CNS budget, Jan. 26, 2024

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CNS BUDGET Jan. 26, 2024 – Week 1

JANUARY 26, 2024

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From: Eric Freedman and Elaine Kulhanek

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Editors: This is our first file of the new semester with a cadre of new and returning CNS correspondents.

Here’s your file:

TEACHER INCENTIVES: Signing bonuses aren’t limited to pro athletes. Some school districts, hard-pressed to find enough teachers, are paying them too. There are other new recruitment incentives and initiatives underway across the state. The governor touts them too. We hear about ones in the Cheboygan and Jackson school districts and the Lenawee and Ingham intermediate school districts. By Owen McCarthy. FOR CHEBOYGAN, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

HUMANITIES CUTS: Some public universities are cutting or restructuring humanities, arts and world language courses because of declining student interest. We talk to the Michigan Association of State Universities and learn about the situation at Oakland University, Central Michigan and Ferris State. By Anish Topiwala. FOR DETROIT, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE MARIE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, WKTV, MIDLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, IRON MOUNTAIN, BIG RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.

w/HUMANITIES CUTS HURLEY PHOTO: Daniel Hurley is the chief executive officer of the Michigan Association of State Universities. Credit: Michigan Association of State Universities.

w/HUMANITIES CUTS CLARK PHOTO: History professor Daniel Clark is the director of Oakland University’s Center for Public Humanities.

TRUST FUND: Townships are pushing for a revenue sharing and trust fund change in state aid that would put them on more even footing with cities, counties and villages. The legislation has passed the House and is awaiting Senate action over opposition from lawmakers from Three Rivers, Charlevoix, Milford and Oxford. We hear from the Michigan Townships Association, the Ishpeming Township supervisor and a Southfield senator. References to Saginaw, Rochester and Rochester Hills. By Alex Walters. FOR DETROIT, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, MIDLAND, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

w/TRUST FUND MOSS PHOTO: Sen. Jeremy Moss of Southfield. Credit: Michigan Senate 

STUDENT HOMELESSNESS: Homeless students often slip under the radar, and their plight draws insufficient attention from college administrators and others, advocates say. We learn about what Northern Michigan University is doing to address the problem, hear from the Michigan Association of State Universities and talk to a Lansing lawmaker who is pushing to establish a bill of rights for homeless Michigan residents. By Elijah Taub. FOR MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS. 

STUDENT HOMELESSNESS DIEVENDORF PHOTO: Rep. Emily Dievendorf, D-Lansing, has proposed a bill of rights for homeless Michigan residents: Credit: Michigan House of Representatives.

BICYCLE ACCIDENTS: Bicycling deaths are up in Michigan, and that worries cycling advocates, law enforcement and traffic safety experts. We hear from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and a former Washtenaw County deputy sheriff. Includes references to serious accidents in Ionia County, Clinton Township and Hillsdale. The Office of Highway Safety Planning has given grants to the sheriffs’ offices in Berrien, Macomb and Oakland counties and to police in Chikaming Township, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lansing and St. Joseph. By Sophia Ceru. FOR GREENVILLE, IONIA COUNTY, HILLSDALE, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

BLOOD SHORTAGE: Michigan’s two large blood banks, Detroit-based Red Cross and Grand Rapids-based Versiti, are grappling with a shortage of donors and canceled blood drives this winter. We talk to the lab manager for MyMichigan Health medical centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant, the laboratory medical director at Cadillac Hospital, the medical director of transfusion services at Sparrow Health and the blood bank director for Munson Healthcare. By Theo Scheer. FOR CADILLAC, WKTV, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DETROIT, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, GREENVILLE, MIDLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

USING FISH: Fish-leather purses and wallets may make their way into Great Lakes fashion with an initiative to use 100% of commercially caught fish by 2025. One of the latest projects is to fully use the region’s whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, walleye and white sucker. Mackinaw City might be one research site. Companies in L’Anse, Detroit, Manistee and Munising participate. It also involves the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. We learn more from the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. By Shealyn Paulis. FOR MONROE, ALPENA, ALCONA, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/USING FISH LEATHER PHOTO: Lake trout and whitefish leather dyed with natural indigo. Credit: Joe Manthei

w/USING FISH POUCHES PHOTO: Small pouches made of fish leather. Credit Joe Manthei

w/USING FISH CHARTS: How commercially caught fish are now used and what could be possible if they were fully used. Credit: Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers

DRONES, DEER & FISH: Do drones mesh or clash with hunting and fishing ethics and regulations. A company that uses drones to locate deer carcasses is suing to challenge Michigan’s ban on the practice. Meanwhile, wildlife officials, anglers and hunters debate the ethics and implications of drone use. We hear from the head of the company, the Natural Resources Commission chair, the DNR and a Holland angler. For news and outdoors sections. By Ben Eiler. FOR HOLLAND, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

w/DRONES, DEER & FISH PHOTO: Mike Yoder, founder of Drone Deer Recovery, flies a drone used to recover deer carcasses. Credit: Drone Deer Recovery.


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