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Articles for week of Friday, April 2, 2004
Because of state budget cuts last fall, dental expenses for adult
Medicaid recipients are no longer covered, leaving many needy
and homeless people without care in dental emergencies. One woman
in a Lansing shelter was in such severe pain that a church employee
intervened to get her to a clinic. But many others still need
help. By Linda Stephan. FOR LANSING, MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL
Because of state budget cuts last fall, dental expenses for
adult Medicaid recipients are no longer covered, leaving many
needy and homeless people without care in dental emergencies.
The Agency for Aging for St. Joseph and Branch counties says
that’s a problem for the elderly people it serves. By
Linda Stephan. FOR SOUTH BEND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL
--Under a House proposal, anyone who illegally operates a motorized
vehicle on Mackinac Island will face more than a $10 ticket. A
violator would face a fine of $500 and up to 93 days in jail.
Sponsors are lawmakers from Sault Ste. Marie, Monroe and elsewhere
in southeast Michigan. By Eric Freedman. FOR PETOSKEY, LUDINGTON,
CADILLAC, MARQUETTE, MONROE, ALPENA, GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.
--A House bill would give child welfare agencies a stronger
set of eyes to monitor the care of children in potentially abusive
situations. It would give a new, committee-nominated ombudsman
full access to agency information and records. The move was
sparked by the death of a 2-year-old Port Huron Township girl.
Critics say the proposal could violate federal confidentiality
regulations. By Ann-Marie Murphy. For LAPEER, ROMEO, MACOMB,
MICHIGAN CITIZEN, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
-- Four new historic markers are to be unveiled this spring,
bringing the state’s total to more than 1,400. Applicants
for the signs hope they will draw tourists. By Jamie Gumbrecht.
FOR ALL POINTS.
-- Holland, Tustin and Muskegon are the sites for three historic
markers to be unveiled this spring, bringing the state’s
total to more than 1,400. By Jamie Gumbrecht. FOR HOLLAND, CADILLAC,
LUDINGTON & MANISTEE.
-- A Berrien County inn is the site of an historic marker to
be unveiled this spring, bringing the state’s total to
more than 1,400. By Jamie Gumbrecht. FOR SOUTH BEND, THREE RIVERS
-- Some lawmakers want to replace or supplement newspapers as
the traditional place for publication of public notices by allowing
school district and township notices to be posted on the Internet.
The Michigan Press Association opposes a total switch, but has
agreed to a compromise that would allow for both. By Ann-Marie
Murphy. FOR MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY, LANSING
& ALL POINTS.
-- Legislators want to punish sleepy drivers who cause fatal
accidents. The proposal calls for two years in jail and a $2,000
fine if the driver hasn’t slept in 24 hours before the
accident. Sponsors come from Warren, St. Charles and Kalamazoo.
By Kevin Hardy. FOR C&G, MIDLAND, MACOMB, SOUTH BEND, STURGIS,
THREE RIVERS, LANSING & ALL POINTS.
--A district judge serving Mecosta and Osceola counties will finally
get some help handling cases if Gov. Granholm signs a bill approved
by the Legislature to create a second judgeship. By Stephanie
Korneffel. FOR CADILLAC & ALL POINTS.
--Police are taking steps to make sure children of adults arrested
in meth lab busts get adequate care and treatment for their exposure
to meth production byproducts. An undercover Cadillac police officer
and State Police drug team members in southwest Michigan talk
about the problem. By Gitte Laasby. FOR CADILLAC, SOUTH BEND,
HOLLAND, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS & ALL POINTS.
--A new law allows credit unions to expand and offer some services
formerly limited to banks, effective June 1. But they will also
face some new controls. By Arjun Kashyap. FOR MANISTEE, MICHIGAN
CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS, TRAVERSE CITY, MACOMB, PETOSKEY, LANSING
& ALL POINTS.
--A new bill would create a regional board to govern water rates
in Southeast Michigan. It’s similar to one vetoed last year
by Gov. Granholm. By Mike Weber. FOR ROMEO, MACOMB, C&G, MICHIGAN
CITIZEN, LAPEER. MONROE & ALL POINTS.