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CNS BUDGET March 29, 2024 – Week 9

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FARM INJURIES: A new study provides more details on farm accidents in Michigan, information that may help avert future on-the-job industries. An MSU researcher, a Montcalm County farmer and the Michigan Farm Bureau discuss. By Theo Scheer. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GREENVILLE, IONIA, WKTV, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, CADILLAC, CLARE COUNTY, OCEANA COUNTY, HOLLAND, ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, MONROE, TRAVERSE CITY, CRAWFORD COUNTY, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GLADWIN COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/FARM INJURIES PHOTO MORANO: Laurel Morano researches farming-related accidents at Michigan State University: Credit: Michigan State University

PRISON VISITS: A Corrections Department policy that cancels visitation rights for disciplinary violations such as substance abuse and inappropriate touching can be overly harsh and punishes inmates’ families as well as the inmates, critics say. A report says 1,312 prisoners received visit restrictions in 2023. We talk to a mother from Oakland County, the Corrections Department, a former prisoner and Citizens for Prison Reform. By Owen McCarthy. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, IONIA, GREENVILLE, COLDWATER, FOWLERVILLE,, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.

PARENTAL RIGHTS: Members of the conservative “parental rights” movement have their eye on the November election for two seats on the state Board of Education and local school boards. References to Moms for Liberty chapters in Midland and Walled Lake. We hear from a White Lake senator who supports the movement, the Michigan Association of School Boards and Michigan Education Association. By Owen McCarthy. FOR DETROIT, MIDLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/PARENTAL RIGHTS PHOTO RUNESTAD: Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. Credit: Michigan Senate

MASONIC TEMPLES: Lansing officials are considering a proposal to convert the historic but vacant Masonic Building into a new city hall. Other former buildings used by the Masons have already been repurposed, such as those in Detroit (concert hall), Big Rapids (bar) and Traverse City (boutique hotel). By Theo Scheer. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, WKTV, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DETROIT, GREENVILLE, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

w/MASONIC TEMPLES PHOTO LANSING EXTERIOR: The vacant Masonic Temple in downtown Lansing is under consideration for renovation as a new city hall. Credit: Theo Scheer

w/MASONIC TEMPLES PHOTO LANSING STAIRS: Geen stairs inside Lansing’s vacant Masonic Temple. Credit: Theo Scheer 

w/MASONIC TEMPLES PHOTO DETROIT: Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Temple Street is now a concert and events venue. Credit: Visit Detroit

TOBACCO LEGISLATION: Pending legislation would toughen restrictions on flavored tobacco products and vapes, including allowing counties to adopt restrictions that are tougher than the state’s. We talk to a sponsor from Northville Township and the Michigan Municipal League. By Sophia Ceru. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/TOBACCO LEGISLATION PHOTO SHINK: Sen. Sue Shink is a Northville Township Democrat. Credit: Michigan Senate

TRIBAL LIAISON OFFICE: A new proposal would create an Office of the Tribal Legislative Liaison to improve communication between the House and Senate and Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes. We talk to the president of the United Tribes of Michigan, who is a citizen of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, Department of Health and Human Services and sponsors from Ann Arbor and Clare. References to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Other sponsors include lawmakers from Marquette, Lansing, Traverse City and St. Joseph. By Liz Nass. FOR CLARE, BAY MILLS, MIDLAND, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE, MARIE, ST. IGNACE, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/TRIBAL LIAISON OFFICE PHOTO STUCK: Jamie Stuck is the president of the United Tribes of Michigan and tribal chair of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi. 

w/TRIBAL LIAISON OFFICE PHOTO RHEINGANS: Rep. Carrie Rheingans, D-Ann Arbor, introduced the bill to establish an Office of the Tribal Legislative Liaison. Carrie Rheingans, D-Ann Arbor Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

w/TRIBAL LIAISON OFFICE PHOTO KUNSE: Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

VETERANS SUPPORT: Twenty-eight veterans courts across the state are helping military veterans struggling with drug and alcohol-related legal problems. Another state program helps incarcerated veterans find jobs and services as they transition to outside society. We talk to an East Lansing judge, the state Labor and Economic Opportunity Department and lawyers from Norton Shores and Grand Rapids who represent veterans. By Anish Topowala. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, WKTV, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/VETERANS SUPPORT PHOTO GREENWALT: East Lansing District Judge Molly Grennwalt works with a veterans court in Ingham County. Credit: Michigan Supreme Court

w/VETERANS SUPPORT PHOTO CURTIS: Norton Shores lawyer Marc Curtis, is a veteran who represents other veterans. Credit: LinkedIn.

CORN VOTE: Corn growers have again rejected a bid to double their per-bushel assessment to support commodity-related research, promotion and lobbying. Lenawee, Saginaw and Sanilac are the biggest corn-growing counties. Allegan and Hillsdale are among the top 10. We talk to the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and farmers from Greenville and Sherwood. By Alex Walters. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, COLDWATER, HOLLAND, HILLSDALE, GREENVILLE, IONIA, MONROE AND ALL POINTS.

w/CORN VOTE TABLE: The 10 largest corn-growing counties. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RELIGIOUS CLOTHING: New legislation would prohibit colleges and universities from discriminating against students based on their religious clothing and other items they wear, such as hijabs, yarmulkes, Stars of David and crosses. It would also protect Indigenous students who wear culturally significant clothing and objects. We talk to the sponsor, from Farmington Hill, and a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Cosponsors include lawmakers from Marquette, Detroit, East Grand River and Livonia. By Elijah Taub. FOR DETROIT, MARQUETTE, GREENVILLE, WKTV, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS

w/RELIGIOUS CLOTHING PHOTO STREKLOFF: Rep. Samantha Strekloff, D-Farmington Hills. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

LIVINGSTON COUNTY PROFILE: Political differences are deeper than they appear in GOP-leaning Livingston County, especially as the demographics of its residents change. We hear a variety of views on the liberal-conservative spectrum. By Ruth Thornton and Victor Woodell. FOR FOWLERVILLE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/LIVINGSTON COUNTY PROFILE PHOTO STATUE: A bronze statue of WWII veteran and professional photographer Duane Zemper wears a winter hat and scarf outside the Howell Carnegie District Library. Credit: Ruth Thornton

w/LIVINGSTON COUNTY PROFILE PHOTO DOWNTOWN: Downtown Howell. Credit: Ruth Thornton

w/LIVINGSTON COUNTY PROFILE PHOTO LAKE: Housing division on East Crooked Lake near Brighton. Credit: Ruth Thornton


DINGELL: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, discusses priority environmental issues facing Congress this election year, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, clean-up of contaminated waterways such as the St. Clair River and electric vehicles. Energy Secretary (ex-Gov.) Granholm was recently in Michigan promoting training standards for battery industry workers. Includes references to the St. Clair River, Deer Lake, Manistique River, Lower Menominee River, St. Marys River, Clinton River, Detroit River, Kalamazoo River, Muskegon Lake, Saginaw Bay, Torch Lake, White Lake, Rouge River and River Raisin. By Eric Freedman. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MIDLAND, MONROE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS. 

w/DINGELL PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell is a Democrat from Ann Arbor. Credit: U.S. House of Representatives

LOW ICE: Unusually low winter ice levels on the Great Lakes don’t bode well for the spring and summer weather, meteorology experts say. Stormy skies ahead. By Clara Linconhol. FOR MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ALPENA, ALCONA, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, MONROE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/LOW ICE PHOTO TORNADO: This is a Feb. 27 tornado in Marshall. Credit: National Weather Service


DESECRATED CEDARS: Less than 2 miles past the Mackinac Bridge are dozens of cedars stripped of bark and left to die in the Hiawatha National Forest. An elder of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians explains the cultural significance to the Anishinaabe of cedar, or giizhik, which also has important wetlands benefits.The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has written in protection for cedars in its tribal code. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.

w/DESECRATED CEDARS PHOTO GROVES: Groves of bark-stripped cedars have been discovered in the St. Ignace district of the Hiawatha National Forest. Those responsible could be charged with a felony and spend up to a year in jail, according to state law. Credit: Robin Clark

w/DESECRATED CEDARS PHOTO BARK: Harvesting one hand-width strip of bark from an old-growth cedar won’t kill it, said Robin Clark, the Natural Resources Director at the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a member of the state Natural Resources Commission. Credit: Robin Clark


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