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GUARD: Our group interview with the Michigan National Guard's commanding
officer, Maj. Gen. E. Gordon Stump, produced at least two exclusive
tidbits: Northern Michigan may get the unmanned Predator spy planes
now so prominently used by the CIA in Afghanistan, and the state
guard may not be released from its airport duties as scheduled April
1. Look for Chris Yagelo's main story on those points, along with
a sidebar on the Predator's features and problems. Your correspondents
have been doing so many stories you requested on other topics that
additional pieces out of the Guard interview will mostly move on
next week's file. Stay tuned for them because several will be highly
localized to your communities.
Your regular stories--in addition to the Predator pieces--cover
a wide spread of subjects you requested, including hikes in health
insurance costs, cuts in the Single Business Tax, recalling local
officeholders, and changing school starting hours.
This file features the first of three sets of in-depth news features
you'll get this semester. Among topics of the seven stories are
U.P. unemployment, East Lansing river pollution, pop machines in
schools, adult education, migrant education, Medicaid changes, and
inner-city teachers. .
Articles for week of Friday, February 15, 2002
-- The Michigan National Guard may use the unmanned Predator
spy planes for training and patrol purposes in northern Michigan.
By Chris Yagelo. FOR PETOSKEY, U.P., GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.
-- The Predator spy craft that may be based in northern
Michigan has some startling capabilities, but critics question
whether it's worth the cost and bother. By Chris Yagelo. FOR
PETOSKEY, U.P., GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.
-- Big jumps in health-care insurance costs are making
some small-business owners queasy. By Allison Miriani. FOR HOLLAND
& ALL POINTS.
-- Gov. Engler's proposed new MIFamily Medicaid plan may
cover more people, but critics worry that others will get reduced
services to pay for the changes. By Tracey Glazener. FOR GRAND
RAPIDS, LANSING, U.P. & ALL POINTS.
-- Northern Michigan manufacturers are being reassured
that the next scheduled cut in the Single Business Tax will
go through, state budget crunch or not. By Elizabeth Daneff.
FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC.
-- A House committee is debating whether state law should
be changed to require groups seeking recalls of local officials
to first prove the truth of accusations against the officeholders.
By Audrey Barney. FOR GREENVILLE.
-- Studies show that students may do better in classes
if later school starting times give them extra sleep, but some
school districts aren't convinced the tradeoffs are worth it.
By Catherine Byrne. FOR HILLSDALE, C&G, & ALL POINTS.
-- Officials and residents are concerned that big increases
in E. Coli levels in the Red Cedar River could jeopardize economic
developments for Williamston's Whitewater Rapids project. By
Catherine Byrne. FOR EAST LANSING.
-- Public health officials are appalled at students' increased
consumption of soft drinks, but some school officials say the
revenue they get from pop machines is too big to give up. By
Allison Miriani. FOR ROMEO, LAPEER, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
-- Many Michigan adults are learning that going back to
college classrooms to pick up new skills is paying off. By Audrey
Barney. FOR MONROE & ALL POINTS.
-- Southwest Michigan schools are trying new ways to offer
migrant children some education programs they can use summers.
By Elizabeth Daneff. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND,
-- Gov. Engler's new MIFamily plan to expand Medicaid services
to more families may put too big a financial strain on the whole
system, some advocacy organizations worry. By Tracey Glazener.
FOR LUDINGTON, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
-- A program to inject more teachers into urban school
districts with many at-risk pupils is drawing praise. Some educators
and legislators are concerned, though, that the extra instructors
would only be available for two-year terms. By Maureen O'Hara.
FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
-- U.P. businesses didn't feel the recession quite as soon
as some others areas, but the problems are sinking in now, merchants
and officials report. By Chris Yagelo. FOR U.P.
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