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Amazon.com announced the winners of its HQ2 sweepstakes. In case you missed it, the winners are... wait for it... New York and suburban Washington.

What a surprise.

Earlier this year, the techy retailer turned the nation’s major cities and regions upside down at the prospect of a $5 billion investment. One promising 50,000 jobs paying an average of $100,000.

This week, the Gorilla chose money and power. New York and Metro D.C. are as far from the Heartland as they could get tiny dots of swaggering, influential blue on a vast red map of, well, Amazon customers.

Which is the point, right?

Shouldn’t be surprising at all for the most valuable company on the planet; a company upending retail and shopping as we know it, a company now sitting on the competitive and market intelligence of more than 200 cities and regions across the United States. And that includes metro Detroit.

Played for suckers? Sure looks like it.

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A Genesee County judge will decide on December 7th whether Michigan's chief medical executive Dr. Eden Wells will stand trial for alleged crimes related to the Flint water crisis. Dr. Wells has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for not informing the public promptly about an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.

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The U.S. House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century.

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A new website hosted by the University of Michigan brings together research from across the country on firearm safety among children.

The site is the product of a research consortium made up of scholars from U of M and 12 other academic institutions called Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens, or FACTS.

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As wildfires across California have continued to cause massive damage this week, some Michigan residents have gone to California with organizations like the Red Cross to help those affected by the fires.

Kalamazoo resident Vicki Eichstaedt is a volunteer for the Red Cross’s Public Affairs team. She's currently in California, helping to take photos of damage done by the Camp Fire. She said the devastation is unlike anything she’s ever seen before.

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Today, there's no federal or state restriction on the level of PFAS contamination considered a public health threat. What there is, is an advisory. We speak to a former EPA official who helped create it. Plus, what can we learn about our own freshwater seas from researchers studying the African Great Lakes?

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The work of fixing Flint’s broken water system goes on, but the state panel created in the wake of the water crisis met for likely the last time Friday.

The Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC) has spent the past few years discussing ways to solve Flint’s lead tainted water and other problems. 

A big car company is going small. Ford is buying electric scooter company Spin.

Ford and Spin won't confirm the price tag, but reports put the purchase price at $100 million and an overall investment from Ford of $200 million.

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Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

People from Michigan and a dozen other states are returning home Friday after traveling hundreds of miles to protest the Tornillo detention center in Texas.

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Being a freshman in college is exciting: meeting new people, learning new things, and figuring out who you are. But these big changes can also trigger or worsen mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

If untreated, those disorders can be fatal. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

And all too often, parents have no idea that the student is struggling. 

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