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Nov. 10, 2023

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SCHOOL SAFETY: School districts are taking measures to enhance safety and prevent violence in their buildings in the aftermath of shootings, including the state’s worst one at Oxford High School in Oakland County. We hear from the St. Ignace superintendent, the Michigan School Business Officials and the OK2SAY program. By Brandy Muz. FOR ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/SCHOOL SAFETY LOGO: Logo of the state’s OK2SAY program.

TURKEY: In the run-up to Thanksgiving, a growing number of consumers are turning to locally raised turkeys. Meanwhile, Michigan’s flock of wild turkeys is prospering, but few of them grace Thanksgiving tables. We hear from a Gaylord turkey farmer, a Traverse City meat market and a DNR wild turkey expert. By Kelsey Lester. FOR HOLLAND, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/TURKEY PHOTO 1: Wild turkeys sit in a Michigan field. Credit: Department of Natural Resources

w/TURKEY PHOTO 2: Turkeys roam the Cook Family Farm in Gaylord. Credit: Waneta Cook

WINTER DRIVING: The Department of Transportation and country road agencies are using new technology and trying different products to make winter roads safer and to minimize environmental damage from road salt. We hear from the MDOT director and road commissions in Oakland, Marquette and Kent counties. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, MARQUETTE, PLANET DETROIT, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

w/WINTER DRIVING PHOTO: Snow plow at work clearing a highway. Credit: Department of Transportation.

GOLF COURSES: Some shuttered golf courses are being converted to nature areas, including ones in Harbor Springs and Traverse City. For news and sports sections. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR PLANET DETROIT, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

w/GOLF COURSES PHOTO 1: An aerial photo shows the Offield Family Viewlands, a former golf course. Credit: Little Traverse Conservancy

w/GOLF COURSES PHOTO 2: The Bluestem Meadow Reflection Labyrinth sits on a former golf course at Offield Family Viewlands. Credit: Little Traverse Conservancy

w/CLIMATE SOLUTIONS LOGO: Credit: Asher Freedman

SEAT BELT USE: Seat belt use in the state is unfortunately on the decline, and one factor may be the pandemic, a period when police made fewer traffic stops and when more people drove solo rather than carpooling or sharing rides. Gladwin County had the lowest compliance rate in the Lower Peninsula. The other lowest compliance rates were in Gogebic, Ontonagon, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron, Schoolcraft and Wayne counties. Even so, Michigan drivers and passengers are more likely to buckle up than their counterparts nationally. We hear from MDOT, AAA Michigan and the Office of Highway Safety Planning. By Liz Nass. FOR GLADWIN COUNTY, DETROIT, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

wSEAT BELT USE LOGO: Michigan participates in the national Click It or Ticket campaign. Credit: State Police

AIRPORTS: The state still owns four small local airports, rescued decades ago before financial problems forced them to close. They’re now self-sufficient. They are in Wayne, Roscommon, Macomb and Genesee counties. MDOT explains. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR DETROIT, CORP!, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS. 

ETHICS COMMITTEE: The House Ethics and Oversight Committee hasn’t met in months. The Democratic chair says the committee is still doing its work, but Republicans feel frustrated. We talk to lawmakers from Dearborn, Clare, Novi and Rochester Hills and to Common Cause. By Liz Nass. FOR CLARE, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/ETHICS PHOTO BYRNES: Rep. Erin Byrnes, a Dearborn Democrat, chairs the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

w/ETHICS PHOTO KUNSE: Rep. Tom Kunse of Clare is the top Republican on the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

w/ETHICS PHOTO BREEN: Rep. Kelly Breen, a Novi Democrat. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives.

w/ETHICS PHOTO TISDEL: Rep. Mark Tisdel, a Rochester Hills Republican. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives.

WOLVES: The idea of allowing wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula is still alive. Though the population has recovered, the Natural Resources Commission says it needs more information before deciding whether to authorize a hunting season – if the species is removed from the federal endangered species list. We talk to a DNR wildlife biologist, and a Michigan Tech wolf expert. By Kelsey Lester. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

w/WOLVES PHOTO: The Upper Peninsula is home to more than 600 wolves. Credit: Department of Natural Resources

TAILGATE TRASH: Michigan State and Penn State are among the universities pushing for better recycling and trash cleanup behavior at football game tailgates. U-M fans bring U-M trash bags when they tailgate at away games. For news and sports sections. By Wajeeha Kamal. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, BIG RAPIDS, MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/TAILGATE TRASH PHOTO 1: Tailgaters on MSU’s campus clean up following a recent football game against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Credit: Wajeeha Kamal

w/TAILGATE TRASH PHOTO 2: Litter overflowing a trash barrel at a Michigan State University football game. Credit: Mary Zumbrunnen


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