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Friday, September 6,2013

This week from Capital News Service

by CNS correspondents
The pre-Civil War house where Ulysses S. Grant lived when stationed in Detroit. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Historical Commission.

Friday, Sept. 6 — Each week, City Pulse will run a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. While reports cover the entire state, some will be focused on the greater Lansing region.


In this week’s edition


  • Efforts are underway to relocate and save the pre-Civil War house where Ulysses Grant lived when stationed in Detroit. It could be used to tell the public about Grant’s activities as a Reconstruction-era president and of Detroit’s importance as a destination and transit point for escaping slaves. He and Gerald Ford are the only presidents who lived in Michigan. By Eric Freedman.
  • Entrepreneurship is cool again in Detroit, where academic programs, start-ups and student-generated enterprises are expanding despite the city’s dire financial situation. We talk to experts at Wayne State University, University of Michigan, the Small Business Association of Michigan and the co-founder of a young media production company. By Lacee Shepard.
  • A new federal grant will help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Audubon Society, Gaylord-based Huron Pines preserve habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler in Northeast Michigan. The project includes planting 2 million jack pines. We also talk to a U.S. Forest Service expert in Cadillac. By Matthew Hall.
  • Why are Michigan drivers putting fewer miles on their cars? Give a chunk of credit to Millennials who are increasingly turning to bicycles, walking, carpools and public transportation. We hear from experts at Wayne State, bike-share and ride-share groups, a Detroit bike shop and Transportation Riders United. By Becky McKendry.
  • The new policy director at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce says her lobbying focus will be on education and tax policy legislation. The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce also lobbies in Lansing. By Stephen Ingber.
  • The state has completed a $6 million deal for 3,800-plus acres of forests and sand dunes along Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. Money came from federal government and a Nebraska-based foundation established by a Kalamazoo native. We talk to the DNR and the Little Traverse Conservancy. By Eric Freedman.
  • A new webcam on a Lake Michigan buoy between Holland and Grand Haven can help forecasters and anglers get a better sense of weather and water. An Ann Arbor engineering firm maintains it and a second buoy cam on Lake Erie southeast of Monroe. It has applied for a federal grant for a third buoy off St. Joseph. By Celeste Bott.


All articles '2013, Capital News Service, Michigan State University School of Journalism. Nonmembers cannot reproduce CNS articles without written permission.

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