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Michigander or Michiganian? The passionate debate over what to call people from the Mitten.

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It must be an election year. Right on cue, the trade wars are coming to an end.

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Today on Stateside, what the story about a state senator's alleged sexual harassment of a female journalist says about Capitol culture. Plus, a look at where Michigan's recyclables are going, two years after China stopped accepting U.S. waste.

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Former Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan has been sentenced to six months in jail, after pleading guilty to perjury.  

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Update: January 17, 2020 at 6:24 p.m.  

Former Central Michigan University student Ian Elliott pleaded no contest to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct on Friday.

That's a lesser charge than what Elliott initially pleaded to last summer.

But the Michigan Attorney General's Office agreed to let Elliott withdraw his previous plea.

That's because the former prosecutor in the case, the former assistant attorney general, had an inappropriate relationship with one of Elliott's victims.

Elliott is currently in Isabella County jail.  He'll be re-sentenced next month.

Original post, January 15, 2020

Ian Elliott, a former student body president at Central Michigan University convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student, likely won’t serve out the rest of his one-year sentence in prison. Instead, he’s filing a motion requesting to withdraw his plea entirely (as reported by the Morning Sun,) vacate his sentence, and take a new, more lenient plea deal offered by the Michigan attorney general’s office.  

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Michigan State Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) has received national attention for an off-the-cuff comment he made to a female journalist from the Michigan Advance outside the Senate chamber on Tuesday.

Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has wrongly accused tens of thousands of people of cheating on their unemployment claims.
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The state of Michigan is appealing a lower court ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court in a lawsuit involving  people who were falsely accused of defrauding the state Unemployment Insurance Agency.

Between 2013 and 2015, a computer glitch wrongly accused more than 40,000 people of fraud.

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The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has contacted two companies regarding a collapsed dock site on the Detroit River, calling their response "inadequate." The dock originally collapsed in November, and potentially contaminated soil has been eroding into the river. 

Michigan Department of Transportation

Ongoing erosion is threatening the main road connecting southeast Michigan to the Thumb.

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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) held a community meeting last night to address concerns about the contamination of Ann Arbor’s groundwater by a dioxane plume.

Gelman Sciences, a now defunct company, is responsible for the contamination of the groundwater with a chemical called 1,4 dioxane. Gelman had been assisting with cleanup through extraction wells in 2019, but the plume continues to spread closer and closer to the Huron River, the source of Ann Arbor’s drinking water.

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Today on Stateside, a Democratic congressman is proposing new regulations for safe disposal of PFAS. Plus, schools around the state are increasingly relying on long-term substitute teachers. We talk about what this means for students, and strategies for getting more certified teachers into classrooms.

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Life on the Inside: Stories from a Michigan prison

Stateside’s week-long series will capture what life is like for the people who live and work inside Lakeland Correctional Facility.

Following "idiotic" comment to female reporter, Sen. Lucido faces formal inquiry