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When the election happens, no matter what happens, you’ll understand why.

John Beilein has resigned as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, just 54 games into his first year with the team and in the NBA after nearly 30 years as a college coach.

Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization, according to a Wednesday Cavs press release.

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Federal, state and local officials are looking at ways to respond to ongoing high water levels in the Great Lakes this year.

Jeff Yoakam is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He says the threat differs depending on where you are in Michigan.

DEQ (now EGLE)

Federal district judge Janet Neff approved a settlement agreement between the state of Michigan, two Kent County townships, and Wolverine Worldwide, calling it "a model resolution of a very complex problem," which was completed "by all accounts, in record time for environment litigation of this nature." 

The state and Plainfield and Algoma Townships sued the West Michigan shoe company for contaminating groundwater and residential drinking water wells with chemicals in the PFAS family. The chemicals were used in its shoemaking operations.

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A state board has taken a step that clears the way for a petition campaign to move ahead. 

The Board of State Canvassers approved 100 words to summarize a sweeping 8,489 word proposed amendment to the state Constitution. The amendment would outlaw lobbyist gifts to state elected officials and create a two-year waiting period before those officials can become paid lobbyists.

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
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Today on Stateside, as President Trump pardons a slew of white-collar criminals, some Detroiters are asking for consideration for Kwame Kilpatrick. The former Detroit mayor is serving a lengthy sentence on corruption charges. What would a commutation do for Trump's standing in metro Detroit? Also, a new documentary tells the story of how a lakeside town in West Michigan became contaminated with PFAS.

Independence Square, Accra, Ghana.
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The government of Ghana spent 2019 inviting African Americans to visit the country. The national tourism campaign was called the “Year of Return.” Last year marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in North America, and the campaign focused on bringing members of the African diaspora back to the land from which their ancestors were taken.

Stateside spoke with two Detroiters about their own experiences in Ghana during the Year of Return.

Nick Colvin

Former Obama administration staff member Nick Colvin has decided to leave the race for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

Colvin announced on his personal Facebook page this week that he’s leaving the race for personal and financial reasons.

drawing of two podiums with two faces talking into microphones
Angela Hsieh / NPR

Democratic presidential candidates are debating once again, this time in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada. Follow NPR's live analysis. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. 

University of Michigan sign
Anna Schlutt / Michigan Radio

An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.

Smokey Robinson

Today is the 80th birthday of Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

The singer and songwriter was a founding member of The Miracles while he was still in high school. The group was Motown founder Berry Gordy’s first vocal group.


Life on the Inside: Stories from a Michigan prison

Stateside’s series captures what life is like for the people who live and work inside Lakeland Correctional Facility.

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