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Mayoral primaries and Proposal P: What we’re following in Tuesday's elections

Michiganders will be heading to the polls on August 3 to cast votes in a wide array of primary campaigns and initiatives. Here’s a look at the major races we’re keeping an eye on for Tuesday’s Election Day:

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A temporary switch is on tap for Flint’s drinking water source.

The pipeline that brings water to Flint from the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is in need of some valve repairs. So the city of Flint will be transitioning to its back up water source, the Genesee County Drain Commission (GCDC).

Even for speakers who feel solid about the distinction between "lie" and "lay," they may lose that distinction when "low" is added to the mix.

Recently, one of Professor Anne Curzan's colleagues texted her to say they wouldn't be attending a meeting. They said they were trying to finish an article and would instead be "laying low."

That last part jogged Curzan's memory.

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A controversy over elected officials in a small mid-Michigan county giving themselves hazard pay bonuses from federal COVID-19 relief funds is the subject of a meeting Sunday.

Shiawassee County is located between Lansing and Flint.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has returned a case to a lower court for a closer look at the level of risk during an organized hunting event.

The case from Alpena County pits a father against a son, who lost two fingers as the result of an accident during what’s called a “European-style” pheasant hunt.

According to the appeals court opinion, this type of hunt involves several two-person blinds arranged in a circle around a tower. Pheasants are released into the air from the tower and the hunters try to shoot as many as they can until they’re called off.  

Today on Stateside, remembering the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, who died Thursday at 87 years old with his close friend Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Plus, a discussion about whether the Olympics are still relevant, and what this year’s gymnastics competition is doing for a conversation about mental health and athlete safety.

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Like any Olympic summer, gymnastics is at the center of attention for many viewers. However, the event is seen in a different light this time around—this is the first Olympics since disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar’s widespread abuse towards USA gymnasts and other survivors became known to the public.

For a while there, it seemed like things were finally heading back to normal. Now, not so much.

In the span of just a week, plans for a September return to the office have been pushed back. Mask mandates have made a comeback. And a growing number of employers, including the federal government, are laying down the line on vaccines.

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Update: 07/30/2021 at 4:40 p.m.

Michigan State University will join the University of Michigan in requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students, staff and faculty on campus this fall.

President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Friday that all students and employees must be fully vaccinated by August 31 if they plan to be on campus this fall. There are a few medical and religious exemptions. The announcement comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated masking and testing guidelines nationwide to combat the delta variant.

President Biden has called on states and localities to do more to encourage people to get vaccinated, including paying them $100.

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I'm on vacation this week. Prudently applying mosquito spray as necessary. Hope you're getting to enjoy some time off, too!


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Residents in these 6 Michigan counties should wear masks indoors, according to the CDC

Under revised guidance released by the CDC Tuesday, residents in six Michigan counties should resume wearing masks indoors, even if they’re fully vaccinated.

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