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Gov. Rick Snyder will consider whether to add another performance rating system for Michigan schools. A bill with an A through F grading system is a final procedural action away from Snyder’s desk.

Schools would not receive an overall grade. Instead, they would be graded in different areas like student growth in math and graduation rates.

State Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) is a bill sponsor. He’s been working on this for six years.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has replaced two thirds of the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority members just days before the group is expected to approve a controversial tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The decision came after Snyder’s previous appointee, Mike Zimmer, resigned from the authority citing a possible legal conflict. Zimmer is the second appointee to resign.

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Huntington Woods City Councilwoman Allison Iverson resigned abruptly on Tuesday, shortly after outraged voters learned she told an anti-gay group that she welcomed their help in trying to shut down  "Drag Queen Storytime." 

The Huntington Woods Library program is just what it sounds like: a drag queen reading stories to kids.  It's extremely popular, drawing such large attendance since it launched last year that it had to be moved from the library to a larger venue. 

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A controversial bill setting new standards for cleaning up contamination is on its way to the governor.

The state House approved the legislation Tuesday by a narrow 56 to 53 vote margin. The bill has already passed the state Senate.

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Today on Stateside, a scientist on the state's PFAS Scientific Advisory Committee breaks down the group's official report on how Michigan should deal with PFAS contamination. Plus, after her sister suffered permanent brain damage on a go-kart ride in 2015, Corri Sandwick has been pushing the state to make amusement parks safer. 

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

Rachel Gibbs with her youngest son Jake before her 2015 accident at AJ's Family Fun Center.
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It was supposed to be a day of fun at AJ's Family Fun Center near Grand Rapids in 2015. Rachel Gibbs wore a scarf on the cool August day.  Staff at AJ's made no mention of the potentially dangerous item as Gibbs and her youngest son loaded into a go-kart and zipped off. During the ride, Gibbs’ scarf got caught in one of the go-kart’s axles, snapping her windpipe. 

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The governor’s desk is the next stop for a bill to protect the identities of non-profit donors, including to political advocacy groups.

It would be a misdemeanor for a public official to require non-profits to disclose their donor list for government review under the legislation the state House approved today. 

State Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) defends his bill against charges it’s intended to shield big name political donors trying to influence Michigan politics.

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53rd District Court judge Theresa Brennan was arraigned Tuesday on three felony counts: tampering with evidence, perjury, and corruption in office.

The hearing was brief.  Appearing by video conference, Judge David Guinn read Brennan her rights and asked if she understood them. She said she did.

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Plans to change Michigan’s auto no-fault law will likely not make it to the governor’s desk this year. Lawmakers in the state House have been considering taking up the issue – and they still might. But with only days left in this session, the Senate is unlikely to follow suit.

Lee Erck smokes his pipe in the basement of his home just outside Marquette.
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Just off U.S. Highway 41 outside of Marquette, there’s an old man who lives alone in a small, one-bedroom house. Most days he's upstairs sitting at his desk or downstairs in his workshop. There he makes some of the best tobacco pipes in the world.

Not just blowing smoke

“My name is Lee Erck. I am a tobacco-smoking pipe maker. I live here in Negaunee Township,” he says on a cloudy Friday afternoon.

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