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MI Companies Building Parts For Mars Ship

Part of NASA’s first manned spaceship to Mars will be made in Michigan. The Detroit News reports the government agency’s new Space Launch System that’s being created to transport humans to Mars in the 2030s relies on dozens of Michigan suppliers that build everything from steering to components covers for harnesses and cables. Warren-based Futuramic Tool & Engineering is the most vital contributor from Michigan.
The company once made tooling that modeled metal for the body of every single car in Ford Motor Co.’s lineup. But the automaker outsourced that work to Mexico about 15 years ago, and the supplier was forced to diversify to the aerospace industry. Futuramic has manufacturing plants in Detroit and Warren that build the parts, which are shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the rocket is being built.. ...Read Full Story

Feds Recommend Automakers Focus On Cybersecurity

The government’s highway safety agency says automakers should make cybersecurity part of their product development process by assessing risks and designing in protections. Companies also should identify safety critical systems such as engine control computers and limit their exposure to attacks, under best practice guidelines released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency also wants automakers to limit access to car owners’ personal data. The guidelines aren’t requirements but will go into effect after a 30-day
public comment period. The agency also wants automakers to make plans to detect cyberattacks and respond rapidly to limit them. The guidelines suggest closing off software developer access to firmware that controls cars. The industry already is doing most of the recommendations and has set up its own best practices and information-sharing methods.. ...Read Full Story

$1.5 Million Gift For MSU College Of Nursing

McLaren Greater Lansing has made a $1.5 million gift to Michigan State University to establish the College of Nursing’s first endowed
chair position. The East Lansing school said Monday that the donation to help create the Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education is the second largest gift ever given to the nursing college. McLaren has been an active participant in the “Healthy! Capital Counties”
collaborative to conduct a community health needs assessment, which measures and prioritizes the region’s health care needs. Mental health care was identified as one of the area’s top priorities. The university notes that endowed chair and professorship positions provide scholars with stable support to actively engage in leading-edge work.. ...Read Full Story

Report Calls For Closing Youth Prisons

A new report suggests a new direction for the juvenile justice system in the US. The findings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation report, “The Future of Youth Justice” say youth prisons are not fit for kids and are associated with high costs and negative outcomes. Patrick McCarthy CEO of the foundation, says states pay on average about 90 thousand dollars a year for every youth in a juvenile facility.. ...Read Full Story

BC Sheriff Elected To Statewide Board

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is about to get another distinction. He’s going to serve as the vice president of the board of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association next year. Bailey was elected VP of the group’s board at its fall conference. The sheriff’s association represents Michigan’s 83 sheriffs and is the oldest law enforcement organization in the state. Executive Director Terrence Jungel says that Sheriff Bailey has earned the respect of his fellow sheriffs. He takes his new post on January 1.. ...Read Full Story

State Offers Tips To Deer Hunters

Archery deer hunting season is underway in Michigan, and the department of natural resources is reminding everyone of some ways they can find good locations. Deer Management Specialist Chad Stewart says the MI-Hunt app can help hunters identify more than 7 million acres of land that can be hunted in the state.. ...Read Full Story