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State officials check out the Detroit Bulk Storage site.

State water tests are coming back after a Detroit river shoreline collapsed at a polluted property that’s upstream from one of the Great Lakes Water Authority's drinking water intakes. 

The property now used by Detroit Bulk Storage was used by a company that made uranium parts for bombs in the 1940s, and subsequently by other industries that polluted the soil.

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Detroit city officials announced investments to improve community safety and animal care in the city. This comes months after 9-year-old Emma Hernandez was mauled to death by three dogs.

The dogs' owner was charged with murder back in August and the dogs were euthanized, but that wasn’t the first time a kid was killed by dogs in the city. In 2015, four pit bulls killed 4-year-old Xavier Strickland, pulling him away from his mother and dragging him under a fence.

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A major Flint-based company has been bought by a Minnesota company.

UnitedHealth Group's OptumRx pharmacy care services unit announced Monday that it is acquiring Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. for $300 million.

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A bill recently passed in the state Senate would prevent law enforcement from using facial recognition technology.

Republican Senator Peter Lucido is a bill sponsor. He says technology is developing faster than state laws.

“This is just a law to catch up to what it is that is going on. People are being searched without any warrant based on electronics,” Lucido said.

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A state House committee this week considers a package of bills meant to improve protection for neglected and abused Michigan children.

A 2018 audit found serious issues in Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services.  

Centering the classroom on climate resilience

Dec 9, 2019
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Once a week, two young men take over Jessica Krueger-Koupal’s Algebra II classroom at Ypsilanti Community High School.

Their names are Logan Applebee and Keem King, and they work for the Detroit-based non-profit EcoWorks. They help teachers facilitate discussions on climate resilience, in communities that could see a disproportionate share of climate disruption.

Today on Stateside, a team from Emory University is in Michigan this week to take blood samples from people who were exposed to polybrominated biphenyls—or PBBs—in the 1970s. Plus, is new technology the key to fighting climate change—or is a radical cultural shift needed? 

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Groups supporting a ban on child marriages in Michigan are renewing their call on the Legislature to take action on a package of bills to outlaw the practice.

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A new study out of the University of Michigan finds the bodies of migratory birds are shrinking - and it could be due to climate change.

The data was collected in Chicago over roughly 40 years. Researchers collected the bodies of birds that collided with buildings. The study uses some 70,000 birds covering 52 species as its data set.

If you're head over heels about someone, it's clear that you've stumbled into a metaphorical somersault of love.

Wouldn't "heels over head" make more sense though?

Generally speaking, our heads are over our heels most of the time, even when we're not in a state of unconstrained infatuation.

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An undocumented Ann Arbor man with serious health problems has received a medical deferment allowing him to stay in the United States, his lawyer says.

Abraham Navarrete-Morales is from Mexico. He received a kidney transplant last year, and needs costly medications to keep his body from rejecting the organ.

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State environmental regulators say tests done Friday show below-background levels of radiation at the site of a partial shoreline collapse into the Detroit River. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has filed a legal brief that supports a lawsuit challenging state payments to private and parochial schools.

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More than 150 protesters gathered in downtown Grand Rapids as part of a national climate strike Friday.

They want Senator Gary Peters and other Democrats to commit to the Green New Deal.

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State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) is on federal trial facing 30 years in prison for corruption charges. On Friday, the fourth day of the trial, five people — including Inman — took the stand.

Inman is accused of trying to sell his vote to a labor union last year. But he testified that political pressure from other republicans — not cash — factored into how he would vote.

After nearly a decade, Bodies Revealed is returning to the GRPM. This exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before.

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There is so much to catch your eye: Tiki statues, tiki mugs, tiki décor of every description, and more than a dash of 1960s living room kitsch. Max’s South Seas Hideaway is the newest tiki bar in Grand Rapids and the epitome of a “tiki palace” in Michigan.

Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings sat down with co-owner Mark Sellers in a cozy little corner filled with tiki art and mid-century suburban furniture to talk to him about the two-story tiki bar and restaurant.

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 Michigan Court of Appeals says a lawsuit filed by people wrongly accused of unemployment insurance fraud can proceed.

The lawsuit stems from the state's reliance on a new - and defective - software program which wrongly flagged more than 40,000 claims as fraudulent between 2013 and 2015.

John Auchter

Every once is a while I come up with a cartoon that says all I have to say about a topic, so I don't really have any backstory or additional commentary. I'm just truly mystified.

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Dungeons & Dragons is having a cultural revival, and not just in Hawkins. In Ann Arbor, the tabletop fantasy roleplaying game is being played regularly by all kinds of people — including those nerdy kids-now-adults that played it in the 1970s and 80s.

Kids like Al McWilliams. When he heard a friend was playing D&D, McWilliams recalls, he instantly wanted in.

Pet coke piles on Detroit riverfront in 2013.
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A Windsor politician is calling for a bi-national investigation - and an environmental group is calling for the restoration of Michigan's "Polluter Pay" laws.

That's after part of a property owned by Detroit Bulk Storage collapsed into the Detroit River last week.  The collapse is initially being blamed on the weight of massive piles of sand, gravel and other construction materials the company is storing on site.

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Today on Stateside, an old industrial site contaminated with uranium since the World War II has partially collapsed into the Detroit River. Plus, a group of West Michigan musicians have brought old Michigan folk songs once sung by sailors and lumberjacks back to life.

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New bills in the state House would put Michigan’s water – including groundwater – in a public trust. That means that the waters would have to be reserved for the public’s use, and the state would have to protect the water for that purpose.

Gov. Whitmer names law professor to MSU Board of Trustees

Dec 5, 2019

A University of Houston Law Center professor who spent more than ten years at Michigan State University has been appointed to the MSU Board of Trustees.

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Vice President Mike Pence talked about the economy, national security and the impeachment inquiry at a campaign rally in Holland on Wednesday night. 

Outside of the campaign rally, there were more than 100 protesters calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

Michigan State Capitol
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The Republican-led Legislature has passed legislation that would restore more than half of the proposed spending that was vetoed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The votes are a sign that Michigan's budget impasse may soon end.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says there has been "significant progress" in talks, though no deal.

The Senate and House approved bills on Wednesday to reverse 27 of Whitmer's 147 line-item vetoes and some of her fund transfers.

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Michigan is among the states expected to be hardest hit by changes announced on Wednesday in the federal food stamp program.

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

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Some Democratic state lawmakers want universal background checks for all people looking to own a firearm. They plan to introduce bills in the House and Senate.

washed away dunes and a deck perched on the edge
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Today on Stateside, Great Lakes water levels are at record or near-record highs, leading to dramatic shoreline erosion and threatening lakeshore properties. Plus, the Detroit origins of the spiral cut ham, a holiday dinner staple. 

Gretchen Driskell
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Former Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell announced her candidacy Wednesday for the United States House of Representatives, seeking to represent Michigan’s 7th Congressional District.

It's the third time Driskell has run against incumbant Republican Congressman Tim Walberg, now in his sixth term of office in the U.S. House.