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GM to close 5 factories, including Hamtramck and Warren

Two Michigan auto factories will halt production in 2019. General Motors announced Monday morning that the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and Warren transmission operations plant will cease production in 2019, as well as plants in Ontario, Ohio, and Maryland.

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The state Legislature is moving forward with changes to a citizen initiative on paid sick leave. The measure to require employers to offer earned, paid sick time got enough signatures to make the November ballot.

But the Senate pre-empted that in an effort to scale it back before it becomes law.

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A package of bills aimed at raising the age Michigan residents can be tried as adults passed out of a House committee Wednesday.

Under current Michigan law, 17-year-olds are automatically tried as adults. The bill package would raise that age to 18 years of age.

Representative Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) spearheaded the legislation. He says a similar bill package failed to pass the Senate two years ago because it didn’t include a funding mechanism. He says this package does.

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Two Detroit Medical Center hospitals are in danger of losing federal payments after they failed health and safety inspections last month.

State inspectors found multiple infection control violations at Detroit’s Harper and Receiving Hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed both hospitals in letters earlier this month.

ACLU seeks release of Haitian asylum seeker

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A federal judge in Ann Arbor heard arguments Wednesday in a case involving a Haitian asylum seeker. 

Ansly Damus has been held by immigration authorities for nearly two years in a windowless cell.

That's according to a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union calling for his release.

The ACLU said Damus' attendance at today's hearing is the first time he's seen daylight in almost two years.

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Today on Stateside, Michigan's lame-duck legislature moved to roll back previously-passed legislation that increased the state's minimum wage and mandated paid sick leave. Plus, a member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority weighs in on the state's plan to have the organization oversee a tunnel to house the replacement pipelines for of Enbridge's aging Line 5. 

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

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Should the Mackinac Bridge Authority be in charge of building and maintaining a utility tunnel to house replacement pipes for Enbridge's Line 5? 

Today, the Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee approved a bill that would assign the board that task. The full Senate vote will be delayed to allow time for bill sponsors and other interested parties to consider amendments.

But Barbara Brown, current board member and former vice chair for the Mackinac Bridge Authority, says that her organization should not play a role in the oversight of the utility tunnel. 

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In the past decade, American education has gone through some major changes. Parents are sometimes shocked by how different schools look from when they were there, and that can lead to friction between parents and teachers.

 

Stateside’s education commentator Matinga Ragatz joins us to discuss how to bridge the gap in understanding between parents and teachers.

Hockey pucks: They're small and heavy and — one Michigan college thinks — may be the perfect weapon against an active shooter on campus.

Oakland University, a public school in Rochester Hills, near Detroit, is distributing thousands of 94-cent hockey pucks for just that reason.

The distribution, which began earlier this month, stemmed from a March faculty active-shooter training session, which followed February's shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead.

Public Safety, Personal Experiences

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The DEQ PFAS Investigation Map near Rockford, MI
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Northern Kent County residents say they're eager to learn more about a new PFAS chemical exposure study.

Representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Kent County Health Department talked to residents on Tuesday night about the study and how they can participate.

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