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TOURISM -- Your correspondents will
interview officials of Travel Michigan, the state's tourism promotion
and development agency, on Monday. With war under way in Iraq, expectations
are that more people will opt to vacation close to home, which may
be good news for Michigan's hospitality and tourism businesses.
Articles for week of Friday, March 21, 2003
-- State park fees may be increased in 2004 to help offset budget
cutbacks, but officials at northern Michigan parks don't anticipate
a decline in the number of visitors and campers. By Kristin
Dykema. FOR PETOSKEY.
-- Law enforcement and corrections departments in Michigan
are having to fill vacancies as many of their employees who
serve in military reserve and National Guard units are called
to active duty. By Jeremy Steele. FOR CADILLAC, LANSING & ALL
-- Senators propose doubling the number of agricultural renaissance
zones in the state, with tax breaks to encourage farming ventures.
By Sarah McEvilly. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, STURGIS,
HILLSDALE, THREE RIVERS, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, UPPER PENINSULA,
SOUTH BEND, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS, GREENVILLE & ALL POINTS.
-- Several years of receding levels
and another relatively dry winter mean even lower water levels
for the Great Lakes this year. Shipping, recreation, commercial
fishing and the environment will all be affected. By Corbin
Sullivan. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MONROE, UPPER PENINSULA,
TRAVERSE CITY & ALL POINTS.
-- There's plenty of uncertainty over what will happen to the
levels of the Great Lakes in coming years. By Corbin Sullivan.
FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MONROE, UPPER PENINSULA, TRAVERSE
CITY & ALL POINTS.
-- The war and state budget cutbacks have forced the Michigan
National Guard to look for new sources of funding. By Luke Pickelman.
FOR MANISTEE, GRAYLING, MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
-- It's still tough for people with hearing problems
to get information at Detroit's new Northwest terminal. By
Maureen Walton. FOR C&G, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, MIDLAND,
MACOMB & ALL POINTS.
-- Michigan health officials say the return of soldiers to the
Middle East may mean re-emergence of mysterious disease known
as Gulf War Veterans Illness. By Antonio Planas. FOR GRAND RAPIDS,
LANSING, GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.
-- Budget cuts put the future of the National Guard's Youth
Challenge Academy for dropouts at risk. By Frank Kaminski. FOR
STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, SOUTH BEND, HILLSDALE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN,
LANSING & ALL POINTS.
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