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Nov. 17, 2023

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From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Because of Thanksgiving, we plan to file early next week, most likely in the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 21.

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DOULAS: The Department of Health and Human Services is pushing to increase the number of doulas who provide pregnant women and their families with physical, psychological and emotional support. The initiative includes covering services for Medicaid recipients and paying for doula training. We talk to doulas from Grand Rapids and Detroit. Includes references to doulas in Marquette and Benton Harbor. We talk to the department’s Division of Maternal and Infant Health and doulas in Grand Rapids and Detroit. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR WKTV, DETROIT, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

w/DOULAS PHOTO: The Michigan Doula Advisory Council meets. Credit: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

LGBTQ+ HEALTH: $10 million in new state aid will help local organizations improve health services for LGBTQ+ residents of Michigan. We learn more from a Benton Harbor advocacy group and Transgender Michigan. Lawmakers from Livonia and Southfield championed the grant program. By Brandy Muz. FOR DETROIT, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, STURGIS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.


LONELINESS: A recent U.S. surgeon general’s advisory and a U-M study found that loneliness is a major public health problem for adults and children, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those most adversely affected are older and LGBTQ+ Michigan residents. We hear from the state’s chief medical executive and other experts about programs and groups based in West Michigan and Metro Detroit that are addressing the problem. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, GREENVILLE, IONIA, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE: The discovery of CWD in Ogemaw County for the first time is worrisome amid DNR’s concerns that the disease is spreading. Midland County had its first reported case earlier this year. DNR’s rotating test sites this season are in Northwest Michigan in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Isabella, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford counties. For news and outdoors sections. By Kelsey Lester. FOR MIDLAND, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LAKE COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE PHOTO: Deer with chronic wasting disease. Credit: University of Florida 

INVADER: The invasive wooly adelgid increasingly threatens the eastern hemlock, one   of the trees most important in Michigan for storing the carbon that causes global warming. Experts warn that’s bad news for the environment. First reported in Virginia, it has moved as far west as Michigan, aided by climate warming, wildlife migration, logging and people moving firewood. Grand Valley has developed a trap to monitor the insect. By Kari Eickholdt. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

w/INVADER PHOTO: Hemlock wooly adelgid is killing Michigan’s eastern hemlock trees. Credit: Shimat Joseph, University of Georgia

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: The Department of Health and Human Services is pushing Michigan residents to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors to prevent avoidable deaths such as a recent death in Fruitport caused by a generator in a garage. We talk to a fire official in Brighton after carbon monoxide from a pool heater sent a family of five to the hospital. By Kayte Marshall. FOR HOLLAND, FOWLERVILLE AND ALL POINTS.

w/CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING PHOTO: A carbon monoxide poisoning detector. Credit: Wayne State University/Michigan Poison & Drug Information Center.

ANTI-OVERDOSE DRUG: The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is the country’s first to stock a new anti-overdose drug called Opvee as an alternative to the most commonly used Narcan. Other agencies, including the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, are taking a-wait-and-see approach, in part because of costs. Amid an opioid crisis, we hear from the state’s chief medical executive, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Detroit chapter of Families Against Narcotics. By Liz Nass. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/ANTI-OVERDOSE DRUG BOUCHARD PHOTO: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. Credit: Oakland County.

w/ANTI-OVERDOSE DRUG PHOTO: Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey. Credit: Berrien County.

UNLICENSED BOAT: A Detroit man faces prison and a fine when sentenced early next year for violating a Coast Guard order to stop his illegal charter boat business on Lake St. Clair. On one occasion, investigators found an insufficient number of personal flotation devices aboard Benjamin Jones’s unlicensed 39-foot PWR TOWER, and on another occasion the vessel caught fire, its passengers were rescued and the boat had to be towed to shore. For news and outdoors sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

UNLICENSED BOAT PHOTO: Coast Guard station in St. Clair Shores. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

CLIMATE & FARMERS: Climate change means Michigan farmers not only face more intense rain at times but also drier conditions in the summer. That creates challenges in water management and irrigation practices. We talk to an Ithaca farmer dealing with the challenges,and a Michigan Farm Bureau expert. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! PLANET DETROIT, MIDLAND, LANSING AND ALL POINTS.

w/CLIMATE & FARMERS PHOTO: Intense rains from climate change are leading to more flooded farm fields. Credit: Jeremy Nagel/Michigan Farm Bureau


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