This week from Capital News Service

By Capital News Service
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New research on teaching teenagers with autism; high divorce rates in rural areas; food pantries gearing up for holiday season and more

Friday, Nov. 1 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics cover new research for teaching teenagers with autism; high divorce rates in rural areas; food pantries gearing up for the holiday season; osprey rebounding; and more.

  • Food banks and food pantries across the state are gearing up for holiday season demand amid talk of looming cuts to federal food benefits. We hear from Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit, Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Northwest Food Pantry and Access of West Michigan in Grand Rapids. By Becky McKendry.
  • A study done in the Livonia schools by MSU researchers shows that video-based teaching methods that use computers and iPads can help teenagers with autism learn how to behave in new social situations. We also hear from the Southfield-based Autism Alliance of Michigan and Department of Community Health. By Matthew Hall.
  • The 10 counties with the state’s highest divorce rates are all rural, including Crawford, Gladwin, Montcalm and Newaygo. We hear from experts at Northern Michigan and Michigan State universities, a Saint Clair Shores psychologist and the Department of Community Health. By Becky McKendry.
  • DNR reports a significant decline in the number of feral swine in Michigan, but the Michigan Pork Producers says the problem is growing nonetheless. Mecosta, Midland and Saginaw counties had the most sightings and killing last year. We also talk to DNR and MUCC. By Lacee Shepard.
  • Commentary on the value of Michigan’s small lakes and quiet rivers. By Eric Freedman.
  • Osprey, once disappearing in the state, are rebounding with 50 breeding pairs in Southeast Michigan. Researchers at the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge tagged some this year to track their migration patterns, including one born in Monroe County that made it to Cuba. By Evan Kreager.