March 14, 2008�Week XXX by h1519w

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									Oct. 24, 2008—Week 8


To: CNS Editors
From: Eric Freedman & Vic Rauch


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IN-DEPTHS AHEAD: Next week will provide our second group of in-depth stories.


JOUNALISM HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS: Nominations are open for the
Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. Nominees,
whether alive or not, can come from any medium. The annual induction ceremony is
scheduled for April 18. For details and nomination instructions, see the Hall of Fame
Web site at http://hof.jrn.msu.edu.


HERE’S YOUR FILE:


UNEMPLOYMENTFEARS. With anxiety over a potential GM-Chrysler merger,
officials of retraining programs are bracing for an influx of unemployed job seekers,
many from Chrysler’s Auburn Hills offices. We hear from the director of Macomb and
St. Clair Michigan Works!, the Department of Labor and Economic Growth and from an
Oakland University counselor who runs a “Men in Transition” therapy group that helps
displaced workers deal with the grief associated with job loss. By John Hudson. FOR
MACOMB, ROMEO, OAKLAND, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL
POINTS.


UNIVERSITYCENTER: Michigan’s only county-operated multiple-college center
brings programs from eight public and private institutions to the northern Lower
Peninsula, making it easier for students from the area to earn their degrees. University
Center at Gaylord. Participants include North Central Michigan College, Central,
Kirtland Community College, Madonna and MSU. By Courtney Bowerman. FOR
CLARE, GLADWIN, GRAYLING, ALPENA, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, LANSING,
UP NORTH & ALL POINTS.


TRAILDEVELOPMENT: The North Central State Trail between Gaylord and Mackinaw
City has been named one of the country’s top five autumn destinations for trail fans. A
Petoskey group is focusing on 259 miles of trails across the northern Lower Peninsula.
Lansing has expanded its River Trail. And an MDOT-funded project calls for nearly 400
miles of trails in Detroit. They’re all part of a growing trails movement for bicyclists,
hikers, commuters and other users of non-motorized transportation. We also talk about a
trail system around Traverse City and a trail linking Gaylord and Petoskey. By Brittany
Kinstle. FOR PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, UP NORTH, SPORTSMEN,
TRAVERSE CITY, LANSING, GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.


WOODSTOVES: A rebate program sponsored by the Department of Environmental
Quality, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, EPA and a trade association has helped
500 homeowners replace inefficient old wood stoves with new ones that reduce harmful
emissions. Demand for word stoves is up this year and expected to climb. We also
interview a Lapeer stove salesperson and the Gaylord-based president of a regional
industry group. By Diane Ivey. FOR LAPEER, GRAYLING, CLARE, CADILLAC,
GLADWIN, ALPENA, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY & ALL
POINTS.


EMERGENCYSERVICES: A DeWitt lawmaker wants to make screening tougher for
prospective EMTs and would make it illegal for hospitals, nursing homes and other
health care facilities to hire EMTs with a felony record. The head of the state Office of
Fire Fighter Safety says the Legislature shouldn’t abolish the fee for fingerprinting and
background checks without finding another source for the money. We also interview the
admissions director of Baker College’s Cadillac campus and the executive director of
Marquette-based EPEMS. By Ryan Secord. FOR MARQUETTE, LANSING,
CADILLAC, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
REVENUESHARING: With state aid to local governments dropping, cities and
townships are forced to adjust by eliminating programs and leaving jobs vacant. Grand
Rapids is leaving jobs empty. Cadillac’s state revenue sharing is down to $1 million from
a high of $1.3 million and putting road projects on hold. Counties have been buffered
from the revenue sharing hit because they set aside a portion of their annual property
taxes, but they, too, are returning to the revenue sharing program. St. Joseph, Tuscola,
Ionia and Montcalm are among the first. Leelanau County will be the last—in 2024. By
Nico Rubello. FOR CADILLAC, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, STURGIS, THREE
RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, LAPEER, GREENVILLE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY
& ALL POINTS.


STUDENTSAID: The nation’s spiraling financial crisis is having a significant negative
effect on thousands of Michigan college students. Those who rely on private lenders, for
example, are finding it hard to qualify for loans. A number of colleges report their
incoming classes this fall were smaller than expected, due in part to family financial
problems. We interview a Michigan State student from Flat Rock and financial aid
officers at Central Michigan and Ferris State. By Alison Costello. FOR MONROE,
LANSING, CLARE, CADILLAC, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.


PROPTWO: The rival ad campaigns over Proposal 2, which would allow embryonic
stem cell research, is getting increasingly nasty and bitter. We hear both sides of this
heated story, including a MSU advertising professor. By Charles Roltsch. FOR
LANSING, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.


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