Lance Cohen is a correspondent for Capital News Service for fall 2018. He primary serves Cheboygan Daily Tribune, Lake County Star, Sturgis Journal, Three Rivers Commercial-News, Blissfield Advance, Montmorency County Tribune and Big Rapids Pioneer.
Certain child-proof medicine containers could become adult-proof, too, under legislation sought by a state lawmaker and gaining local support. The idea is to limit access to opioid medicine bottles with a lock requiring a code to open. Experts say a leading contributor to opioid addiction is the theft of small amounts of pills from someone who has a prescription for a legitimate use of the medication. By Lance Cohen.
While state officials propose funding increases for the K-12 education budget, the impact is blunted by two large drains on the fund–pensions and higher education. Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a diversion of the funds into higher education while current and legacy pension costs increase every year, school officials say.
Local school districts in October can administer an additional set of student tests to assess student performance beyond the annual M-STEP exams. Officials say the new tests can help measure growth through the year, rather than simply getting the results after it’s too late.
On Nov. 11, the Lansing Immigrant Defense group hosted a Rapid Response Training at the Foster Community Center to discuss actions to support immigrants and their families in the event of a deportation. The training discussed direct action tactics, risk and safety assessment and an overview of how rapid response fits into the larger picture of immigrant support in Lansing. In Lansing, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made no deportations. However, group members said they believe that ICE will begin to amp up their actions in the Lansing community over the next few months.
On Nov. 5, people from the Greater Lansing community attended the Refugee Appreciation Day event hosted by the Refugee Development Center (RDC) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing. A reception was held to honor refugee stories from the Center and an art show was presented by the Niagara Foundation’s youth. High school students from the area participated in the art show creating displays based on the theme “Compassion in Action.”
These displays shared the many ways that people can cultivate compassion into their daily lives and the lives of others. Mariah Shafer currently works as the senior school liaison with the Refugee Development Center and volunteers in organization since 2007.
Voters in the Lansing area are using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share their excitement to vote in this year’s local election. Some people shared their “I Voted” sticker while others posted motivating messages attempting to get others to head to the polls. https://storify.com/lancecohen320/lansing-voters-use-social-media-to-express-voting–5a01db7b718daf7b1b58b589
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