Episode 7: Why Net Neutrality Matters for Nonprofits

Despite substantial public opposition, Obama-era regulations securing Net Neutrality – a principle that essentially bars Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from playing favorites with different websites – were rolled back by the FCC on June 11, 2018. These changes could pave the way for a new, highly manipulated user experience: movements, media reports, resources, and more that ISPs – or their investors – don’t like, or that don’t make them any money, could end up on the other side of a slow connection. What could this mean for nonprofits – and for the communities they serve?  

Katharine Trendacosta, Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Larra Clark, Deputy Director for both the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Information Technology Policy, join the hosts. 

Sculpture at Native American cemetery disturbs sacred ground, group argues

Aug 14, 2018

A new sculpture planned for the entrance of a Native American burial site in West Michigan is being relocated after a tribe raised concerns it would disturb sacred ground. Construction was already underway to place the 16-foot granite sculpture titled "All My Relations" in the Old Indian Cemetery in Muskegon. The sculpture was crafted by Anishinaabe artist Jason Quigno.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
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A 33-year-old woman says she was bitten on the leg by a U.S. Secret Service dog during Vice President Mike Pence's visit last week to western Michigan.

Melissa Ramirez says she was outside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday when she was bitten.

Ramirez tells WXMI-TV she was walking to a bus stop and that the bite "lasted maybe a second but it was long enough" for the dog to get its teeth into her "pretty well."

She says the agent handling the dog was "very apologetic."

She received one stitch to close the wound.

A Democratic billionaire stopped by Lansing to announce the launch of his 10 million dollar national campaign to get people to vote in the November midterms.

Tom Steyer launched the Need to Vote campaign. He says in Michigan the campaign will focus on three key swing districts and the governor’s race. Those swing districts include the 8th Congressional race. That seat has been held by Republican Mike Bishop since 20-15.

       Steyer says Michigan is a key state for flipping seats in Congress.

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Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are receiving high marks from notable national publication mid-year charts.

If you’ve been to a show at DeVos Performance Hall, or a concert or sporting event at Van Andel Arena, you may have noticed tickets are scarce. From the perspective of Pollstar, VenuesNow and Billboard Magazines, that means ticket sales are solid. For venues of their size, that puts them near the top of ticket sales in North America and the world.

SNN: Meet Your Principal

Aug 13, 2018
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Before you know it, another school year will be in full swing. Whether your students are attending the school they’re always gone to or entering a new environment, it’s good to know who’s in charge.

Assistant Principal Chris Bernard is a self-proclaimed sports nut. He also happens to love driving a Zamboni almost as much as he enjoys driving students to succeed.

Michigan officials have approved a series of deer hunting regulations intended to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. Among them is an immediate ban on baiting and feeding deer in the 16-county area of southern and central Michigan identified as the CWD Management Zone.

An organization that shields high-value farm and natural lands from development in five northern Michigan counties is kicking off the public phase of a $71 million campaign to protect additional parcels.

The Grand Traverse Land Conservancy says urgent action is needed as the popular resort area attracts more commercial and residential growth. Instead of trying to preserve threatened properties on a piecemeal basis, it's raising a pot of money to deal with dozens.

Medical marijuana shop in Denver.
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While a state board has approved 16 medical marijuana licenses, licenses have been approved at all stages of the medical marijuana system– from dispensaries to testing labs. There’s been some concern, however, about having enough pot shops open for patients.

Starting September 15th, any dispensary that doesn’t have a license will have to close. David Harns is a spokesperson for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. He says once the deadline hits, there should be enough open dispensaries to meet the need.

A trailer while being towed along a western Michigan road. State police say Sunday that a woman from White Cloud was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night in Newaygo County's Lincoln Township. A male from Fremont was airlifted to a hospital.

Police say the vehicle pulling the boat "came into a corner too fast, causing the pontoon to fall off the trailer." The driver was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence causing death. The accident remains under investigation. Lincoln Township is north of Grand Rapids.