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DEQ expert who warned of PFAS risk in 2012 explains why it took the state years to respond

How well has the State of Michigan responded to the problem of PFAS contamination of our groundwater? That was the focus of a Grand Rapids hearing Tuesday convened by U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Mich.

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A new lawsuit is seeking to compel the federal government to come up with a national plan to protect the gray wolf, including those in the Upper Peninsula. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to try to remove endangered species protection from nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states next month.

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Starting today, more than 600,000 Michigan hunters are expected to take to the woods for the state’s annual firearm deer season.

These are not the best of times for Michigan’s deer hunting industry. There’s been a sharp decline in the number of deer hunters. There’s also concern about problems with the herd, from Chronic Wasting Disease to PFAS contamination in some areas. 

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Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Michigan, but driving while on drugs is still illegal.

Current law allows for a driver who tests for any amount of THC – the mind-altering component in marijuana – to be penalized in the same way drunk drivers are. When drunk drivers get pulled over, there’s a legal blood alcohol limit on the books and an on-the-spot test.

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Today, did the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ignore a staff scientist’s warnings about PFAS contamination in 2012? Plus, the chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department tells us how he plans to implement changes to reduce racial bias following a task force’s review of the department. 

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 PM.
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Presented by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. A must-see holiday event for the entire family!  Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets.  

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Kalamazoo Public Schools wants every student to see someone who looks like them in a book. That's why it's adding books to school classrooms to reflect the diversity of its student body.

It launched the initiative Tuesday at Woodward School for Technology and Research, where school and district officials hope the effort will engage more students in reading.

KPS is starting with just second and third grade classes for now.

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A scientist at the state Department of Environmental Quality says he felt like he was “at the edge of the abyss” when he first realized the possible effects of widespread PFAS contamination in Michigan.

Robert Delaney made the comments at a public hearing in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, hosted by Senator Gary Peters.

Delaney wrote a report on the potential harm from PFAS chemicals in 2012.

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Today on Stateside, the Michigan Legislature’s newly-elected House Speaker discusses what issues he wants to prioritize when he steps into the position this January. Plus, a Democrat on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners talks about his party's plans after winning a majority on the board for the first time in four decades.

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

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A federal jury Tuesday found a Canadian man guilty of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint, Michigan last year.

Prosecutors say he was on a “mission to murder” to support jihad against the United States.  

It took the jury of five woman and seven men an hour to find Amor Ftouhi guilty on all three counts, including committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

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Former Canadian Football League player and Detroit native Wendell Brown will be released from Chinese jail next fall.

Brown was coaching American football in Chongqing, China when he was arrested after an alleged bar fight in September 2016.

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