CNS budget, April 5, 2024

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CNS BUDGET April 5, 2024 – Week 10

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CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE CASE STUDY: Here’s a link to a feature about CNS from the Center for Community News at the University of Vermont. It is part of the center’s national initiative about student-staffed statehouse news services and the crucial role they are playing in providing public affairs news coverage in a growing number of states.

MICHIGAN JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME REMINDER: The induction ceremony takes place on Sunday, April 14, at the Kellogg Center on the MSU campus. Click here for ticket information or contact Betsy DeSantis at the MSU School of Journalism.

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POSTPARTUM: There’s a push to extend Medicaid coverage for undocumented immigrants from two months to 12 months after giving birth. The change in policy for the Maternity Outpatient Medical Services program would cost $6 to $10 million a year, says the Michigan League for Public Policy. The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, with offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Detroit, and an NYU expert explain. By Theo Scheer. FOR DETROIT, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

IMMIGRANT LICENSES: Legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and state ID cards has been stalled in committees for a year. Sponsors include lawmakers from Hamtramck and Taylor. Advocates like the Michigan League for Public Policy and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, which has offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Detroit, say that would be a benefit to Michigan’s economy. The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police opposes the proposal on the grounds of public safety. By Owen McCarthy. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

w/IMMIGRANT LICENSES PHOTO REED: Attorney Susan Reed is the director of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Credit: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, 

K-12 MENTAL HEALTH: Michigan school districts face a shortage of social workers and other mental health professionals, and small rural districts have an even tougher time recruiting and retaining them. The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency talks about the impact in that region. We also hear from the Michigan Association of School Boards, state Education Department, Michigan Association of School Social Workers and Michigan League for Public Policy. By Anish Topawila. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, BIG RAPIDS, CLARE, GLADWIN, CHEBOYGAN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS.

DEEPFAKES: A Vassar lawmaker wants to crack down on deepfakes, which are photos or videos with digitally altered faces or bodies to appear to be someone else, usually used maliciously or to spread false information. The legislation raises First Amendment free speech questions. Cosponsors include representatives from Metro Detroit. An expert at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School discusses. By Sophia Ceru. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS. 

w/DEEPFAKES PHOTO BIERLEIN: Rep. Matthew Bierlein R-Vassar. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives

NEWCOMERS: State grants will help nonprofits serve immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers integrate into their communities. The money comes from the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and the federal government. Farmworker Legal Services in Grand Rapids will use its grant to expand its education and oversight activities to the Upper Peninsula. Les Clays, also based in Grand Rapids, will provide “second step” support for immigrants coming from Africa to West Michigan. Other grants recipients include support for Burmese immigrants in Calhoun County and, Islamic Americans in Detroit, partnerships between Catholic churches and local immigrants in Northern Michigan, and Latin American immigrants in Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, and Van Buren counties. By Alex Walters. FOR MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, WKTV, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

INGHAM COUNTY PROFILE: Ingham County leans heavily Democratic and supported Biden over Trump 65% to 33% in 2020. But it’s also a mix of rural, urban and college communities, cutting through a unique cross-section of voters in a state expected to play a pivotal role in this year’s elections. By Viet Anh Phan, Donte Smith, Jada Vasser and Campbell Berg. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/INGHAM COUNTY PROFILE PHOTO PEDESTRIANS: Pedestrians walk along a street in downtown East Lansing. The area boasts many restaurants and is intersected by bus lines serving Michigan State University and Lansing’s capital area. Credit: Donte Smith

w/INGHAM COUNTY PROFILE PHOTO JONES: Former Sen. Rick Jones talks about the upcoming election and issues he sees as important to Ingham County voters. Credit: Donte Smith.

TOXICS IN FISH: Every fish studied in the Rouge River and Huron River watersheds contained at least one of a family of toxic and persistent health-threatening chemicals, say researchers at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor and Indiana University. We also talk to experts at MSU and the EPA. By Ruth Thornton. FOR PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT, MONROE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS. 

w/TOXICS IN FISH PHOTO HURON RIVER: The Huron River at Kent Lake in Oakland County. The river is under a state Do Not Eat Advisory for all fish species. Credit: Ruth Thornton

w/TOXICS IN FISH PHOTO MURPHY: Cheryl Murphy is the director of the Center for PFAS Research at Michigan State University. Credit: Michigan State University

w/TOXICS IN FISH PHOTO ANKELY: Gary Ankley is a toxicologist at the Environmental Protection Agency. Credit: EPA. 


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