CNS budget, Sept. 8, 2023

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Sept. 8, 2023

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman

Welcome to the 1st CNS file of the fall 2023 semester. We have a talented cohort of correspondents to serve you and will continue to partner with Great Lakes Echo, our environmental news service, to provide a wide range of stories for your readers. Chief copy editor Judy Putnam and CNS tech manager Eryn Ho are back, and our staff is joined by teaching assistant, PhD student and CNS alum Vladislava Sukhanovskaya.

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

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

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Here is your file:

E. COLI: As many as half the state’s rivers and streams have elevated levels of E. coli,  threatening the health of those who swim there or eat fish caught there. This summer’s closures included beaches in Traverse City and Chippewa, Oakland, Macomb, Aranac, Roscommon and Cheboygan counties. We talk to the Roscommon Township supervisor, a central Michigan health official and the Michigan Environmental Council. By Kelsey Lester. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE MARIE AND ALL POINTS.

w/E. COLI MAP: There are currently four E. coli-related beach closures in Arenac, Roscommon, Grand Traverse and Chippewa counties. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

HONOR FLIGHT: Seventy-seven Michigan veterans recently returned from Washington in a national program that honors them for their military service. For some, it was the first public recognition for their service. Among them are veterans from Frederic Township near Grayling and Northville and a support group from Stanwood. Another group will leave from Traverse City in October on a similar trip. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, DETROIT, BIG RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/HONOR FLIGHT PHOTO: Veterans and their chaperones and families gathered in the main lobby of Bishop International Airport in Flint. Credit: Carrie Rauhe

PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY: Some environmental groups and legislators say Michigan needs an extended producer responsibility law to place the financial burden of waste management on the shoulders of manufacturers of their products. The goals include reducing the amount of material going into the waste stream. The Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association and Michigan Recycling Coalition aren’t all on the same page. By Liz Nass. FOR CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, PLANET DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

SKILLED TRADES SHORTAGE: Michigan faces a drastic shortage of skilled trades workers, adversely affecting agriculture, construction, energy, manufacturing and other fields, experts say. We hear from the Bloomfield Township-based Construction Association of Michigan and, Department of Labor and Economic Development, as well as getting an inside look at a Going PRO Talent Fund project in Ingham County. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/SKILLED TRADES SHORTAGE GRAPHIC: Wilson Talent Center graduates pursuing further education or training. Credit: Kenzie Terpstra.


WILD RICE: Tribes across the state, including the Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi in Kalamazoo County and the Bay Mills Indian Community in the U.P. are restoring beds of wild rice, a historically tribal staple grain once common in Michigan but wiped out by development. We talk to tribal experts and the author of a book on wild rice. Sponsors of a proposal to designate it as the official state grain include legislators from Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Wyoming, Marquette, Detroit and Hamtramck. By Ashley Zhou. FOR BAY MILLS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, TRAVERSE CITY, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, MARQUETTE, HARBOR SPRINGS, STURGIS, IRON MOUNTAIN, THREE RIVERS AND ALL POINTS.

w/WILD RICE PHOTO RODWAN: John Rodwan, the environmental director of the Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi, stands among the wild rice seed growth on the tribe’s reservation in Kalamazoo County. Credit: Clara Lowe/ Bridge Michigan

w/WILD RICE PHOTO PLANTS: In July, wild rice plants began the flowering stage — sprouting long spikes of rice with thin and fluffy white flowers growing off abundant leaf stalks. Credit: Clara Lowe/ Bridge Michigan

NURSING ETHICS: Nurses are caught in the middle between professional ethics codes and constraints on treating patients who can’t afford medical care, a recent study says. Researchers who interviewed Michigan nurses concluded that such situations may cause “moral distress” that “places the profession of nursing in a position of moral compromise and threatens to corrupt the institution of nursing.” An MSU researcher and a Sparrow Hospital nurse discuss. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

FUGITIVE DUST: Dearborn and industrial scrapyard Pro V Enterprises have settled a lawsuit over alleged pollution-control problems with the company agreeing to spend more than $1 million to mitigate fugitive dust pollution. Fugitive dust occurs when small particles generated by human activities escape their immediate surroundings and become suspended in the air. By A.J. Evans. FOR PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

BENTON HARBOR WATER: Lead lines are gone, but clean water remains a luxury in Benton Harbor, where residents have been inundated with challenges facing their water system for years: Lead in pipes. Ineffective corrosion treatment. Threats of water shut-offs. Some relief is at hand, now that two years of construction and $45 million in federal aid have made it possible to replace most of the city’s lead lines. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR ALL POINTS.

JOURNALISM COMMENTARY: These are tough times for journalists as traditional news outlet staffs shrink, news outlets cut coverage and media companies merge or close. Nonprofit start-ups are emerging but often struggle financially. There is a disturbing growth in public distrust of journalism’s commitment to democratic values of fairness, balance, ethics and accuracy. Even so, a new Pew Research Center study finds most journalists are satisfied with their work and hold more positive attitudes than the public about their reporting. At Michigan State, a record number of incoming journalism and digital storytelling majors enrolled this fall and student journalists nationally play a growing reporting role. Commentary for news and opinion pages. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

  w/ERIC FREEDMAN PHOTO: Credit: Michigan State University


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