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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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The Board of  Trustees of Muskegon Community College voted unanimously on Wednesday to continue its tradition of an invocation at graduation, but just to the extent permitted by the law governing church and state.

The vote was in response to a complaint sent to MCC by the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) about the 2018 graduation prayer led by MCC trustee Ann Oakes who is also a minister. Her invocation included a reference to Jesus, as well as multiple references to God and the Lord.

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Today, Detroit lost its bid to land Amazon's coveted HQ2 earlier this year, but the city and surrounding region may have learned some important lessons in the process.  Plus, is gentrification in a city always bad? 

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill that will maintain the way ballast water discharges are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Ballast water released by ocean-going ships is a major pathway for the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes.


A new lawsuit is seeking to compel the federal government to come up with a national plan to protect the gray wolf, including those in the Upper Peninsula. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to try to remove endangered species protection from nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states next month.

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Starting today, more than 600,000 Michigan hunters are expected to take to the woods for the state’s annual firearm deer season.

These are not the best of times for Michigan’s deer hunting industry. There’s been a sharp decline in the number of deer hunters. There’s also concern about problems with the herd, from Chronic Wasting Disease to PFAS contamination in some areas. 

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Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Michigan, but driving while on drugs is still illegal.

Current law allows for a driver who tests for any amount of THC – the mind-altering component in marijuana – to be penalized in the same way drunk drivers are. When drunk drivers get pulled over, there’s a legal blood alcohol limit on the books and an on-the-spot test.

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Today, did the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ignore a staff scientist’s warnings about PFAS contamination in 2012? Plus, the chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department tells us how he plans to implement changes to reduce racial bias following a task force’s review of the department. 

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Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 PM.
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Presented by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. A must-see holiday event for the entire family!  Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets.  

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Kalamazoo Public Schools wants every student to see someone who looks like them in a book. That's why it's adding books to school classrooms to reflect the diversity of its student body.

It launched the initiative Tuesday at Woodward School for Technology and Research, where school and district officials hope the effort will engage more students in reading.

KPS is starting with just second and third grade classes for now.

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A scientist at the state Department of Environmental Quality says he felt like he was “at the edge of the abyss” when he first realized the possible effects of widespread PFAS contamination in Michigan.

Robert Delaney made the comments at a public hearing in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, hosted by Senator Gary Peters.

Delaney wrote a report on the potential harm from PFAS chemicals in 2012.

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Today on Stateside, the Michigan Legislature’s newly-elected House Speaker discusses what issues he wants to prioritize when he steps into the position this January. Plus, a Democrat on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners talks about his party's plans after winning a majority on the board for the first time in four decades.

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

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A federal jury Tuesday found a Canadian man guilty of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint, Michigan last year.

Prosecutors say he was on a “mission to murder” to support jihad against the United States.  

It took the jury of five woman and seven men an hour to find Amor Ftouhi guilty on all three counts, including committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

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Former Canadian Football League player and Detroit native Wendell Brown will be released from Chinese jail next fall.

Brown was coaching American football in Chongqing, China when he was arrested after an alleged bar fight in September 2016.

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There wasn’t always such a clear dividing line between the two neighborhoods on either side of Alter Road.

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This week, a group of faith leaders is taking a caravan of protestors 1,700 miles from Ann Arbor to the Tornillo detention center in Texas. 

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The jury is expected to get the case today of a man accused of stabbing a Flint airport police officer in June, 2017

Federal prosecutors wrapped up its case last week against Amor Ftouhi, with their final witness being the man he allegedly attacked.  On the stand, Jeff Neville described the attack that left a gaping wound in his neck.

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A major auto supplier is showing off technology it says will significantly improve engine efficiency.

Delphi Technologies is developing a new system to take advantage of all the bits of data today’s vehicles generate to make them more efficient. The system will use onboard and other connected vehicle technology to assist drivers with speed and braking to reduce wasted energy.


Smoke from the devastating California wildfires has reached Michigan, but it won’t be around for long.

Authorities have more than doubled their estimates of buildings destroyed in Southern California's huge wildfire. Officials said Monday that an estimated 370 structures burned and that only 15% of their damage estimate has been completed.

The size of the fire has also increased to more than 143 square miles (370 square kilometers) and was 20% contained Monday morning.

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Today on Stateside, how the Affordable Care Act has impacted public health in Michigan in the five years since it was enacted. Plus, a conversation with the director of the Great Lakes National Cemetery, one of two national cemeteries in Michigan where the state's veterans are laid to rest.

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

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A service has been held at a Michigan cemetery for the cremated remains of about 20 military veterans found in a closed Detroit funeral home.

A police escort on Monday led hearses bearing the remains from the Detroit area to Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. They were given a 21-gun salute and taps was played.

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Pinckney is one of the first communities in Michigan to vote on an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana businesses.

The Pinckney village council voted Monday evening on an ordinance to prohibit marijuana establishments within the village limits. The ordinance passed unanimously.

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Soon, you’ll start seeing your energy bills start to rise each month because of the cold weather. That’s never fun. But, you might be paying a lot more than necessary to heat your home. We decided to look into whether a new efficient furnace adds up to much in the way of energy savings.

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Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer faces a potentially adversarial state Legislature when she starts in January.

Whitmer made fixing the state’s roads a staple of her campaign. But you need money to do that, and Whitmer has raised the possibility of use taxes to fund the roads.

Representative Lee Chatfield (R- Levering) is the new Speaker of the state House. He says he’s probably not going to get behind any tax increase.

“I will say that no one in the House Republican chamber ran on raising taxes,” he says.

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A caravan of about 20 people, clergy and laypeople, will get on the road in Ann Arbor early Monday morning, heading to El Paso, Texas, to call attention to what it calls continuing immigration abuses by the Trump administration.

The caravan was the idea of Rabbi Josh Whinston of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor. Whinston spoke to a crowd of well-wishers at the temple Sunday night about why they're going.

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A new report on maternal deaths in Michigan says 66 deaths between 2011 and 2015 were related to pregnancy.

The report, issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, also says black women in Michigan are three times more likely to have a pregnancy-related death than white women.

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State lawmakers recently passed legislation to change the state’s minimum wage law and require that employers offer earned sick time. But those laws haven’t gone into effect yet, and lawmakers want to make changes to those laws before they ever have a chance to be felt by Michigan’s residents.

The legislation was introduced by Republican Senators. Critics say lawmakers want to water down the new laws. They say if the Legislature didn’t like the laws, they should've let the voters decide on these issues on the ballot.

This week on That's What They Say, we turn to A.A. Milne's classic children's novel, The House at Pooh Corner

We love this line from a passage in which Piglet has to squeeze himself through a letter box in order to get out of Owl's house: "Piglet squeezed and he squoze, and with one last squoze, he was out."

Maybe it's just us, but we think "squoze" is a pretty great non-standard verb.

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Michigan is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Thursday, the audience in the state capitol rotunda paused in silence as a bell slowly tolled during a ceremony honoring the Michiganders who died in the "War to End All Wars.” 

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On the campaign trail, Governor-elect Whitmer promised she’d repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law, kill the so-called “retirement tax,” and revive the state’s Prevailing Wage Law.

All she’d need to make that happen is a Legislature controlled by her fellow Democrats. That ain’t happening because voters this week delivered divided government to Michigan. That dreamy, organized-labor wish list has pretty much no chance with Republicans controlling the state House and the Senate.