BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI
AP-Michigan stories for Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.
For use Sunday, Dec. 23, and thereafter.
MARQUETTE, Mich. _ The Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program at Northern Michigan University is expected to continue growing. The four-year undergraduate degree program is designed to prepare students for emerging industries relating to medicinal plant production, analysis and distribution. A university official says they hope to hire three or four chemists and increase laboratory space for some courses. There are also plans for an indoor greenhouse, as well as more partnerships with businesses and nonprofits. By Christie Bleck, The Mining Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 831 words.
DETROIT _ A Detroit program is working to connect homeless people with shelter dogs. Teacher’s Pet, a partnership between Covenant House and the Detroit Animal Care and Control, has been in place for nearly 10 years. It teaches young adults 18-24 how to train dogs _ from simple commands, like sit and stay, to more intangible social skills. This, in turn, helps the dogs become more adoptable. And for the trainers, it is something they can put on their resume. By Meira Gebel, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 571 words.
For use Monday, Dec. 24, and thereafter.
PORT HURON, Mich. _ The contraptions stretching from behind navigational buoys in the St. Clair River are trap nets placed there to monitor sea lamprey populations. Sea lamprey are an invasive species. A researcher says the study, which is an attempt to index the population of juvenile lampreys in the St. Clair River and how that population contributes to lamprey numbers in Lake Erie, is in its fourth year. By Bob Gross, Port Huron Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 383 words.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A Michigan artist has featured images from Traverse City in his latest piece of work. Robert Schewe calls the piece TC Kaleidoscope. The minutely detailed piece, arranged in a circular kaleidoscope pattern, includes several local landmarks, including the City Opera House, State Theatre, Park Place Hotel, Perry Hannah House, the clock tower of Northwestern Michigan College and the old state hospital building at the Grand Traverse Commons. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 774 words.