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February 9, 2024

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BIAS: The State Police has revised its anti-bias training for troopers, now called “Race and the History of Policing.” We hear from the department’s director, its diversity, equity and inclusion office and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. By Owen McCarthy. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS

w/BIAS PHOTO KREBS: Sarah Krebs is the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the State Police. Credit: State Police 

w/BIAS PHOTO STEVENSON: Bob Stevenson, the executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Credit: Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

HATE INCIDENTS: The number of reported anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim incidents has skyrocketed since the Hamas-Israeli war began Oct. 7. We talk to the Anti-Defamation League and Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Alleged perpetrators from Farmington Hills and Pickford have been arrested. Meanwhile, the governor has proposed more funding to help the Department of Civil Rights handle its backlog of complaints. We also hear from the State Police and Department of Civil Rights. By Sophia Ceru. FOR DETROIT, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

LGBTQ+ SENIORS: Two new Metro Detroit senior centers are focused on older LGBTQ+ residents, filling what advocates say is a need for services they may otherwise not get. We hear from a Ferndale-based nonprofit and the UP Area Agency on Aging. By Alex Walters. FOR DETROIT, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/LGBTQ+ SENIORS PHOTO GABRIDGE: Angela Gabridge is the executive director of MiGen, a Ferndale-based nonprofit focused on elderly LGBTQ+ people. Credit: MiGen.

RURAL AMBULANCES: Rural ambulance services in Michigan face special challenges in providing timely emergency services. More funding could improve response time. We talk to Leelanau County’s Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Health & Human Services. By Elijah Taub. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

w/RURAL AMBULANCES PHOTO LELAND: A Leland Township ambulance. Credit: Leland Township

CLEAN SLATE: Michigan’s Clean Slate initiative has automatically set aside 1,394,000 convictions for around 907,000 ex-offenders, State Police figures show. An upcoming expungement fair is scheduled for Detroit. We talk to the co-founder, from Monroe County, of a nonprofit group, the executive director of Safe & Just Michigan and a criminal justice professor at Northern Michigan University. Includes reference to U-M. By Anish Topiwala. FOR MONROE, DETROIT, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, IRON MOUNTAIN AND ALL POINTS.

w/CLEAN SLATE KINZEL PHOTO: Aaron Kinzel is a lecturer in criminal justice studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the co-founder of the nonprofit Second Chance Battalion. Credit: University of Michigan-Dearborn.

w/CLEAN SLATE HARRINGTON PHOTO: Michael Harrington is an associate professor of criminal justice at Northern Michigan University. Credit: University of Northern Michigan.


FLUORIDE: A California court case may throw into doubt the future of widespread fluoridation of public water systems in Michigan – where Grand Rapids became the nation’s first city to use it – and elsewhere. We hear from a pro-fluoride U-M dental professor, fluoridation opponents in Marquette and Lansing and a national anti-fluoridation group. References include Oxford, Cadillac, Gladwin, Iron Mountain, Three Rivers and Saugatuck By Theo Scheer. FOR WKTV, GREENVILLE, DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, CADILLAC, IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE,  GLADWIN, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

w/FLUORIDE TABLE: Some of the Michigan community systems that don’t fluoridate their water. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – My Water’s Fluoride

w/FLUORIDE PHOTO FONTANA: Margherita Fontana heads the University of Michigan’s Global Initiatives Program in Oral and Craniofacial Health. Credit: University of Michigan

w/FLUORIDE PHOTO GRAND RAPIDS: This statue commemorates the status of Grand Rapids as the first city to fluoridate its drinking water. Credit: Grand Rapids Historical Commission. 

SMART BUOYS: Lake Erie is the first Great Lake getting connected to the internet with a series of offshore “smart” buoys, which provide invaluable data to researchers and anglers. Plans are to extend the technology to other Great Lakes. Michigan TechUniversity and Lake Superior State are part of the collaboration. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR MONROE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, OCEANA COUNTY, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, PLANET DETROIT, IRON MOUNTAIN AND ALL POINTS.

w/SMART BUOYS RETRIEVING BUOY PHOTO: The Smart Lake Erie Watershed Initiative’s buoys are retrieved in the winter and redeployed in the spring to prevent damage to the sensors. Credit: Jeff Pu, Cleveland Water Alliance

w/SMART BUOYS ONE BUOY PHOTO: The Smart Lake Erie Watershed Initiative’s 40 buoys can transmit water condition data from up to 20 miles offshore to receivers on land. Credit: Jeff Pu, Cleveland Water Alliance

TIRES: Michigan may have a sustainable answer, at least in part, to fixing its roads: asphalt made from recycled rubber tires. A partnership among state regulators, Michigan Tech and county road commissions is looking to reduce the piles of used tires. State grants support such efforts. We hear from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, a Muskegon official and a Michigan Tech expert. By Anna Barnes. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.

w/TIRES PAVING PHOTO: The Dickinson County Road Commission paves a road with a rubber-modified asphalt that uses recycled tires. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

w/TIRES SHORELINE PHOTO: A $760,000 state grant was used to recycle and remove tires from 1.5 miles of the Lake Superior shoreline near Ontonagon. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy 


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