Gretchen Whitmer names Detroit native, Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate

Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, chose her running mate today. Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist will join Whitmer on the November ballot. Gilchrist is a former director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. He was also endorsed by progressive groups in a prior campaign for Detroit City Clerk.

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Thetford Township is a sleepy-looking community of about 7,000 people, retirees and farmers, mostly.  

It was voted third safest in Michigan in a recent survey by the Michigan Township Association. 

Even so, it has its own police department, made up of one part-time officer, one full-time officer, and one police chief.

But township trustee Stan Piechnik thinks the chief has spent more time acquiring military surplus than protecting the community.

Here's some of the surplus - where's the rest?

Ethernet cable

Michigan is lagging in broadband availability. The state is ranked 30th in the nation, and more than 350,000 households — mostly in rural areas — don't have access to that vital service.

In 2018, people who don't have effective, high-speed internet may not have access to news, social, job connections, schoolwork, health care, and so much more. 

Michigan still has one of the highest rates of juvenile lifers in the country.
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Three Jackson County men who were serving life without parole for murders they committed as minors will be re-sentenced.

MLive reports that all three men — 42-year-old Stanley Fowle, 49-year-old Charles Porter, and 58-year-old Charles Finch — will have hearings scheduled for the coming weeks and months.

These re-sentencings come after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which said states cannot impose mandatory sentences of life without parole on juveniles. In 2016, the Supreme Court added that the ruling applies retroactively to people already serving life.

Mark Brush, Michigan Radio's former Digital Media Director, was posthumously honored with the Public Media Impact Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters this week. 

Michigan legislators prepare to impeach Dino Bucci

Aug 16, 2018
Dino Bucci
Macomb Township Board of Trustees

Michigan Representatives Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch have begun the process of impeaching Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci because of his absence from his duties for the past nine months.

Bucci was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2017 on 18 counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud, and money laundering. Those charges were in connection with public contracts for Macomb Township and the Macomb County Department of Public Works. 

According to Yaroch, an appeal to Governor Rick Snyder to remove Bucci from office yielded no response.

Matt Allender

We have a rattlesnake in Michigan called the eastern massasauga. It’s listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

One of the threats it’s facing is a disease called snake fungal disease, and it can kill the snakes. 

Researchers have figured out some clues about how the pathogen affects the snakes.

Aretha Franklin sings "My Country Tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. She was 76.

Reports of Franklin's declining health began early Monday, with family members confirming that the singer was gravely ill and hospitalized in Detroit.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A Michigan school district is facing a federal lawsuit over past sexual harassment.

Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA). The agency provides support, cooperative educational programs, and services to local school districts in Allegan County.

cover of Rosie: a Detroit herstory
Wayne State University Press

A new children’s book from two Metro Detroit women uses the iconic image of “Rosie the Riveter” to teach kids about the roles that women and the city of Detroit played in winning World War II.

Prison bars
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The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Michigan cannot deny credits for good behavior to prisoners who were sentenced to life without parole as minors.


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