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Oct. 20, 2023

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FARMLANDS: Lawmakers in some states, including Michigan, are pushing to ban or limit Chinese companies from buying farmland. Legislators from Clare and Richland are among them, but an MSU agricultural economics expert says there’s no serious problem in the state. By Kelsey Lester. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CLARE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

W/FARMLANDS GRAPHIC: Graphic of foreign-held acreage in Michigan by county. Credit: Michigan State University

PRIME PROGRAM: Michigan has more high schools participating in a national program to increase shop and technical training opportunities than any other state. The Michigan Manufacturers Association, whose members face a serious shortage of skilled workers, is leading the charge for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education. We hear about a program in St. Joseph County. Includes references to programs in West Ottawa, Grand Haven, Romeo, Pontiac, Grand Rapids, Rudyard and Hancock. By Liz Nass. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, SAULT STE. MARIE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, DETROIT, WKTV, HOLLAND, IRON RIVER AND ALL POINTS.

w/PRIME PROGRAM JOHNSTON PHOTO: Mike Johnston, the executive vice president of government affairs and workforce development at the Michigan Manufacturing Association. Courtesy photo.

w/PRIME PROGRAM 5 STUDENTS PHOTO: Students work with manufacturing equipment at Three Rivers High School. Credit: Art Maisano 

w/PRIME PROGRAM 2 STUDENTS PHOTO: Three Rivers High School is one of 32 Michigan locations where students can participate in the Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education Program. Credit: Art Maisano 

DRIVER SHORTAGE: The pandemic, low wages and stringent drug and alcohol testing are driving an ongoing shortage of bus drivers, who are usually older workers. We talk to the head of the Michigan Public Transit Authority and Kalamazoo Metro Transit about efforts to raise pay and ease drug and alcohol testing. Other systems mentioned are DDOT in Detroit, SMART in Southeast Michigan, Grand Rapids and Lansing. By Brandy Muz. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

SHIPWRECKS BOOK: “Too Much Water for Their Decks’ ‘ is a new book about shipwrecks around Isle Royale, in “killer” Great Lakes storms and along the Minnesota shore of Lake Superior. We talk with the author. For news and features sections. By Mya Smith. FOR MARQUETTE, IRON RIVER, SAULT STE. MARIE, LUDINGTON, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, MONROE, MIDLAND, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, OCEANA COUNTY, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

w/SHIPWRECKS BOOK COVER: Credit: University of Minnesota Press.

w/SHIPWRECKS BOOK AUTHOR: Michael Schumacher, the author of “Two Much Water for Their Decks” and five other books on Great Lakes shipwrecks.

GREEN ROOFS: The green roof movement is expanding in Michigan as a way to reduce energy costs and promote sustainability. We learn about efforts in Grand Rapids, talk to a company based in Nunica that constructs green roofs and look at the green roof at the Ford Rouge plant in Dearborn. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, WKTV, CORP! DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/GREEN ROOFS BIRD PHOTO : A killdeer on the green roof at the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn. Credit: Don Russell, Ford Motor Co.


RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE: Michigan is getting more money from Washington to improve passenger and freight train safety, efficiency and reliability. One infrastructure project that will benefit is replacement of the Manistee River Train Bridge in Wexford County along the rail line that connects southern Michigan with Traverse City. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR CADILLAC, TRAVERSE CITY, CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

w/RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE PHOTO: A Great Lakes Central Railroad train crosses the Manistee River Train Bridge. Credit: Michigan Department of Transportation. 


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