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Dec. 1, 2023

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DRUG TEST: Mandatory drug testing for bus drivers, including testing for legal medical and recreational marijuana, makes it harder for public transit agencies to recruit and retain drivers. It’s a matter of public safety, but causes problems when many local transit need more drivers. We talk to the Michigan Public Transit Association, the Ionia director of transportation and Harbor Transit in Harbor Springs. By Brandy Muz. FOR IONIA, GREENVILLE, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.

NEIGHBORHOOD SITES: The Department of Health and Human Services plans to expand local health services beyond those related to COVID-19 in urban sites in Lansing, Detroit, Roseville, Flint, Muskegon Heights, Niles and Grand Rapids and on campuses of Albion College and the Wayne County Community College District. We hear from the state’s chief medical executive, the director of a neighborhood site in Detroit and Albion College. By Liz Nass. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, WKTV, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS.

w/NEIGHBORHOOD SITE BAGDASARIAN PHOTO: Natasha Bagdasarian is the state’s chief medical executive. Credit: Department of Health and Human Services

w/NEIGHBORHOOD SITE PHOTO1: The Epicenter of Worship in Lansing is one of 18 neighborhood sites that offered COVID-19 health care during the pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services wants to expand the type of care offered at the sites. Credit: Liz Nass

COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOUSING: Community colleges are urging the Legislature to make it easier for them to afford to build housing for their students, many of them already hard pressed financially to attend. Their association wants $40 million in grants to help pay for construction of housing at about eight campuses. Twelve of the 28 public colleges offer housing, including Monroe Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, Kirkland Community College, North Central College, Gogebic Community College and Bay College.We hear from the Michigan Community College Association, and the presidents of Alpena and West Shore community colleges. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, MONROE, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, OCEANA COUNTY, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, DETROIT, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, CLARE, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOUSING TABLE: Twelve Michigan community colleges offer student housing. 

w/COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOUSING PRESIDENT ALPENA: Alpena Community College President Don MacMaster. Credit: Alpena Community College

w/COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOUSING PRESIDENT WEST SHORE: West Shore Community College President Scott Ward. Credit: West Shore Community College

w/COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOUSING PHOTO 1: Alpena Community College has 16 apartments that are in high demand. Credit: Alpena Community College

OPEN MEETINGS:The state’s 28 community colleges want the Legislature to make it easier for their elected trustees to vote remotely at board meetings, but pending Open Meetings Act legislation by a UP senator wouldn’t accomplish that. We talked to the senator from Vulcan, the Michigan Community College Association, a Glen Oaks Community College trustee in St. Joseph County and the Michigan Coalition for Open Government. By Liz Nass. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, MIDLAND, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

w/OPEN MEETINGS BRANDY JOHNSON: Michigan Community College Association President Brandy Johnson: Credit: Michigan Community College Association

w/OPEN MEETINGS BRUCE GOSLING: Bruce Gosling, chair of the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees. Credit: Glen Oaks Community College

w/OPEN MEETINGS ED McBROOM: Republican Sen. Ed McBroom of Vulcan. Credit: Michigan Senate

SPORTS: Some community colleges are expanding their athletics programs as a way to recruit and retain students and help athletes succeed academically, although sports facilities are expensive to build and maintain. Among them are Mid Michigan College in Harrison and Montcalm Community College in Greenville and Sidney. The Michigan Community College Association explains. For news and sports sections. By Kelsey Lester. FOR CLARE COUNTY, GREENVILLE, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

w/SPORTS MID MICHIGAN PHOTO: Mid Michigan College President Tim Hood. Credit: Mid Michigan Community College 

w/SPORTS CLAY TARGET SHOOTERS: Members of the clay target shooting team at Mid Michigan College. Credit: Mid Michigan College

WRONG WAY DRIVING: MDOT, the State Police and Grand Rapids are teaming up to reduce the number of deadly wrong-way driving crashes. New detectors are being installed at a number of locations in Grand Rapids. Among the recent fatalities were crashes in Detroit and Grand Rapids. MDOT officials explain. By Kayte Marshall. FOR DETROIT, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

w/WRONG WAY DRIVING PHOTO: Signs light up as part of the state’s wrong-way driving detection systems. Credit: Michigan Department of Transportation

SEA LAMPREY: A recently discovered chemical compound that makes it difficult for invasive sea lamprey to find their breeding grounds in Northern Michigan streams may be a new tool for controlling a parasite that threatens Great Lakes fish. We hear from the MSU fisheries and wildlife professor who leads the research team and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. By Ben Eiler. FOR LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, MONROE, MARQUETTE, ALPENA, SAULT STE. MARIE, ALCONA, HOLLAND, OCEANA, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

w/SEA LAMPREY PHOTO: Michigan State University assistant professor Anne Scott is testing a new method of controlling parasitic sea lampreys in northern Michigan streams. Courtesy: Anne Scott


ADULT EDUCATION: Community colleges are working to lure older students – those over 25. They are offering free and discounted tuition from a state program, help with applications and even child care. We talk to the interim president of Montcalm Community College who was an older college student herself, the president of Mid Michigan College and the Michigan Community Colleges Association. By Brandy Muz. FOR GREENVILLE, CLARE, WKTV AND ALL POINTS. 

w/ADULT EDUCATION TIM HOOD: Mid Michigan College President Tim Hood. Credit: Mid Michigan Community College 

w/ADULT EDUCATION CONNIE STEWART: Connie Stewart, interim president of Montcalm Community College


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