FRIDAY, Feb. 5 — A roundup of news from around the state, provided by our partners at Capital News Service. Follow the links for the full stories.
Some Native American tribes in Michigan battle fish farming proposal: A proposal to farm fish in Michigan’s Great Lakes may violate the rights of some Native American tribes in the state, according to representatives from several of Michigan’s five Native American tribes.
Opposition to pipeline spreading across state: Local communities are getting in on the controversy over an aging oil pipeline connecting Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. Even though they have little say in the matter, they are increasingly passing resolutions opposing them.
Bills would penalize teacher sick-outs: Teachers could lose their teaching certificate and have a fine deducted from their annual salaries if they participate in a sickout to stop schools from operating, if bills proposed in the legislature pass.
Bird-safe glass helps birdbrains avoid windows: You hear an unpleasant thud; unsettled and surprised you investigate. The culprit is a bird, dead on arrival. Like a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, birds are crashing into windows at alarming rates. You may say, “Birds crash into windows, who gives a cluck?” Actually, quite a few people do. For example, the Kalamazoo Nature Center built a preschool with windows that are easier for birds to see.
Asian carp would change fish species in Lake Erie: A new study says that Asian carp could decimate walleye and other native species if they invade Lake Erie. Another study is evaluating the economic impact. We speak with researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.