CNS budget, Nov. 20, 2020

11/20/20 CNS Budget — Week 11

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640; poulson@msu.edu. Editors note that next week we will file Wednesday, Nov. 25, to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is your file:

COVID ROADS: Perhaps Michigan’s white-tailed deer population is one of the few winners of the pandemic. As traffic dropped during the COVID-19 shutdown, police reported fewer vehicle collisions with wildlife.

CNS budget, Nov. 13, 2020

11/13/20 CNS Budget — Week 10

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

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COVID CHILD CARE: Advocates hope a pilot program to split child care costs among businesses, government and families in West Michigan will lead to a similar program statewide. Child care challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the creation of a unique coalition of business and child care advocates to test the plan they hope will lead to statewide implementation. By Zholdas Orisbayev FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS

SOO HISTORY: Sault Ste.

CNS budget, Nov. 6, 2020

11/06/20 CNS Budget — Week 9

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640; poulson@msu.edu. Here is your file:

COVID IN SEWAGE:  Michigan is searching the state’s sewers for the virus that causes COVID-19. The $10 million project could serve as an early alarm of spikes in the disease. It represents the first coordinated statewide network of testing labs to detect the virus in wastewater. The results will be shared with local health departments so that they know where to keep an eye out for outbreaks.

CNS budget, Oct. 30, 2020

10/30/20 CNS Budget — Week 8

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640; poulson@msu.edu. Note: Two stories that moved Thursday and two more today are part of a look at county campaign finance reports. The entire series with graphics: County Campaign Finance. Here is your file:

POLITICAL VACUUM: Cigars, a vacuum, a crossbow and $1,200 worth of Red Wings tickets are among the in-kind political contributions Michigan sheriff candidates received in the run up to the 2020 election. A Capital News Service study found that candidates for sheriff in Michigan’s 10 most populated counties received over $69,000 in in-kind campaign contributions.

CNS budget, Oct. 23, 2020

10/23/20 CNS Budget — Week 7

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640; poulson@msu.edu. Here is your file:

PRISONS COVID: Testing for COVID19 and shuffling corrections officers among facilities short-staffed because of the pandemic has added financial challenges to Michigan’s $2 billion prison system. They come just as prison officials struggle to replace a surge of retirements, the legacy of a 1980s prison build-up. We interview the director of the Department of Corrections. By Zholdas Orisbayev.

CNS budget, Oct. 16, 2020

10/16/20 CNS Budget — Week 6

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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REALESTATEBOOM:  Michigan builders are responding to a demand for expensive homes, a market driven in part by people investing in homes rather than travel during the pandemic. At the same time, the state lacks housing for moderate-income buyers, such as the workers who build the high-end homes, experts say. It is especially true in northern Michigan resort areas.  Home prices statewide are up about 10% over last year. But last August  the average selling price for homes in Northwest Michigan’s Emmet County was $428,581, up from $344,120 reported for the same month the previous year.

CNS budget, Oct. 9, 2020

10/09/20 CNS Budget — Week 5

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640; poulson@msu.edu. Here is your file:

ESSENTIAL TUITION: Essential workers during the pandemic crisis could provide community colleges with an enrollment surge in January. That’s when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s offer of free tuition kicks in. That’s good for the students and for the colleges that suffered an enrollment drop of 5% to 10% this fall. We talk to Northwestern Michigan College and community college association officials.  By Zholdas Orisbayev.

CNS budget, Oct. 2, 2020

10/02/20 CNS Budget — Week 4

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

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CENSUS WOES:  Seasonal  properties, vacant houses, the lack of internet, distrust of government and fewer census takers, not to mention the pandemic, are challenges to the 2020 U.S. census, especially in Michigan’s rural northern counties, census experts say. Statewide, about 71% of Michigan households self-reported their numbers online to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s better than the national rate of 62.1%.  But the statewide number obscures low rates of self-response in the low-population rural north, especially Lake, Mackinac, Oscoda, Keweenaw and Alcona counties. By Zholdas Orisbayev FOR BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, BIG RAPIDS, SAULT STE MARIE, ST.

CNS budget, Sept. 25 2020

9/25/20 CNS Budget — Week 3

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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INTERNET BLIND:  As the pandemic forces more students online, the lack of affordable broadband internet could cause lower performance of rural Michigan schoolchildren. A recent MSU study of 15 rural districts found that students without internet access averaged a half-grade lower grade point average and did not perform as well on college entrance tests. Internet advocates are cobbling together a network of public Wi-Fi hotspots that students can access from parking lots to avoid exposure to Covid-19. CNS editors note: The districts and communities the MSU study cited and linked in the story include Brimley Area Schools, Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Mackinac Island Public Schools, Pickford Public Schools, Rudyard Area Schools, Sault Ste.

CNS budget, Sept. 18 2020

9/18/20 CNS Budget — Week 2

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

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For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295; hoeryn@msu.edu. 

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LICENSE SUSPENSION: The threat of losing your driver’s license for offenses unrelated to dangerous driving would be eliminated under a bill pushed by advocates for low-income Michigan residents. Suspensions for such things criminalize poverty and make it hard to get to work, go to grocery stores or visit doctors, they say. We hear from an Adrian lawmaker and the Michigan League for Public Policy. By Zholdas Orisbayev. FOR BLISSFIELD, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.