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Kalamazoo city water could be the best temporary solution to ongoing groundwater contamination in nearby Parchment.

The state found chemicals known as PFAS at high levels in Parchment city water late last week. It declared a state of emergency, and free cases of bottled water were made available for residents.

Parts of Cooper Township were also affected.

PFAS compounds are often used in firefighting foam and waterproofing materials. Some of the chemicals have been linked to thyroid and kidney disease.

Michigan's 14th congressional district
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A proposal that seeks to end gerrymandering in the state will be on the ballot this November.

The Board of State Canvassers voted to add the question from the group Voters Not Politicians on June 20.

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An initiative to change how Michigan draws its political boundaries is headed for the November ballot.

In a 4-3 ruling late Tuesday night, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit challenging a redistricting ballot proposal.

Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, and Shri Thanedar
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The Michigan primary is fast approaching. Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7 to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race. Three Democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far.

Chrystal McCadden stands next to a photo showing her son in handcuffs.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The city of Flint is being sued after one of its police officers handcuffed a disabled seven-year-old boy in 2015. 

The boy was handcuffed by the officer, who was working as a school resource officer, after instructors at an after-school program called for help in dealing with what the family's attorneys call “behavioral challenges.”  

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One of the core philosophies of U.S. criminal law is the presumption of innocence, that defendants charged with crimes are innocent until proven guilty.

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This week, 3,000 journalists from around the world come to Detroit for the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists. The NABJ hasn't held its convention in the Motor City since 1992.

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Rylie Kostreva / Michigan Tech

It's been a tense few months between the United States and many of its big trading partners. President Donald Trump's tariffs have targeted China, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico.

Those have, in many cases, triggered retaliatory tariffs, and American consumers are hearing: "we are going to wind up paying."

The Poweshiek skipperling at rest.
Cale Nordmeyer

One of the 27 Michigan species facing extinction is a tiny butterfly called the Poweshiek skipperling. They are small, about an inch long, and live in native prairie habitats throughout the Midwest.

They were once a common sight in Michigan, but Oakland County is one of the very few remaining places where you can find a Poweshiek skipperling. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tamara Smith studies the butterfly and joined Stateside to talk about what’s driving the steep decline in population.

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The Detroit area usually gets more than three inches of rain in July. This year, that number was closer to one inch.

This has been a dry summer all over the state. Most of the Lower Peninsula is experiencing drier-than-normal weather and some parts of the state are even in the midst of a drought. According to the United States Drought Monitor, this is Michigan's third unusually dry year in a row, making this look like a new normal.

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Michigan State University Extension

A recent proposal by the Trump administration could mean big changes for the Endangered Species Act.

That law was passed some 40 years ago. It was designed to keep endangered plant and animal species from going extinct.

SEIU Local 1

Janitors with Detroit’s Service Employees International Union Local One are declaring victory after members ratified a new contract this past weekend.

SEIU Local 1 includes about 1700 custodial service workers in many downtown Detroit buildings, the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit Metro Airport, and other locations.

EPA proposes new rule for asbestos

Jul 31, 2018
CDC

Asbestos is known to cause cancer. It’s banned for some uses in the U.S., but it’s not entirely banned.

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule, and new ways to evaluate the safety of asbestos.

Monarch Butterfly
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It’s breeding season for monarch butterflies, and government officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico want your help collecting data on them.

The second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz is underway, now through Sunday, August 5.

Mara Koenig is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region. She says you can write down the number of monarch butterflies you see this week, and take a close look at any milkweed plants you find.

Brian Calley and Bill Schuette
michigan.gov

The Republican candidates for governor have been battling it out for months. There’s more money being spent on the Republican primary than in recent years – and it’s being used to help the candidates go after each other.


Tech. Sgt. David Speicher / U.S. Air Force

U.S. military officials say they're willing to pay for clean drinking water for people near Battle Creek, if tests show groundwater contamination comes from its base there.

Macomb County Jail

The family of a former Macomb County jail inmate is suing the county, claiming that jail staff’s negligence and “deliberate indifference” caused the man’s death.

Volunteers pass out cases of bottled water at Parchment High School.
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Residents have been lining up to get cases of free bottled water in a Kalamazoo County community.

The state Department of Environmental Quality discovered high levels of contaminants known as PFAS in Parchment city water late last week. The problem also affects some residents in Cooper Township on the same water supply.

Lots of people living in the area have little to no information about these chemicals aside from what they’ve heard on the evening news.

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Facebook / Detroit Police Most Wanted Fugitives

Several police commissioners in Detroit are concerned that officers won't be able to get into the city fast enough in the event of an emergency.

That's because about 70 percent of Detroit police officers currently don't live in – or near – the city.

Police commission chair Willie Bell says he's known about the problem since he became a commissioner in 2014. It’s partially due to a 1999 state law that prevents cities from requiring municipal employees to live where they work.

Marquan Kane
Gabrielle Horton / Michigan Radio

Marquan Kane knows poverty. He’s seen what gun violence and drugs have done to people he loves.

His response? To work for social reform and challenge other young people to join him in a new civil rights movement.

Kane has been named Washtenaw County’s 2018 Young Citizen of the Year to recognize his work in criminal justice reform. Governor Snyder appointed him to Michigan’s Committee on Juvenile Justice. On top of that, he also recently graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.

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Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon is back to the grind after enjoying a much-needed summer vacation.

Bacon joined Stateside to talk about the long-awaited induction of Detroit Tiger greats Alan Trammell and Jack Morris into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and much more. 

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Michigan is not doing a good job educating children with disabilities. That’s according to a recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

Michigan was the only state rated as needing federal intervention after failing to meet special education standards.

A few weeks before that letter became public, Detroit Public Schools Community District announced it would be doing a massive overhaul of its special education program.

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Michigan Radio

People everywhere need access to pads, tampons, and other feminine hygiene products, but throughout Michigan, some women and people in the transgender community are forced to go without. It’s a global phenomenon known as “period poverty.”

Christine Mwangi is founder of Be a Rose, an organization working to fight period poverty in the Grand Rapids area. She joined Stateside to talk about her organization is expanding access to resources and information related to women’s health. 

DANIEL WEBER / FLICKR

A new University of Michigan study finds young people are supportive of more gun control and of guns.

The University of Michigan School of Public Health conducts a regular text message poll of young people, between the ages of 14 to 24 years old.

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Flickr user Jeepers Media

A lawsuit over a transgender person using the women's locker room at a gym can continue.

The Michigan Appeals Court says Yvette Cormier can argue that her rights were violated under the state's consumer-protection law.

Cormier says a Planet Fitness in Midland terminated her membership after she told other women about a transgender gym member who was using the women's locker room.

MDHHS

The hepatitis A outbreak in Michigan has plateaued, but it's still an outbreak.

Eden Wells is the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Lean and Green Michigan

A program that offers companies a zero-down, affordable way to finance energy efficiency programs is expanding.

PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy.  PACE loans for energy savings project are paid off through an extra payment on the company's property taxes.  The energy savings are greater each month than the extra loan payment, so it pays for itself from the beginning.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A pilot program is giving Flint teenagers the opportunity to learn new skills, while helping city residents still too scared to trust their drinking water is safe.

Recent tests have shown the quality of Flint’s tap water has improved since the city’s water crisis started in 2014. However, many residents don’t believe those tests results from the government.

But under a new program, more than a dozen Flint teenagers are going into homes and testing the water.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Jackson County voters are being warned they could lose some of their county parks, unless voters OK a new millage on August 7th.  

Jackson County maintains 17 parks and a ten-mile-long scenic bike trail.   

But county Parks Director Jeff Hovarter says past budget cuts have reduced needed maintenance.

He says, without the $2 million a year the millage on the August ballot would provide, the alternative is “rightsizing our park system.”  Hovarter says that may involve closing some parks, selling others to developers or transferring parks to townships.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

New campaign finance reports suggest this year’s governor’s race may end up being the most expensive in Michigan history.

The August primary will select the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian party nominees for governor. 

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