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Maya Goldman

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Maya Goldman is a newsroom intern for Michigan Radio. She is currently a student at the University of Michigan, where she studies anthropology and writing. During the school year, Maya also works as a senior news editor and podcast producer for The Michigan Daily.

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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.

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Applications for energy assistance in Michigan will be open all year round starting Monday, October 1.

Until now, people could only apply for the assistance between November and May -- the state's designated energy crisis season.

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The Michigan Republican Party released a pair of ads in recent days in support of gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, highlighting his role in the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

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Governor Rick Snyder's office may ask the National Guard to finish roadwork that's been halted since the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association locked out members of the operating engineers union in early September.

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Adam Schilt

This year, Chelsea High School is trading in a homecoming queen's crown for medals of honor.

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A 2006 state law says Michigan public schools must start after Labor Day. But this year, a record number of school districts received waivers to start before the holiday -- and tourism officials in the state aren't happy.

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Diane Newman

Immigration and customs enforcement officials said Friday morning they will delay the deportation of disabled Nigerian man Francis Anwana.

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Bill Gelineau

Bill Gelineau, Michigan’s Libertarian nominee for governor, says Michigan's education system needs to start focusing on the individual needs of students.

Michigan is currently ranked 35 out of 50 states when it comes to 4th grade students’ reading skills and other performance metrics. Only 44% of Michigan’s third graders passed the English Language Arts portion of the M-STEP standardized test this year.

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Virginia-based immigration lawyer Hassan Ahmad is suing the University of Michigan to try and get access to papers donated to the school's archive by anti-immigration proponent John Tanton.

The case was dismissed from claims court in December, but arguments were heard in the Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Half of Tanton’s papers are available for public consumption. But 11 boxes of his records have been sealed until 2035 at his request.

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Tuesday morning, the Michigan Department of Corrections announced plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in December.

The DOC decided to close another prison back in June. This is the second facility to close this year due to a falling prisoner populations in the state.

There are currently fewer than 800 prisoners at Ojibway, and they'll be moved into other prisons over the course of the next few months. 

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Michigan decided last week to collect sales tax from online businesses -- which could increase the state's tax revenue by almost $250 million in the next three years.

But the question now is what to do with that extra money.

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Low-income households across metro Detroit can't afford their water bills, and new research from the University of Michigan says there’s now an affordability gap: people are paying more for water than they can actually afford.

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This post was updated August 13 at 9:45am with additional information from the MDEQ. 

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The Michigan Department of Treasury announced earlier this month that online retailers with no physical presence in Michigan will have to pay the state's sales tax starting October 1st.

The decision follows a Supreme Court case from this past June that upheld South Dakota's right to charge online shops for sales taxes. Michigan will adopt the same taxing model that South Dakota uses for their online retailers, meaning that the tax will apply to businesses who sold more than $100,000 worth of goods or made over 200 transactions in the state in the past year.

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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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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.

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Replacement absentee ballots were sent out to hundreds of voters in Kalamazoo County this week after a mistake was discovered on the original forms.

MLive reported that ballots sent to voters in four Schoolcraft Township precincts and one Portage precinct listed candidates running for Michigan’s 63rd House of Representatives district race instead of the 61st district.

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A Detroit group called Citizens for Detroit's Future announced Wednesday that they will sponsor a ballot initiative to change the city’s charter to add three independent seats to Detroit’s election commission.

Citizens for Detroit's Future has noticed conflicts of interest among its current election commission officers. The commission is currently made up of the city clerk, the city council president, and a city lawyer appointed by the Detroit mayor—all people who either hold an elected office or were appointed by an elected official. Tom Barrow, president of Citizens for Detroit's Future, says this makes the current commissioners unable to hold an impartial review of the city's elections.

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A southeast Michigan woman who says she was forced to give birth in a jail cell in 2016 is now suing Macomb County and 10 other parties.

Jessica Preston was eight months into a potentially high-risk pregnancy when she was arrested for a traffic violation in the spring of 2016. Unable to pay her bond, she awaited trial in the Macomb County jail.

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The first seven medical marijuana licenses were granted to marijuana business in Michigan last week. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved four growing licenses, one transporter, one processing center, and one provisioning center.

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Southwest Michigan resident Melissa McMillan is suing a former Covert Township policeman she says sexually assaulted her in a hotel room while she was intoxicated, as well as the city and the county sheriff’s department.

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Residents of a Ferndale public housing building have decided to unionize after learning last month that the Ferndale Housing Commission is applying for the Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

RAD is a program run through the Department of Housing and Urban Development that allows public housing to get money for repairs through private investment. Under RAD, public housing units become Section 8 properties — privately owned, but still rent-subsidized by the government for those who qualify.

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After 15 months of bargaining, nurses at McLaren Lapeer Region hospital voted yesterday to give their leaders the ability to authorize a strike.

Hospital administrators had previously given the McLaren Lapeer RN Staff Council bargaining team their “last, best, and final offer.” According to union president Tom Hall, this meant the group had to bring the offer back to their members for a vote, regardless of whether the bargaining team agreed with it.

Union members voted the contract proposal down.

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Catholic non-profit Opus Bono Sacerdotii has begun fundraising for Lansing-area priest Father Jonathan Wehrle’s legal and living expenses following last year’s allegations that Wehrle embezzled over $5,000,000 from his church.

According to the accusations, Wehrle—who founded St. Martha Parish in Okemos in 1988—used church money for personal expenses from 1991 to 2017. He now faces federal embezzlement charges, as well as a separate civil suit raised by an insurer for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

William Strampel, former Michigan State University dean of osteopathic medicine, has one more day to decide if he wants to retire from Michigan State with full benefits. His other option is to allow the university to move forward in their efforts to revoke his tenure— a lengthy process during which he’ll receive his full salary.  

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Universal healthcare might be on its way to Michigan’s ballots now that State Representative Yousef Rabhi officially announced his proposal Monday morning to secure single-payer coverage in the state.

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The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council's contract with Michigan Medicine is expected to expire Saturday night without a new one in place.

In the absence of a new contract, the nurses will continue to operate under the general terms of the expired one until an agreement is reached. 

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Michigan's police and firefighter unions will no longer be mandatory for employees to join after the United States Supreme Court decided Wednesday that the practice was unconstitutional.

Maya Goldman

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees announced today they hope to select the university’s next president in June 2019.

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