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Auchter's Art: "That Michael Ducarcass"

In our early years as a couple, my wife and I used to make a yearly visit to Pennsylvania to visit relatives — grandparents, great aunts and uncles. On one such visit in the fall of 1988, a post-dinner conversation turned to politics. Among the Sanka and Jell-O 3-2-1 Jello, opinions were expressed about the presidential candidates.

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After spending 34 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, Darrell Siggers was officially cleared of the crime on Friday, as Wayne County prosecutors announced they would drop all charges against him.

Siggers always maintained that he was innocent of the 1984 murder of Robert Montgomery on Philip Street in Detroit. He filed numerous appeals over the years, to no avail. 

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State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) wants all of Michigan's energy to come from renewable sources by 2050. He proposed a bill that would codify this plan to the Legislature last week.  

Rabhi says he has always been passionate about the environment. He says this bill has been in the works for a while now.

But Rabhi says it was the recent United Nations report on the accelerated timeline of climate change that made him introduce the bill last week.

Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Secretary of State has confirmed that a computer glitch, first noted by Progress Michigan, appears to have resulted in many people's driver's license addresses not matching their updated voter registration addresses. It's not known how many people are affected yet.

The situation happened when people went to their local clerk's office to update their addresses. The information is supposed to be entered into two different databases - the SOS qualified voter file, and the SOS driver's license file.

Number of Nassar accusers approaches 500

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Some victims look on during the plea hearing in which Dr. Larry Nassar pled guilty to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

The total number of survivors who have come forward in the Larry Nassar case is now around 500. Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with 332 survivors in May, and the Michigan legislature extended the time survivors could come forward with a claim through September 10.

Today on Stateside, what are gubernatorial candidates not spending enough time discussing? Our political commentators weigh in. Plus, even in statistically identical neighborhoods, children in Detroit yield disproportionate success rates. 

 

Natalie Brennan

 

As we approach Election Day on November 6, Michigan Radio is interviewing candidates running for attorney general in the upcoming midterm elections. 

Today we’re talking with the Libertarian candidate, Lisa Lane Gioia.

When asked if Gioia would be joining the lawsuits against the federal administration when they do something that goes against her party's principle, Gioia explained the Libertarian principles: 

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

State agencies in Michigan have issued a ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for deer in Oscoda Township near the closed Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

The state tested deer tissue from areas across the state known to have PFAS chemical contamination, including places such as Grayling, Rockford, and Oscoda Township.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder is making an endorsement in one of Michigan’s most divisive contests.

The governor endorsed Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in the Republican primary.  But since the August primary, Snyder has refused to get involved in this year’s race for governor between Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.

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Tom Leonard for Michigan

As part of Michigan Radio’s ongoing election coverage, Morning Edition and Stateside are featuring interviews with candidates hoping to be the next attorney general.

Republican candidate Tom Leonard is currently the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. He has also served in the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office and as the state’s assistant attorney general.

Cheyna Roth

Governor Rick Snyder and members of law enforcement broke ground on a memorial Thursday.

It’s a tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

It’s a project more than a decade in the making: a structure composed of large metal panels engraved with the names of fallen police officers. A commission to build the monument has had trouble fundraising the effort for years.

Governor Rick Snyder approved a grant earlier this year for more than one million dollars to help push the fundraising efforts over the finish line.

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