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Today on Stateside, Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee discusses what he is doing to prevent the deportation of a 48-year-old man from Nigeria who is deaf and has cognitive disabilities. Plus, University of Michigan Professor Daniel Raimi breaks down the risks, myths, and benefits of fracking.

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Former top-level state officials with the Snyder, Engler, and Milliken administrations are among a group of Republicans and independents publicly endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.

The group is co-chaired by former Republican Congressman Joe Schwarz, who now identifies as an independent.

“The party itself has maybe gone a bit too far to the right,” says Schwarz. “And we really need someone in the center, someone who’s a moderate, someone who has the ability to work with both sides, but someone who can make tough decisions.”

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A former city administrator in Flint who says she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor is getting another day in court.

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Francis Anwana is a deaf 48-year-old man who came to Michigan from Nigeria in 1983 to learn sign language. He has been living here ever since, but now faces deportation.

Anwana, who has cognitive disabilities and can only communicate through American Sign Language, is scheduled to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials tomorrow.

Activists object to Line 5 tunnel proposal

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Environmental advocates are speaking out against a proposed agreement to build a tunnel over Enbridge Energy's Line 5, which runs under the straits of Mackinac. An anchor strike earlier this year highlighted concerns that a leak in that stretch of the pipeline could be a major environmental disaster.

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Drinking water has been shut off in Detroit's public schools after voluntary tests found elevated lead and copper levels in 57 of 86 schools tested.

Officials believe these elevated levels are due to aging pipes and fixtures.

But, as Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has learned, this isn't completely unexpected for any city as old as Detroit:

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Students across Michigan are heading back to school this month, and in some cities, students won’t be getting their water out of drinking fountains.

In August, Detroit Public Schools Community District announced that all drinking water in the district would be shut off indefinitely after elevated lead and copper levels were discovered. As of September 19, results found elevated levels in water fixtures at 57 of 86 schools tested so far. And in Flint, the public schools plan to continue using water bottles until January.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in Studio East at Michigan Radio.
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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) says she agrees that the FBI should investigate a sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  

Kavanaugh is a U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

California university professor Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when he was 17 and she was 15. Her attorneys say she is willing to speak with the Senate Judiciary Committee, but not prior to an FBI investigation.   

Stabenow says there's good reason for that approach.

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The ACLU of Michigan wants a Michigan Walmart store to stop selling merchandise using the word “Redskins.”

The organization sent a letter on Wednesday to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. It says the store in Paw Paw, Michigan stocks items using the local high school’s mascot – the Redskins – and requests that the store pull those items from shelves.

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There are plans to turn a run-down Lansing golf course into a $100 million mixed used development.

The rough on the old Waverly golf course has been growing wild for years. The city closed the golf course in 2007. City voters agreed to sell it in 2012. 

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A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week will likely have little effect on campaign spending in this fall’s election in Michigan.

The high court denied a request on Tuesday by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, which sought to stay a lower court ruling forcing it to reveal its secret donors.   

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The speaker of the state House won’t support a proposal aimed at electing presidents based on the national popular vote.

There’s bipartisan support in the Legislature for Michigan to join a compact that 12 states have already joined called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Once enough states have entered into the compact to decide a presidential election, those states would cast their Electoral College votes for the candidate who won the national popular vote.

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Today on Stateside, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Bill Gelineau says he would cut Medicaid costs by rewarding young women for not getting pregnant before age 23. Plus, 100 years ago, the world’s deadliest flu pandemic hit Michigan and killed roughly 19,000 people.

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

Shelter leader responds to complaints from homeless Kalamazoo residents in ongoing protests

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Update: 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 19

Kalamazoo police officers arrived at Bronson Park this morning to clear the park of homeless people and protestors.

The city imposed a deadline of 7 p.m. Tuesday night for homeless campers to leave the park.

Some people have been arrested, including city commissioner Shannon Sykes.

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The state's voting system needs to be improved to ensure that overseas military ballots are received on time and counted, according to Jocelyn Benson, Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State.

Benson unveiled her military voting plan Tuesday, as part of her pledge "to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat."

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Former Senator John Francis Kelly, who served four consecutive terms in the Michigan State Senate and helped push Michigan to become the last state needed to ratify the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, has died of a heart attack. He was 69.

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A defense lawyer wants a mental health evaluation for the man accused of carrying out a terrorist attack at Flint’s airport last year.

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In November, Michigan voters will decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana.

Supporters say the industry that develops should be an economic boost for rural Michigan.

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The city of Kalamazoo says it will disperse a group of homeless protesters who've been occupying a downtown park, starting Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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One Detroit city council member is putting forth a slew of proposals she says will help correct some major inequities in the city.

Council President Pro-Tem Mary Sheffield’s bills aim to address a widely-held perception: that while pockets of Detroit boom with new development, most of the city’s longtime residents aren’t seeing any benefits. These bills deal with some of the city's most pressing "socioeconomic and human rights issues," Sheffield said.

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Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents. That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday. It found that people on the plan improved their financial health after getting the insurance coverage.

Sarah Miller is a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She worked on the study. Miller says they found that because people were in less financial stress health-wise, they didn’t overdraw their credit cards and they paid bills on time. That means their credit scores got better.

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Today on Stateside, a young activist in Detroit is appealing her conviction for pulling an unloaded gun on another woman in what she says was self-defense. Plus, the ups and downs of the family restaurant are the focus of Ann Arbor writer Lillian Li’s debut novel.

Artist installs mosaics in Eastern Market potholes

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Chicago artist Jim Bachor installs a tile mosaic in a pothole at the corner of Winder and Orleans St.
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Over a hundred murals decorate the buildings in and around Detroit's Eastern Market. This year, as part of the Murals in the Market event, artist Jim Bachor is installing ten authentic tile mosaics in potholes around the market.

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Teresa Weatherall Neal announced Monday that she’s retiring as Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Weatherall Neal says she came to the decision after her sister suddenly passed way in July.

Michigan Radio, the state’s largest public radio station, is searching for a self-motivated individual to lead the station’s digital team and champion our digital strategy. You’ll captain a small, terrific team of digital producers while working across the award-winning newsroom to ensure our best work reaches and inspires audiences across the state.

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Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell is in a Detroit-area hospital after a heart attack.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell says her  92-year-old husband had a heart attack early Monday and is "alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes as usual."

She added, "We'll know more later."

John Dingell, a Democrat, was in office for nearly 60 years and still remains the longest-serving member of the House or Senate in U.S. history. He didn't run for re-election in 2014, the same year that his wife was elected to his 12th District seat in southeastern Michigan.

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Nurses at the University of Michigan hospital have voted to authorize their union to call a three-day work stoppage if the university does not respond to claims of unfair labor practices. Ninety-four percent of the votes were in favor of the authorization.

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Absentee ballots will start arriving in Michigan mailboxes in the next few weeks. One county clerk is predicting confusion.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says about half his county’s voters routinely use the straight party ticket option, but starting this fall that won’t be an option.

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One analyst says Michigan and other parts of the county are turning from seller's to buyer's markets.

Daren Blomquist with Attom Data Solutions says mortgage originations dropped 27% nationally in the second quarter in 2018 compared to the previous year.  The drop was bigger in some Michigan markets.

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Rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, but many doctors aren't aware of one of the most effective tools for fighting these infections. When a patient comes in for treatment of gonorrhea or chlamydia, their doctor can prescribe antibiotics for their partner at the same time, sight unseen. It’s called expedited partner therapy, or EPT.

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