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Michigan State University has stopped payments to sexual abuse victims because of suspicion of possible fraudulent claims.

The $10 million fund was set up earlier this year to pay for counseling services for the survivors of abuse by former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar. 

Matt Mencarini is with a reporter with Lansing State Journal. He broke the story of the halted funds earlier this week. Mencarini joined Stateside’s Lester Graham to explain why exactly MSU suspended these funds. 

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Emails have emerged in a federal lawsuit which suggest Michigan Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts despite years of claims the lines were drawn without political bias.

Journalists Joel Kurth and Lindsay VanHulle broke the story for Bridge Magazine. 

One email from a GOP staffer, according to the article, bragged about cramming “Dem garbage” into four southeast Michigan Congressional districts. In another, a longtime Michigan Chamber of Commerce executive predicts the maps will keep Republicans in power for years.

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

The latest rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

As construction begins this fall on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, Michigan and Canadian officials say they’ll continue to engage affect residents on both sides of the border.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority held community meetings in both cities this week. Advance site preparation is already underway on both the U.S. and Canadian sides.

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Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Tensions were high at a Board of State Canvassers meeting over ballot initiatives to increase the state’s minimum wage and to require employers offer earned sick time.

The board was ready to decide whether to certify the proposals, but an attorney for a business group that opposes the measures told the board a technicality prevented the board from legally voting on it Thursday. So the Board went to recess without a vote until the next day.

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This week marks the 51st anniversary of the riots that broke out in Michigan during the summer of 1967.

While the uprising in Detroit is the most well known, Grand Rapids faced a similar event, albeit on a smaller scale. The city had three days of unrest that left 44 people hurt and 350 arrested.

Ellen James is a founding member of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees and a leader in Grand Rapid’s African-American community. Tavian Moore is the president of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP Youth Council.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Grand Rapids
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

The U.S. government is scrambling to meet Thursday's court-ordered deadline to reunite hundreds of children who were separated at the border with their parents.

About half of those families have been reunited.

Downtown Grand Rapids
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When a rebellion exploded in Detroit on July 23, 1967, cities around Michigan watched as bullets flew, windows were smashed, and buildings burned.

Two days later — 51 years ago today — an uprising was ignited in Grand Rapids, setting off three days of violence that left 44 people hurt and 350 arrested.

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.

profile shot of Gretchen Whitmer
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The Michigan primary elections are exactly two weeks from today. 

Stateside is finishing up a second round of gubernatorial candidate interviews. Today, we turn to Democrat Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer served in the state Legislature from 2001 to 2015, including four years as minority leader of the Michigan Senate. She joined Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to discuss her ability to talk across the aisle, education reform, and campaign donations. 

On Stateside today, how Michigan soybean farmers are faring under trade war with China. Plus, new reporting finds that storm drains at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base are leaking PFAS chemicals into Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River. 

To hear individual segments, click here or see below: 

Bill Schuette getting sworn in as attorney general.
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There's a tug-of-war happening between the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and Attorney General Bill Schuette. In the middle of it lies Michigan’s LGBTQ community.

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With just two weeks left before the August 7 primary, a top contender for the Republican nomination for governor is under fire over how often he shows up for the job he has now.

“On duty” is how Bill Schuette often refers to his tenure as Michigan attorney general.

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission says it will continue to include LGBTQ people as a group protected under anti-discrimination law, no matter what Michigan’s Attorney General says.

In May, the civil rights commission decided to include LGBTQ individuals as members of a protected class under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Michigan House Republicans

Michigan's primary is two weeks away on August 7. 

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, and he joined Stateside to talk about his campaign and his plans for Michigan's future.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Michigan's primary election is Tuesday, and already this year's vote has garnered a lot of attention.

Stateside 7.20.2018

Jul 20, 2018

Today on Stateside, interviews with Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is running for the gubernatorial Republican nomination for governor; and Dana Nessel, who is the only Democrat running for attorney general in 2018. Plus, a summer cocktail made with rum, coffee liqueur, and ice cream — who could ask for anything more? 

Listen to individual interviews here, or see below: 

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A dozen members of Congress received an update Friday on the Flint water crisis.

The group, all Democrats, met with city residents and inspected a pipe replacement project on the city’s north side.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says they remained committed to helping Flint recover.

“It’s not just about Flint and water,” Pelosi told reporters as she stood next to an open pit where crews were replacing a lead service line. “It’s about our responsibilities to each other in our country to make the future better.”

Dana Nessel
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

 


With the August primaries just three weeks away, we continue to make the rounds of candidates running for statewide offices. 

We’ve spoken with Republican Tonya Schuitmaker who is running against Tom Leonard for their party’s nomination for attorney general. 

Now we turn to the Democratic party’s endorsed candidate Dana Nessel. 

Bill Schuette at Trump rally
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As the August 7 primary election approaches, Stateside is checking back in with the state’s gubernatorial candidates. Bill Schuette is Michigan's current attorney general and a Republican candidate for governor, joined Lester Graham to discuss his record on environmental protection, his opposition to an anti-gerrymandering case before the Michigan Supreme Court, and his endorsement from President Trump.  

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Thursday handed a large novelty check to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. 

The amount written on the check was anything but a novelty: $30 million.   

Flint is one of five cities receiving money through the HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant program.  The money is earmarked to replace decaying public housing in the city.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A report by the EPA’s Inspector General blames “management weakness” for delays in the federal agency’s response to the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

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President Trump says he is looking forward to a second summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

That was one of many messages he posted on Twitter today, even as his Homeland Security Secretary declared it would be "foolish" to think that Russia has stopped interfering in U.S. elections.

Mike Bishop is the Republican Representative from Michigan's 8th District. Bishop and other members of the House Ways and Means Committee met with President Trump Tuesday afternoon.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck
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Primary elections are next month, August 7th, and we’re making the rounds with the gubernatorial candidates vying for their party's nomination one more time.

Today, state Senator and Republican candidate Patrick Colbeck sat down with Stateside’s Lester Graham.

Colbeck is in his second term as a state Senator, and has represented the 7th district since 2011.

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Candidates for Michigan governor in next month’s primary are sharply divided, along party lines, when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana.

In November, Michigan voters will not only decide who will be the state’s next governor, but also whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

If the candidates running to be governor are any indication, marijuana legalization may come down to largely party-line vote.

The four Republican candidates for governor oppose legal pot. While the three Democrats and two Libertarian candidates support it.

VIDEO: Meet the 2018 candidates for governor

Jul 19, 2018
Six of the gubernatorial candidates
Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Six of the seven Democratic and Republican candidates for governor sat for one-hour interviews with reporters from the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a multimedia public service journalism partnership. 

Stateside 7.18.2018

Jul 18, 2018

Today on Stateside, a quiet change in mission and policies is happening at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that's making it harder for students and workers to renew visas. And, before you could cross the Ambassador Bridge or drive through a tunnel, getting to Windsor involved hopping on a ferry. 

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It will be a little more expensive from now on to rent a room, apartment or house through Airbnb in Kent County.   

The county assesses a 5% hotel tax to pay for its convention center, but Airbnb users didn't have to pay it until now. 

Airbnb allows people to rent a room in their home to travelers, or rent their whole apartment or house. 

County officials say the deal levels the playing field for hotels, and will bring in up to $100,000 more a year in tax revenue. The county uses the hotel tax to pay off a bond that funded the construction of its convention center.

Abdul for Michigan

Michigan is now just three weeks away from the primaries. In preparation, Stateside has invited the gubernatorial candidates back for one last chance to speak to you.

The first candidate in this last round of interviews is Abdul El-Sayed.

El-Sayed is 33 years old, and the former director of the Detroit Health Department.

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President Trump began his day on Twitter Wednesday defending his meeting and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One tweet said: "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki..."

This comes less than a day after the president read a statement walking back statements he made in Helsinki, saying he intended to say that he does accept the intelligence community's assessment that Russia meddled in our elections.

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