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Children's Protective Services is making changes to its investigation protocol after state audit, released last month, unveiled multiple serious issues and errors in CPS investigations between 2014 and 2016.

Stacie Bladen is the deputy director for programs and policies in child welfare at the agency. She said CPS has about 1500 staff in the field. And for the most part, Bladen thinks they're very committed to their work.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Michigan and Canadian leaders, including Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were in Windsor Friday to celebrate the start of construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The Canadian government sees the new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario as a key national infrastructure project. Trudeau called it a “vital 2.5 km artery that will connect Windsor and Detroit and allow for an increased flow of people and goods between Canada and the United States.”

A map of Michigan shows several orange dots denoting locations where PFAS has been discovered.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

UPDATE: This story was updated at 3:53 p.m.

This week, the Environment Report is looking at industrial chemicals called per- and polyfluoralkyl substances – or PFAS. 

People all over Michigan have questions about these chemicals that are being found in their drinking water.

MSU scientists predict height, bone density from DNA

Oct 5, 2018
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Researchers from Michigan State University developed a new computer tool for analyzing DNA to predict genetic traits. The tool identified gene locations connected to traits like height, bone density, and cognitive ability--and they got surprisingly accurate results.

John Auchter / Michigan Radio

Look, it's not like I'm unaware of my own inconsistencies and, well, let's just say it: hypocrisy. I've drawn cartoons on several occasions expressing my opinion that ballot proposals are a bad idea and, well, let's just say it: stupid.

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A suburban Detroit police department has fired an officer after he was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Sergeant Ronald Buckley and two paramedics were charged Thursday in the death of William Marshall.

Detroit City Council

Detroit City Council member Gabe Leland was indicted on bribery-related charges Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Leland on two counts of bribery, and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

Detroit pastors call for an end to water shutoffs

Oct 4, 2018
Catherine Shaffer / Michigan Radio

Religious leaders gathered in downtown Detroit to call for an end to the city's water shutoffs. The city began issuing shutoff notices in May. Since then, it has turned off water for 11,422 people, and 8,559 of those have had service restored.

U of M President announces new carbon neutrality goal

Oct 4, 2018
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"Human-influenced global climate change is the defining scientific and social problem of our age,"  University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel told a gathering of U of M leaders Thursday. "And a significant component of this growing crisis is due to the burning of fossil fuels to generate energy."

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

State lawmakers are moving to keep the percentage of school administrator evaluations based on student growth right where it is now.

The percentage is supposed to increase to 40% this year.  But on a 14 to 1 vote, the House Education Reform committee Thursday endorsed keeping it at 25%.

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