CNS budget, March 8, 2024

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CNS BUDGET March 8, 2024 – Week 6

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EDITORS: MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME: The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 14, at the Kellogg Center on the MSU campus. This year’s inductees are CNS Director Eric Freedman; the late Detroit News and Free Press restaurant reviewer Molly Abraham; Bridge Michigan publisher John Bebow; WXYZ-TV anchor Carolyn Clifford-Goss; former Gongwer News Service publisher Larry Lee; and WWJ auto reporter Jeff Gilbert. Click here for ticket information or contact Betsy DeSantis at the MSU School of Journalism.

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ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVES: Some lawmakers, including ones from Livonia and Holt, are again pushing legislation to allow pharmacists to sell hormonal contraceptives without a prescription. Advocates say that would expand women’s access to reproductive health care. The Michigan Health & Hospital Association expresses concerns about how the bill is worded. By Sophia Ceru. FOR DETROIT, CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVES PHOTO HOPE: Rep. Kara Hope, a Democrat from Holt, is a sponsor of legislation to ease women’s access to contraceptives. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives.

TOXINS: The state has been stymied in adding new toxic chemicals to the list of those it can regulate in Michigan waters. Lawmakers from West Bloomfield and Northfield Township want to restore that authority to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. We hear from EGLE, the Farm Bureau and the Michigan Environmental Council. By Theo Scheer. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

w/TOXINS PHOTO BAYER: Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-West Bloomfield, is cosponsoring a bill to empower the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to regulate new chemicals in water. Credit: Michigan Senate

PROSECUTOR SHORTAGE: Some counties are facing a shortage of prosecutors, resulting in delayed trials and a backlog of cases. Low salaries are a major factor. Prosecutors from Leelanau, Alcona, Kalkaska and Houghton counties and a national expert who has studied the Michigan situation explain. By Anish Topowala. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, ALCONA, ALPENA, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/PROSECUTOR SHORTAGE PHOTO ZIEGLER: Kalkaska County Prosecutor Ryan Ziegler. Credit: Kalkaska County

w/PROSECUTOR SHORTAGE PHOTO WEICHEL: Alcona County Prosecutor Thomas Weichel. Credit: Alcona County

w/PROSECUTOR SHORTAGE PHOTO HELMER: Houghton County Prosecutor Daniel Helmer. Credit: Houghton County

w/PROSECUTOR SHORTAGE PHOTO CHAMBERLAIN: Leelanau County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tristan Chamberlain. Credit: LinkedIn

BABY DROP BOX: A lawmaker from Erie wants to allow baby drop boxes at fire stations to speed the process of adoption of unwanted newborns who are left there anonymously. Neighboring Ohio and Indiana already have baby drop box laws. Cosponsors include lawmakers from Osseo, Milford, Lake Odessa, Clare and Shelby Township. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association opposes the bill. By Sophia Ceru. FOR MONROE, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, HILLSDALE, DETROIT, CLARE COUNTY, IONIA, GREENVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, COLDWATER AND ALL POINTS.

w/BABY DROP BOXES PHOTO BRUCK: Rep. William Bruck, R-Erie. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

NURSES BURNOUT: Nearly 94% of the state’s registered nurses surveyed report burnout from their jobs, including heavy workloads, long hours and unfavorable working conditions, according to a U-M study. Almost 10% have thought about self-harm. We learn more from a co-author of the study, a Jackson County public health official, the Sparrow Hospital chief nursing officer and an Oakland University nursing program director. By Owen McCarthy. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL AND ALL POINTS.

w/NURSES BURNOUT PHOTO FRIESE: Christopher Friese is with the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Credit: University of Michigan

SNAP DELAYS: USDA has criticized Michigan for delays and errors in handling applications for SNAP food benefits for low-income residents. One result is increased demand on already-stressed food banks. Whitmer and the governors of neighboring Ohio and Indiana have received warning letters from Washington. We talk to the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the National Center for Budget and Policy. By Alex Walters. FOR DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, HILLSDALE, COLDWATER, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MONROE, BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

SEPTIC: Environmental groups are again pushing the Legislature to adopt a statewide sanitary code that would include mandatory inspections of septic systems. Leaking systems can contaminate groundwater, lakes and rivers, causing health problems and deterring water-related recreation. Sponsors include lawmakers from East Grand Rapids, Troy, Detroit, Holt, Walker, St. Joseph and Livonia. We talk to the Michigan Environmental Council, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and a Montmorency County homeowner with a septic tank. By Elijah Taub. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, MONTMORENCY, ALPENA, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, DETROIT, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, FOWLERVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS AND ALL POINTS.


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