CSI Great Lakes: genetic material helps researchers find invaders

eDNA: Environmental DNA is playing an increasingly important — but sometimes controversial — role in monitoring invasive species in the Great Lakes. Experts from the DNR and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explain. By Yue Jiang. FOR ALCONA, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MAQUETTE, BAY MILLS, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

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Biden wins Michigan primary; state’s new voting laws get test

Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win today’s Michigan Democratic primary as the state tried out its new voting rules. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign got a lift in the 2016 Michigan primary, found 2020 to be deflating.

East Lansing, including MSU students who were registered on campus, also faced questions about renewing property taxes that support the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Ingham County parks and trails, Potter Park Zoo, special education services and county health care services.

Officials say “zombie” deer are not affecting Greater Lansing Food Bank

Meridian Township officials and food bank directors said deer infected by chronic wasting disease is not being donated to food banks as venison. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the chronic wasting disease is a contagious, neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose. It causes a degeneration of the brain resulting in exceptionally thin, abnormal behaviour, loss of bodily functions and death. There is a popular name for the infected animals: zombie deer. 

Meridian Township is in a management zone where there is a chance the deer still have the disease because it was found there before. Kelsey Dillon, Park Naturalist and Stewardship Coordinator in Meridian Township’s Parks and Recreation Department, said part of venison donations to food banks comes from hunters who are members of the Meridian Township Deer Management Program.

MSU event addresses police brutality in US and Brazil

Professor Christen Smith came to Michigan State University on Oct.3 to present a lecture on anti-Black state violence and the global issue surrounding this topic in Brazil and the Americas. The lecture was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Year of Global Africa and James Madison College. Christen Smith is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, an author and an advocate for anti-Black state violence. The talk was called The Sequelae of Black Life: A Transnational Reflection on Violence, Gender, Space and Time. Smith’s lecture was told in three series of vignettes, a method of lecturing called dialectical montage.