are participating in a pilot project to created a database to track and resolve cases of missing and murdered tribal members. Open cases include the 2004 disappearance of a tribal woman in Kent County and the 1997 discovery of a dead baby in a campground latrine in Naubinway. The goal is to help tribal communities create and implement a response plan that follows FBI guidelines on how victim services, law enforcement agencies and media can better address the crisis. We learn about this response to the missing and murdered Indigenous people crisis from tribal representatives and a U.S. Justice Department official. By Lindsay M. McCoy: FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN and ALL POINTS.

PELL GRANTS: Now that inmates are eligible for federal Pell grants to take college-level courses, some community colleges, colleges and universities in the state are expanding their offerings to prisoners. We hear about the Corrections Department, Delta College. Story cites Siena Heights University, Jackson College, Mott Community College, Thumb Correctional Facility and a prison higher education advocacy group. By Jada Penn. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, GREENVILLE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IONIA, JACKSON, MANISTEE, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, BAY MILLS and ALL POINTS.

SENIOR LIVING: As the demand for affordable housing for older Michigan residents grows, two new independent living facilities are being built in Traverse City and Ann Arbor. We talk to AARP, a Livonia lawmaker and the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan. By Lindsay M. McCoy. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, DETROIT, BENZIE COUNTY, MANISTEE, LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, CADILLAC and ALL POINTS.

STUDENT MEALS: What is the impact on students and schools of the recent resumption of income limits for free and reduced price meals? The Michigan PTA, Sen. Stabenow and Traverse City schools have things to say. By Jada Penn. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS.

TEACHER NEW CAREERS: A growing number of frustrated teachers are abandoning their classrooms for new careers, including ones in Middleton and Southfield. They cite low pay, lack of appreciation and declining public support. The president of the MEA, which commissioned a statewide survey of public school teachers, opines. By Jada Penn. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/TEACHER NEW CAREERS PHOTO: Jeremy Hyler changed careers after 21 years of teaching in Middleton, Gratiot County. Credit: Courtesy photo. 


LOCAL RECYCLING: A large majority of municipal officials say their constituents feel recycling is important or somewhat important, a new U-M survey finds, but the state’s recycling rate lags the national average. House-passed legislation may help bump up the rate. We hear from the Michigan Recycling Coalition, Delhi Township and the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority, with data from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Sydney Bowler. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN and ALL POINTS.

EMERY MEMOIR: Retired Lansing newspaper journalist and public relations practitioner Sharon Emery has published a memoir exploring how she handled the drowning of her daughter, the apparent suicide of her sister and her lifelong stutter. She has upcoming book signings in Detroit and East Lansing. For news and feature sections. By Judy Putnam. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/EMERY MEMOIR COVER: Sharon Emery’s memoir tackles how to be happy despite losses and limits. Source: Mission Point Press

w/EMERY MEMOIR PHOTO: Author Sharon Emery has published a memoir about navigating grief and a significant stutter.  Courtesy photo.

DETROIT SLAVERY: A Harvard historian examines links between Detroit slavery and Great Lakes geography and economy. Author Tiya Miles recounts how the European settlement of the Detroit River and the economic ventures in the “City of the Straits” shaped the enslavement of Black and Indigenous residents of Michigan. By Kayla Nelsen. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

w/DETROIT SLAVERY COVER: The Dawn of Detroit, published in 2017 and written by historian Tiya Miles was the February book of the Great Lakes book club. Credit: The New Press


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