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Dec. 8, 2023

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EDITORS: This is our last regular file of the fall semester. We will move our traditional Bonus Week budget on Friday, Dec. 15, with still-timely stories you may not have had space for when they first moved. Of course, you can continue to use any of our fall stories and visuals.

Here is your file:

FARM COSTS: Farmers have been hit by sharply higher fertilizer prices since the COVID-19 pandemic, with corn growers hit especially hard. A Farm Bureau economist and a farmer who represents Farm Bureau members in Barry, Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties explain. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR HOLLAND, GREENVILLE, IONIA, WKTV, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

w/ FARM COSTS PHOTO: Farm Bureau district director Jeff Sandborn grows 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Ionia County.

SYPHILIS: Syphilis rates are on the rise in Michigan, especially among women, and that worries state health officials. Detroit has the highest rate, followed by Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Washtenaw and Genesee counties. There is a significant difference in rates between Black and white men. A new CDC study traces five cases of Southwest Michigan women infected after having sex with the same man. We talk to the state medical executive and a Kalamazoo County health official. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/SYPHILIS BAGDASARIAN PHOTO: Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive. Credit: Department of Health & Human Services

w/SYPHILIS MAP: Michigan communities with the highest rates of primary and secondary syphilis. Credit: Department of Health & Human Services

JUVENILE JUSTICE: Michigan is poised to change the rates at which it reimburses counties for juvenile justice services. That means more state funds for county-run residential and mental health services. The legislation passed the House and Senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature. Sponsors are from Detroit, West Bloomfield, Warren, Northfield Township and Taylor. We hear from the Michigan Center for Youth Justice in Ann Arbor, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association president, from Kalamazoo County, which supports the measure, and an Oakland County senator who voted against it. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/ JUVENILE JUSTICE RUNESTAD PHOTO: Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township. Credit: Michigan Senate

POLICE DRONES: The expanded use of drones by law enforcement agencies raises privacy concerns. Police agencies say drones are valuable tools in documenting crime scenes, finding fleeing felons and locating missing people, but critics worry about them threatening First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights. The ACLU, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor, the Association of Chiefs of Police and Grand Rapids police chief discuss. By Liz Nass. FOR WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE, GREENVILLE, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/POLICE DRONES CHIEF: Chief Eric Winstrom has overseen the implementation of drones by Grand Rapids police. Credit: Grand Rapids Police Department

w/DRONE PROFESSOR: Professor J. Richard Broughton is a privacy law expert at the University of Detroit Mercy. Credit: University of Detroit Mercy 

DOGS: Officials and veterinarians are worried about a “mystery” respiratory illness confirmed in more than a dozen states, including neighboring Indiana. They urge extra caution in the run-up to heavy holiday travel. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the American Veterinary Medical Association offer advice. By Kelsey Lester. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

DOGS PHOTO: Health officials recommend owners check with a veterinarian if their dogs show symptoms of the “mystery” respiratory illness. Credit: American Veterinary Medical Association.

ZEROEYES: Michigan’s State Capitol is the first in the nation to deploy a gun detection system using artificial intelligence for security. The system, ZeroEyes, supplements the recently installed metal detectors that lawmakers, state staff and hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through each year. We learn more from the State Capitol Commission’s executive director andt he Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners director for Southwest Michigan. By Kelsey Lester. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

SKI PASS: Michigan’s resorts are challenging skiers and snowboarders to visit 33 snowsports areas this winter. It’s part of incentives to boost participation on the slopes. They include slopes in Thompsonville, Traverse City and Harbor Springs. We talk to folks at the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association and Marquette Mountain. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/SKI PASS PHOTO: A skier at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, one of the 33 resorts that participate in a White Gold Card promotion. Credit: Pure Michigan

DRUNKEN DRIVING: The Office of Highway Safety Planning, State Police and other agencies are raising awareness of the dangers of drunken and drugged driving during the winter holiday season. In 2022, the state registered 9,331 alcohol-involved crashes, with 322 fatalities, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. By Kayte Marshall. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/DRUNKEN DRIVING CAMPAIGN: The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is intended to deter drunken and drugged driving during the holiday season. Credit: Office of Highway Safety Planning

SUB SHORTAGE: Many school districts are experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers this fall, with office staff, principals and even superintendents, including the one in Alpena, filling classroom gaps. We hear from the Michigan Education Association and the Pinckney Community Schools superintendent. By Brandy Muz. FOR ALPENA, DETROIT, FOWLERVILLE AND ALL POINTS.

GREAT LAKES AUTHORS: Books usually speak to readers through words and, sometimes, illustrations. But we can learn what motivated their authors by speaking directly to them. Seven authors who wrote about Great Lakes environmental issues discuss the motivations and goals underlying their books. For news and feature sections. Edited by Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

TOLL SYSTEM: Michigan and Ontario are switching from swipe cards to electronic tags for commuter discount tolls on the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie and the Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron and Sarnia. Tolls won’t go up with the change. An International Bridge Association official explains. By Kayte Marshall. FOR ALL POINTS. 



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