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People around the world were stunned in early 2018 when more than 150 women testified at the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor who sexually abused patients for more than 20 years. How did he escape justice for decades, and how was he able to maintain his appearance as the good guy, the ally, the protector?

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Governor Snyder’s office says a new rule from the United States Coast Guard will better protect the Great Lakes from oil spills.

The Coast Guard named the Straits of Mackinac a "no anchor" zone. This prohibits boats from dropping anchor in the area.

In May, the state temporarily blocked boats from anchoring there.

This was after the state said the pipeline was reportedly dented by an anchor.

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Today on Stateside, reporter Chad Livengood recaps the most recent debates between incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and her Republican challenger John James. Plus, a former MLive reporter details her experience founding Flint Beat, a hyperlocal news site that covers the Flint community. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

A breakdown of the two Senate debates between Stabenow, James

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As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing congressional candidates around the state about the issues most important to them.

Jeff Jones is the Republican candidate challenging incumbent Democrat Debbie Dingell for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. He lost to Dingell in 2016 by a 2-to-1 margin after receiving around 96,000 votes. 

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Michigan’s senior U.S Senator and her Republican opponent faced off in a debate Monday in front of the Detroit Economic Club.

Eighteen-year incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow faces challenger John James, a Detroit native and U.S. Army combat veteran who served in the Iraq War.

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We are of the dirt.

That’s what Willie Jennings believes.

“My mother was a gardener,” he says. Each spring, as she got her garden ready, she would spray water on the dirt, and tell him to plunge his hands deep into the wet soil.

“And she would turn to me and say, ‘You feel that? You feel that son? That’s life.'”

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A preliminary hearing is underway for a former emergency manager criminally charged in connection with the Flint water crisis.

The prosecution blames the crisis on Flint’s series of emergency managers, appointed by the governor to run the city of Flint amid a financial emergency.

Prosecutor Todd Flood told the judge in court on Monday that the emergency managers, including Darnell Earley, put money ahead of "human health and safety."  

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Michigan may have something to learn when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada on  Wednesday.

One study predicts there may only be enough supply to meet 30% of the demand once cannabis is legal in Canada.

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Approximately 100 prospective jurors are scheduled to fill out a lengthy questionnaire Monday in Flint.

The questionnaires will help attorneys decide who they want to decide the fate of the man accused in an alleged act of terrorism at Flint’s airport last year. 

Amor Ftouhi was arrested after a police officer was slashed in the neck at Flint’s Bishop International Airport in June 2017. The officer survived. 

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A former Flint emergency manager is due in court Monday.

Darnell Earley was the emergency manager in charge of Flint when the source of the city’s drinking water was switched from Detroit to the Flint River. 

He faces willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office and other charges. The preliminary hearing starting this week will decide if he will stand trial on any of those charges.

Earley and former Flint Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft were charged two years ago.  

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Judging by the stock market this week, you’d think the economy’s in the dumps, unemployment is up, and corporate profits are down.

But you’d be wrong. Just the opposite, actually.

No, the proximate cause for the hand-wringing on Wall Street is the realization that the good times of almost-free money and steadily rising stock prices really can't go on forever. And that President Donald Trump’s trade battling with China really isn’t helpful.

The response: sell, sell, sell for some, anyway.

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