CNS budget, April 12, 2024

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CNS BUDGET April 12, 2024 – Week 11

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LAST REGULAR FILE AHEAD: Next Friday, April 19, is our final regular file of the semester. The following Friday, April 26, is our traditional end-of-semester Bonus Week file.

Here’s your file:

ROAD RAGE: Only 0.03% of car crash fatalities in the state are caused by road rage or aggressive driving, making Michigan the fourth-safest state for road rage deaths. However, experts warn that anger still plagues Michigan’s roads. Recent incidents include crashes in Ottawa County, Traverse City and Rockford. Includes references to Hillsdale, Lenawee, Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties. We hear from the State Police and the founder of a Detroit-based road safety group. By Theo Scheer. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, GREENVILLE, WKTV, DETROIT, HOLLAND, HILLSDALE, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD AND ALL POINTS.

PRIME PROGRAM: The Michigan Manufacturers Association plans to expand its PRIME program that teaches high schoolers skills and technologies that are badly needed by the manufacturing sector. We talk to the association and a Grand Haven High School teacher. Among other participating high schools are ones in Alpena, Hancock, Rudyard, Pontiac. Cheboygan, Grand Rapids, Three Rivers and Bay City, with Traverse City slated to join later this year. By Sophia Ceru. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, HOLLAND, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MIDLAND, DETROIT, THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS. 

w/PRIME PROGRAM PHOTO STUDENT: A student in the PRIME program at Grand Haven High School. Cedit: Courtesy photo.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Enrollment of international students at Michigan’s public universities is rising after a pandemic-related decline, bolstering the state’s economy and diversifying perspectives on campuses. We hear about Ferris State, Oakland and U-M. By Anish Topiwala. FOR BIG RAPIDS, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, MIDLAND, CORP, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

w/INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PHOTO MAHARJAN: Prasanna Maharjan is a Bepalese student at Ferris State University. Credit: Courtesy photo

w/INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PHOTO SALTINI: Pedro Saltini of Brazil is studying at Ferris State University. Credit: Courtesy photo

w/INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PHOTO BRAUN: Tara Braun is the executive director of international education at Ferris State University. Credit: Ferris State University.

w/INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PHOTO MAX: Rosemary Max is the executive director of Oakland University’s Office of Global Engagement. Credit: Oakland University.

w/INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PHOTO OAKLAND: The fall 2023 orientation for international students at Oakland University. Credit: Oakland University

IMPLICIT MATERNAL BIAS: New Senate legislation may allow Michigan to join 41 other states in licensing and reimbursing birth centers for their services. The proposal comes as a Detroit organization plans to open a Black-led birth center later this year. Sponsors are from Detroit, Lansing, Taylor and Redford Township. We hear from BirthDetroit, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. By Sophia Ceru. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/IMPLICIT MATERNAL BIAS PHOTO WHITE: Nicole White is the policy director BirthDetroit. Credit: BirthDetroit

ASYLUM SEEKERS: The Whitmer administration wants $8 million to fund nonprofit legal services that could be lifesaving for immigrants seeking asylum. Wayne State’s Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic and Freedom House in Detroit explain why the money is necessary. By Elijah Taub. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/ASYLUM SEEKER PHOTO BALGAMWALLA: Sabrina Balgamwalla is the director of the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic at Wayne State University. Credit: Wayne State University

SALINITY: Rising salt levels in some Michigan groundwater is killing crops and tainting drinking water. The problem is especially severe in Ottawa County, which is closely monitoring the situation, and also of concern in Southwest Michigan and the Thumb. We talk to a Grand Valley State University researcher, Ottawa County’s director of strategic impact and a Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy expert. By Alex Walters. FOR HOLLAND, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS.

w/SALINITY PHOTO STEINMAN: Professor Alan Steinman is a water researcher at Grand Valley State University. Credit: Grand Valley State University.

w/SALINITY PHOTO SACHS: Paul Sachs is the Ottawa County director of strategic impact. Credit: Ottawa County.

COLLEGE LOANS: Five Michigan colleges have taken advantage of a USDA loan program for rural and agricultural areas to finance new buildings and facilities. Alma College’s president says the $39.4 million it borrowed has paid off in rising enrollment. Others are Adrian University of Olivet, Glen Oaks Community College and Bay Mills Community College. The Michigan Association of Independent Colleges and Universities says the benefits are visible on participating campuses. Some rural borrowers nationally haven’t seen the expected benefits, however. By Elijah Taub. FOR ADRIAN, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS AND ALL POINTS.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY PROFILE: When you ask residents of the UP’s Schoolcraft County to talk about their home, they usually first mention the scenic environment and how close they are to Lake Michigan. But the rural qualities they value present difficulties for the community that other, larger counties, something that affects the area’s concerns, solutions and political landscape. By Jack Armstrong, Wajeeha Kamal, Maya Moore and Sheatlyn Paulis. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

w/SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY PROFILE PHOTO LIGHTHOUSE: Manistique East Breakwater Light is on the National Register of Historic Places. Credit: Schoolcraft Tourism & Commerce

w/SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY PROFILE TRAIL: The 26-mile Pine Marten Run Trail is in the Hiawatha National Forest’s Ironjaw Semi-Primitive Area. Credit. Schoolcraft Tourism & Commerce

RESILIENCE: A new memoir by the former director of Michigan’s Sierra Club chapter is the story of a half-century of environmental activism that included bringing a live cormorant with a deformed beak from the U.P. to a congressional hearing as proof of the effects of toxic air pollution. Jane Elder also played an important role in creation of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores. By Reese Carlson. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, ALPENA, ALCONA, MONROE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, LEELANAU, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

w/RESILIENCE COVER: Credit: Michigan State University Press

w/RESILIENCE PHOTO WILDERNESS: Jane Elder visits the Sylvania Wilderness in the Ottawa National Forest near the Michigan-Wisconsin border in the Upper Peninsula. Courtesy photo

BIRD NAMES: Michigan’s endangered Kirtland’s warbler is about to be de-Kirtlandized as the American Ornithological Society moves to remove the names of people, some with racist connections, from the names of 70 birds, 21 of them in Michigan, including the Cooper’s hawk, Wilson’s snipe, Bonaparte’s gull and Harris’s sparrow. Bird lovers disagree on that action. By Clara Lincolnhol. FOR CADILLAC, MIDLAND, CLARE, BIG RAPIDS, GLADWIN, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.

w/BIRD NAMES PHOTO WARBLER: The Kirtland’s warbler is one of the rarest songbirds in North America, living only in Michigan and parts of Wisconsin and Ontario during breeding season. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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