Potter Park Zoo paves the path for accessible recreation in Ingham County

Potter Park Zoo, which is managed by Ingham County, has been paving the way for greater accessibility features for establishments and fostering an inclusive environment.

Located right between Downtown Lansing and East Lansing, the zoo has continuously been establishing programs and amenities that benefit anyone with any type of disability to take advantage of in order to experience the zoo at its fullest potential.

Young adults find it hard to avoid sports betting

Since 2019, one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States has been the sports gambling industry. According to the American Gaming Association, $119.8 billion was wagered on sports in 2023 across the United States. When the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, the legalization of sports gambling across the country began. As of 2024, 38 states have legalized sports gambling. Twenty-eight of those states have also legalized online sports gambling. One of those states is Michigan.

Michigan has 43 stores on ATF list for selling the most guns used in crimes

CRIME GUNS: Dozens of Michigan businesses are on a national list of stores that sell the most guns used in crimes, highlighting what gun control advocates say is an unaddressed part of violence prevention. Many are in Metro Detroit and the Grand Rapids and Flint areas, including one in Wyoming. We talk to an ex-ATF agent affiliated with a Crimestoppers group in Genesee County and with two gun control advocacy groups. By Theo Scheer. FOR DETROIT, GREENVILLE, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

Michigan lags in preventing tobacco use but more funds, new laws could change that

TOBACCO MONEY: Michigan isn’t doing well in its anti-tobacco initiatives and spending, the American Lung Association says. The governor wants to boost spending, and some lawmakers want tighter controls over the sale of tobacco products. We talked to Health & Human Services, the Michigan unit of the American Cancer Society and an East Lansing lawmaker. Includes references to anti-tobacco programs by groups in Detroit and Grand Rapids and legislators from Metro Detroit and Flint. By Liz Nass. FOR DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, LANSING CITY PULSE, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

Salaries of the presidents of four private colleges in Michigan.

Pay for private college presidents on the rise, including in Michigan

PRIVATE PRESIDENTS: How well paid are the presidents of Michigan’s largest private colleges and universities with annual budgets of $100 million or more? We look at Hope, Hillsdale, University of Detroit Mercy and the Homer Stryker School of Medicine at Western Michigan University. They made between $1,137,144 and $306,993 in 2021, according to a new analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Story also references Baker College with its five campuses. We talk to a U-D Mercy faculty leader, the Hope student body president and a national expert. By Alex Walters. FOR HOLLAND, HILLSDALE, DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.

Fox, ESPN, Warner Brothers form ‘joint venture’ sports streaming platform

ESPN, Warner Brothers and Fox recently announced plans to consolidate sports streaming into a single platform, set to officially launch in fall of 2024. Plans for this “Joint Venture” are currently vague and in preliminary planning stages, but have major implications for the future of college sports broadcasting, including sports at Michigan State University.

The potential for expanded MSU sports coverage may not only affect college sports fans but also sports broadcast students, one of MSU’s largest undergraduate programs.

Ashley Kern, CEO of SightLine in Hancock

More small businesses embrace artificial intelligence

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SMALL BUSINESS: About one-quarter of small businesses surveyed in the state use AI for tasks such as marketing, data analysis and business operations. MSU and Central Michigan experts point out ethical issues.We hear from a company in Hancock that provides services to Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State, an Ann Arbor company that helps clients reduce food waste and the Small Business Association. For news and business sections. By Theo Scheer. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DETROIT, CADILLAC, CLARE COUNTY, CRAWFORD COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.

Danielle Atkinson is the founding director of the advocacy group Mothering Justice

Supreme Court to rule soon on case about minimum wage for tipped workers

TIPPED WAGES: A looming state Supreme Court decision could reinvigorate efforts to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and equalize it for restaurant and bar employees who receive tips. The issue is whether the Legislature acted unconstitutionally when it used an adopt-and-amend strategy to keep a citizen initiative off the ballot. We hear from Mothering Justice, a Detroit group that favors a higher minimum wage, and Save MI Tips and the Small Business Association of Michigan, which oppose it. For news and business sections. By Owen McCarthy. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.