FRIDAY, Oct. 14 — A roundup of news from around the state, provided by our partners at Capital News Service. Follow the links for the full stories.
County government upheaval likely: More than 130 county commissioner seats statewide will be filled by people new to their jobs -- a 21 percent turnover rate. And that’s just because of the August primary. In the November general election, 145 more seats remain in contention. If all of them get new commissioners, that would be a stunning turnover of 44 percent. That means there will be a lot of new local officials struggling to figure out how to quickly govern.
Why did the deer cross the road?: Thanks to warmer winters, car/deer crashes are once more on the rise. A healthy deer population means that there are more of them around to hit, according to deer experts.
Super gonorrhea: bad bugs, no drugs: Michigan health officials are bracing for a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to medicines now used to treat it.
Drug epidemic leaves more Michigan children with uncertain future: The increasing use of prescription opiates, heroin and other drugs by adults is causing a statewide epidemic that increasingly is harming children. Drug overdose was the number one cause of injury-related deaths for adults in 2014, when the total number of overdose deaths in the state jumped to 1,745, about a 12 percent increase over the previous year. Experts say this five-year upward trend is increasingly uprooting the lives of children.
State may ask to change school tests again: State officials are proposing changes to Michigan’s standardized testing that reduce the number of times students would have to take the tests. The state School Board is considering.
Wild rice, once common, may return to Michigan: After decades of leaving wild rice management to Native American tribes, state officials are gearing up to track how some government agencies handle wild rice issues. There are beds in the UP, Northern Lower Peninsula and Lake Erie.