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Law enforcement agencies pooling resources to fight Internet child porn, abuse: The recent arrest of a Marquette County man on charges of child pornography and sexually assaulting a minor reflects intensified multiagency investigation of Internet-related sex crimes against children. We talk to the sheriff's’ departments in Marquette, Mackinac and Chippewa counties and the Crimes against Children Research Center.
More funding ahead for jail mental health projects: The Department of Health & Human Services is funding its third jail diversion pilot program for inmates with mental illnesses. Meanwhile, a national Crisis Intervention Team model program is available in some counties, including St. Joseph, Marquette and Kalamazoo. We talk to the state agency, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, Health West in Muskegon and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association.
Tradition, science ally to combat emerald ash borer: Submerging black ash logs in a stream can kill emerald ash borer larvae, according to a new study in which U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service scientists collaborated with basket-makers from the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish (Gun Lake) Band of Pottawatomi Indians based in Allegan County. A key goal is to ensure an adequate supply of black ash, a culturally important resource for tribal basket-making in the Great Lakes region. The Michigan Traditional Arts Program has given Michigan Heritage Awards to tribal basket-makers from Haslett, Harbor Springs, Hopkins, Allegan, Mt. Pleasant, Hubbard Lake, Sault Ste. Marie and Hartford.