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Emma Winowiecki

Digital Producer

Emma is a producer for the digital news team at Michigan Radio. Her duties span all things web-related, from reporting news online to producing videos to creating maps and graphics for other reporters. A native of northern Michigan, Emma is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Film Studies. As such, she is a movie and TV junkie, and is always up for a game of trivia. Her other passions include reading, cooking, and taking too many pictures of her golden retriever, Gus.

drinking fountain
Flickr

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.

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.

Larry Nassar
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

A former Michigan State University field hockey player has alleged former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar raped and impregnated her in 1992, and that former athletic director and head football coach George Perles covered it up. Perles is currently a member of the Michigan State Board of Trustees.

Marijuana leaves
Unsplash

A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana will be on the ballot this November, ten years after the state voted to legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal recieved an estimated 277,370 signatures, and was certified by the Board of State Canvassers in April. Now, it's one of three proposals that Michigan voters will decide on in November. 

Vote Here sign
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Last week, the Michigan legislature adopted the minimum wage increase initiative, officially taking it off the November ballot. The legislature had previously adopted two other initiatives, paid sick leave and repealing the prevailing wage.

Now, only three proposals will appear on the November ballot, and the state elections board has finalized the language for all three. 

drinking fountain
jasongillman / Pixabay

Detroit students won't be drinking out of water fountains when school starts next week.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District announced Wednesday that students will be using bottled water after tests showed elevated lead and copper levels at some of the schools.

Garlin Gilchrist II and Lisa Lyons
Courtesy photos

Two weeks after the primary election, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have chosen their running mates.

Republican Bill Schuette announced last week that former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would join him on the ticket. And as of Monday, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will run with Detroit political activist Garlin Gilchrist II.

Michigan State University sign
Michigan State University

Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages is facing two criminal charges in Ingham County related to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office charged Klages with two counts of lying to investigators on Thursday. 

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

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.

Here are election results from the major races we are following. Polls close at 8 p.m., results are updated every five minutes.

2018 primary ballot
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Michigan's primary election is tomorrow, and many voters are still undecided about who to support in the gubernatorial primary.

Candidates for the 11th District House of Representatives seat.
Michigan Radio

It’s less than one week until primary day, and the 10 (that’s right, 10) candidates running to replace U.S. Rep. Dave Trott are in the final stretch of what has been a hectic primary race.

The 11th District, which kind of circles around the northwest edge of Wayne County, has a strange political history. Three of the district’s four last representatives were Republicans, and voters went for Mitt Romney and then Donald Trump in the last two elections. But voters also chose Barack Obama in 2008, by a higher margin than either Romney or Trump. The district also surrounds two Democratic strongholds: Wayne and Oakland counties.

Michigan's 14th congressional district
Public Domain

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.

School desks
Flickr user Frank Juarez/Flickr / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

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.

Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer for Governor

Michiganders head to the polls on August 7, and Michigan Radio is here to help you decide how to cast your ballot. From now until Election Day, we'll be highlighting a different gubernatorial or attorney general candidate, including their past interviews with Michigan Radio.

Learn about today's candidate below, and find more candidates here. 

Name: Gretchen Whitmer

Age: 46

Patrick Colbeck
MI Senate

Michiganders head to the polls on August 7, and Michigan Radio is here to help you decide how to cast your ballot. From now until Election Day, we'll be highlighting a different gubernatorial or attorney general candidate, including their past interviews with Michigan Radio.

Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick and Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

More than a hundred "sister survivors" took the stage at the ESPY Awards last night to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. They represented just a fraction of the women and girls who survived the sexual abuse of former sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Since Rachael Denhollander came forward with her story in September 2016, more than 300 women and girls have bravely told their stories of abuse. 

Child and parent holding hands
Pixabay

A federal judge said last month the government must reunite all migrant children under the age of five with their families today, and Bethany Christian Services says their agency has met that deadline.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Dona Abbott said, "As of this morning, 100 percent of the children in Bethany's care that were forcfully separated under the zero tolerance policy under the age of have or will be reunified today." 

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a precedent-setting 1977 decision Wednesday.

The case,  Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, was a Michigan case that stipulated public sector employees who opt out of a union are still required to pay partial dues to cover the union's cost of negotiation and other operations.

creative commons

The Michigan Department of Education has added two "listen and learn sessions" about proposed social studies guidelines amid growing outcry over the changes.

Families Belong Together protest in Columbus, Ohio.
Flickr user Becker1999

The Trump administration has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy toward anyone caught crossing the United States border. As a result, in the past six weeks alone, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and put in government custody or foster care.

William Strampel
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Former Michigan State University dean William Strampel will go to trial for sexual misconduct at Michigan State University. Strampel was in court for a probable cause hearing Tuesday. 

Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Michigan State University has reached a global settlement of $500 million dollars with the 332 survivors of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

This week, a Michigan State University trustee called for a "new day" at the school: A change of culture that apologizes, admits failure, and offers justice instead of the institution positioning itself defensively.

That statement by MSU trustee Brian Mosallam comes during continuing fallout connected with the scandal of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulting many girls and young women and insisting it was a medical treatment.

Richard Phillips (left) and David Moran (right)
Cynthia Canty / Michigan Radio

 

Here is a story of murder, of injustice that took decades to correct, and of forgiveness.

Imagine yourself going about your life, when, suddenly, you're accused of murder. And nobody believes you when you say, "I didn't do it!" 

You're convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. 

State superintendent Brian Whiston
Dearborn Public Schools

The Michigan Department of Education has announced that State Superintendent Brian Whiston passed away Monday night at the age of 56.

Whiston was appointed to the position in April 2015, and went on long-term disability leave less than a week before his death. His previous positions included Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools and Treasurer and President-Elect of the Michigan Parent Teacher Student Association.

marijuana bud
Pixabay

The Michigan Board of Canvassers approved a petition Thursday to place an initiative on the state’s November ballot that would legalize marijuana possession and consumption for all adults 21 years and older.

The board ruled that the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol collected 277,370 valid signatures, more than the 252,523 signatures needed to make the ballot.

Flint river
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

"After a brief delay, the city of Flint will finally start getting its drinking water exclusively from the Flint River starting this afternoon." 

Four years ago, on April 25, 2014, Michigan Radio reported that Flint had officially switched its water from Detroit to the Flint River.

Three months later, complaints about the city's water quality began to escalate.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

More than 100 Brighton homes will be tested for the cancer-causing chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), according to state officials. 

University of Michigan students wait for a bus
The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy / FLICKR - http://bit.ly/1f2P1w6

In January, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) released their anticipated “Campus Affordability Guide.” The guide was meant to help lower income students save money.

Some of the advice included canceling cleaning or laundry services, selling your car for some extra cash, and buying fewer snacks.

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