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Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib held a press conference on Monday to repeat her call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

She says the rationale for impeachment should be his inhumane policies and disregard for the Constitution, not what she calls his "racist and xenophobic playbook."

Trump tweeted over the weekend that Tlaib and three other congresswomen of color should "go back and fix the crime infested places from which they came."

Tlaib was born in Detroit.

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As Detroit expands its network of surveillance cameras, Detroit police are looking to expand their capability to monitor and process the footage.

The police department is asking the Detroit City Council to approve a $4 million contract to expand its existing real-time crime center at police headquarters. It would also add two mini-centers at the eighth and ninth precincts.

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“ICE RAIDS STARTED IN DEARBORN,” the social media and Whatsapp messages warned on Monday afternoon. Dearborn residents sent the messages to each other after agents from Homeland Security Investigations visited Hamido, a well-known Middle-Eastern Dearborn restaurant.

The manager, Kassem Rizk, says he wasn’t sure at the time if the agents were from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, but he says two officers came in, and one officer asked for employment verification forms.

“He said that he was sweeping the area. He said this was his tenth stop,” Rizk says.

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Today on Stateside, how does the right to free speech apply when it comes to the personal Twitter accounts of elected officials? Plus, we hear about how a nationwide shortage of volunteer firefighters is affecting communities in the state.

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Volunteer firefighting has been on a decline across the nation since the 1980s. Michigan is also experiencing a shortage of volunteer firefighters.

Since 1984, the amount of people volunteering at fire departments nationally has fallen more than five percent, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council. But it also says emergency calls have tripled in the last 30 years.

Listen above to hear Stateside's full conversation with Lieutenant Michael McLeieer about the impact of the volunteer firefighter shortage. 

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Kalamazoo County is taking a new approach to address domestic violence.

The county unveiled its plan for a "trauma court" on Monday. It's a program that would consider the past trauma and abuse that perpetrators of domestic violence have experienced in their lives, operating under the idea that "hurt people hurt people." 

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The ACLU of Michigan is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by parents against the Williamston Community School Board.

The lawsuit claims a board policy that’s supposed to protect LGBTQ students from harassment is unfair to their children – and that it violates their First Amendment rights.

Jay Kaplan is an ACLU attorney. He says the policy protects the rights of LGBTQ students.

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Employees at the Michigan Department of Corrections face a higher chance of Major Depressive Disorder than first responders and other high stress jobs. That’s according to a new report released Monday.

The study found that about one in four MDOC employees would meet criteria for PTSD if they were screened.

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Detroit automakers kick off bargaining talks with the United Auto Workers union this week to negotiate the next four-year contract.

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School board members in Benton Harbor say they’ll try again to reach an agreement with the governor’s office to turn the district around.

The administration of Governor Whitmer announced a tentative agreement with the school board earlier this month, but board members said there was no agreement.

At a meeting Saturday, board members said they’re working on a new proposal

Meanwhile, interim superintendent Patricia Robinson says some teachers and parents have already decided to leave the district because of the uncertainty.

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Not since the dark days of bankruptcy a decade ago are contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit’s automakers likely to be as tough as the round beginning next week.

It’s not because times are bad. It’s because times are good – a run of profitability and strong sales not seen since the 1960s. Yet change is coming faster than four-year contracts can manage. And that’s an ominous sign for both sides, especially union members seeking certainty.

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Vigils were held across the state Friday, July 12th to call for an end to immigrant detention centers along the southern U.S. border. More than 600 events were held across the world the same day.

The coordinated vigils were called "Lights for Liberty." Ypsilanti residents gathered at a vigil in Riverside Park to call for an end to detention camps.

The event started with songs and ended with a silent candle lighting. One speaker said, "These are real people, not just numbers."

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In 2018, Michiganders voted to pass Proposal 2, a redistricting amendment that would create an independent commission to draw legislative and congressional district maps. Voters Not Politicians, the nonprofit organization that collected signatures to get the amendment on the ballot, is now taking steps to form that commission.

Prior to Prop 2, whichever party was in control in Lansing was responsible for drawing district maps.

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is campaigning in Michigan. The New York senator is on her bus tour called "Trump Broken Promises."

“I get why you might have voted for him, he said the system's rigged, he said no bad trade deals, he said health care for everybody that's better and cheaper, he really promised the world, but the truth is he never meant it.” Gillibrand says.

Stops are in Oakland County, Flint, and Lansing. Gillibrand's town hall in Oakland County focused on gun violence and getting money out of politics.

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“‘I can’t wait until you’re 18,’” Hanover-Horton teacher and football coach Johnnie Stewart told her in the high school gym, “because of all the things he could legally, physically do to me,” the young woman recalls. It was 2015. She was his 16-year-old student.

The former student, who has asked not to be named because the incident happened when she was a minor, says she reported Stewart’s comments to school adminstrators that very day. But Stewart wasn’t suspended or fired. Ultimately, administrators told her it was a “he said, she said” incident, she says.

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A detective looking into claims that former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon lied to police about former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar acknowledged there were key questions that should have been asked during the investigation that weren’t.

Simon sat implacably at the defense table during the questioning. She is trying to avoid going to trial on two felony and two misdemeanor charges that she lied to investigators about what she knew about sexual abuse of young women and girls by Nassar.

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Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier accused of sex crimes against many girls, visited and donated to Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Epstein has been accused of preying on girls who aspired to be performers, although the school says they have no record of any complaints from current or former students.

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Today on Stateside, we discuss how the Trump administration could still limit non-citizen participation in the 2020 Census, even after dropping its pursuit of a citizenship question. Plus, how the opioid crisis is putting a strain on the resources of county morgues.

 

 

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that looks to address PFAS contamination near military bases.

The National Defense Authorization Act has provisions in it that would require the Department of Defense to treat contaminated water that's used for agriculture.

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Eric Payne will be the next chief of Grand Rapids police.

The city made the announcement Friday, after a months-long nationwide search. Payne is a nearly 33-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department. He currently serves as Deputy Chief. He will be the department's first black police chief. 

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The eviction notice arrived last month at William Nunley’s modest two-story house in Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood, one of the hottest real-estate markets in the city. He had lived in the house for three years with his wife and their three children and had hoped to buy it from their landlord.

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Show of hands — who has seen the Frank Capra movie from 1939, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? Jimmy Stewart is Jefferson Smith, an idealistic young man who gets appointed as a United States senator by a corrupt political machine and ends up fighting against it.

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Researchers predict a large cyanobacterial bloom in Lake Erie this year.

But it will probably not be as bad as 2011 and 2015, when the blooms covered a large area of western Lake Erie.

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Nationwide raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants have been scheduled to begin this Sunday, according to a report from The New York Times.

 

Sinai-Grace Hospital avoids loss of Medicare funding

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After facing the loss of its Medicare funding, officials from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs say Sinai-Grace Hospital has passed an inspection to determine whether it would keep the funding. In early March, the Detroit Medical Center’s hospital was found to be in violation of numerous Medicare compliance rules and was threatened with being removed from its Medicare funding program.

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Midwives will need a license to practice in Michigan, starting in August. It's the first time midwives will need a license to practice in the state.

The Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery was formed in 2017 to set new rules for midwives. It recently issued the new rules, which go into effect on August 1st. There will also be clearer guidelines for determining when births need additional medical care. 

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Today on Stateside, why West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash made the decision to leave the Republican Party, and what he thinks he'll accomplish as an independent. Plus, what the future of the manufacturing sector in Michigan will look like as technology continues to transform how we make things. 

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A majority of Americans see manufacturing as vital to the country's economy, but much fewer are confident about its future. That's according to a new survey from the Brookings Institute. 

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The Michigan Supreme Court says prosecutors in criminal cases cannot rely on experts to testify on how often children typically lie or tell the truth about sex abuse. The court says juries were swayed by opinions, not the facts, in two individual cases.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other attorneys general from across the U.S. to ask a court to force the federal government to keep children safe in immigration detention centers. The brief says media reports detail “deplorable and inhumane conditions,” including being denied basic necessities like like clean water and soap.

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