Week 9 – 3/24/23
To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam
Welcome to the ninth CNS file of the spring 2023 semester.
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MICHIGAN HALL OF FAME REMINDER: The induction dinner will take place on Sunday, April 23, starting at 5 at MSU’s Kellogg Center. The inductees are former MSU Journalism School director Lucinda Davenport; Lansing community broadcast journalist Sheri Jones; trailblazing journalist Louise Ruth Mahon Leismer; multimedia entertainment journalist Jim McFarlin; editor and professor Walter Middlebrook; and longtime Detroit Free Press journalist Patricia Montemurri. Early registration if you RSVP by April 1. Deadline to RSVP is April 18.
Here’s your file:
LOBBYISTS: A White Lake senator is making another likely futile effort to slow the revolving door that lets legislators become registered lobbyists immediately after leaving office. Only one fellow Republican, from Holly, and no Democrats, are cosponsoring his ethics bills, which would also prohibit legislators’ spouses from lobbying. A Marquette Democrat, who just left the House and heads the Michigan Chemical Council, discusses. We also hear from Common Cause and the Southfield senator who chairs the committee. By Dan Netter. FOR MARQUETTE, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.
w/LOBBYISTS RUNESTAD: Sen. James Runestad of White Lake. Credit: Michigan
w/LOBBYISTS CAMBENSY: Former Rep. Sara Cambensy of Marquette. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives
w/LOBBYISTS MOSS: Sen. Jeremy Moss of Southfield. Credit: Michigan Senate
MATERNAL DEATHS: Suicides and drug overdoses killed 237 Michigan women within a year of giving birth between 2008 and 2018, and 70.9% had documented psychiatric illnesses, a new Wayne State-U-M-Duke University study found. Many had been taken off medications during pregnancy by doctors concerned about injuring the fetuses. A Central Michigan University ob/gyn and a Department of Health and Human Services maternal care expert explain. By Morgan Womack. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
w/MATERNAL DEATHS CAUSES GRAPHIC: Causes and numbers of maternal mortality. Source: Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance Report
w/MATERNAL DEATHS DISORDERS GRAPHIC: Psychiatric disorders associated with maternal deaths. Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
ISLE ROYALE: Remote Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior remains among the country’s least-visited national parks – fifth in the number of annual visitors – and the goal is to keep it that way. We learn why from Visit Keweenaw and the Clarkston author of a popular guidebook to the park. By Morgan Womack. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.
w/ISLE ROYALE SEAPLANE: A seaplane lands on Isle Royale, the country’s fifth least-visited national park. Credit: Jim Peaco, National Park Service
AUDUBON: Michigan chapters of the Audubon Society are wrestling with whether to keep or drop “Audubon” from the name of their local organizations. That’s because namesake John James Audubon, America’s most renowned bird artist, was an enslaver. The national organization’s board voted to keep the name, triggering three members to resign in protest. We hear from Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Oakland County chapters While John Jay Audubon was a renowned artist of birds, he also enslaved people. What do leaders and members of Audubon chapters in Michigan say should be done? By Samuel Batchford. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, WKTV, LEELANAU, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.
w/AUDUBON PORTRAIT: John James Audubon. Credit: Library of Congress
ARTIFICIAL REEFS: New research in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay shows that artificial reefs can create trout spawning habitat to replace natural reefs that have been damaged. It may be part of a solution to the dwindled number of lake trout there. We talk to the lead researcher, a Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary diver and an Alpena Fisheries Research Station biologist. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, CHEBOYGAN, MIDLAND, ST. IGNACE, MONROE, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, OCEANA COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.
w/ARTIFICIAL REEFS DIVERS: Some organisms taking refuge in artificial cobble reefs in Thunder Bay are invasive, but researchers say they don’t interfere with native species. Credit: Ellen Marsden
w/ARTIFICIAL REEFS DREDGE: Thunder Bay’s cobble reefs are a tourist attraction and hot fishing spot. Credit: Ellen Marsden
FOOD FESTIVALS: Crowds flock to the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City and Cheeseburger in Caseville. Festivals featuring other foods get less love and attention but bolster local communities: Celebrate potatoes in Posen, asparagus in Mears, fungus in the U.P., cereal in Battle Creek, melons in Howell, peaches in Romeo. An organizer of the Elsie Dairy Festival tells why. By Andrew Roth. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, OCEANA COUNTY, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT ST. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, WKTV, DETROIT, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, CHEBOYGAN, ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY AND ALL POINTS.
w/FOOD FESTIVAL CHART: Upcoming Michigan food festivals
PURPLE STAR SCHOOLS: A lawmaker from Onsted wants Michigan to establish a Purple Stars program in schools to address the special needs of children of members and veterans of the military. Services include help with varying state-to-state education requirements and the pressures of frequent moves. Some other states have done so already. By Sophia Brandt. FOR BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, MONROE, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.
PURPLE STAR SCHOOL ZORN: Rep. Dale Zorn of Onsted. Credit: Michigan House Republicans
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: Ethical questions of how resources are allocated between people and nature rarely address those problems in the Midwest, but philosophy professors from MSU and Washburn University have tackled that gap in scholarship with a new book. One author says, “Think about all that’s been said about water issues (on the West Coast) and water rights in the East Coast. Not a lot has been said about the Midwest.” By Jack Armstrong. FOR PLANET DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
w/ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS COVER: Credit: Michigan State University Press.