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Updated July 15 at 1:30 p.m.

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has approved a petition initiative to repeal the emergency powers law used by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the earliest months of the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative cannot be vetoed by Whitmer. The initiative now goes to the state House, which is expected to approve it next week. 

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The Belle Isle Aquarium will reopen on Friday, relieving the ennui that has set in among fish, eels, and frogs since the building closed to visitors last March as a response to the onset of the pandemic. 

"The fish actually react to people so there's a lot of enrichment with people coming by and seeing them and then when no one was around, they just kind of become lethargic,” said Dr. Paul Shuert, a curator at the Aquarium. “There's no excitement for them."

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Long COVID is a range of prolonged symptoms after a COVID infection. It can include brain fog, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues—not to mention anxiety and depression. But there can also be some financial side effects: high out-of-pocket costs and medical debt.

Fifteen months after getting COVID, Becca Meyer from Kalamazoo is still dealing with some serious side effects. She’s also trying to manage the financial burden of Long COVID.

Flooding in a Detroit neighborhood on June 26.
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Severe storms led to major flooding in Metro Detroit in late June, and caused massive damage to homes and businesses in the region. There were also problems with two pumping stations on the city's east side: Freud and Conner Creek.

The Great Lakes Water Authority operates both of those stations. Now, GLWA's board of directors is conducting its own investigation, separate from management, into the issues with the two pumping stations.

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An old industrial site in Flint has been chosen to become Michigan’s next state park.

The Whitmer administration wants to spend more than $26 million in federal COVID relief funds to turn the former “Chevy in the Hole” site into Michigan’s 104th state park.

a nurse holds a vial of one of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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There could be money in getting vaccinated.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the first four $50,000 COVID-19 vaccine “MI Shot to Win” lottery prize winners Wednesday. There will also be a $1 million drawing, a $2 million drawing and scholarship prizes.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying to reassure tens of thousands of Michiganders who’ve been warned they might have to pay back federal jobless benefits.

This affects nearly 650,000 people who initially qualified for the "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" program. 

The problem is the state included four ways a person could qualify that ultimately were not approved by the federal government. 

Larry Nassar listens to Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina hand down his sentence of 175 years in prison.
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After receiving reports of sexual abuse of athletes by former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar in July 2015, senior officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Indianapolis field office failed to respond with the "urgency that the allegations required."

A collage of the Flint River
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Today on Stateside, an update on the Flint Water Crisis settlement with Michigan Radio reporter Steve Carmody. Also, why mosquitoes are swarming Michigan this summer. Plus, botanical artist Lisa Waud brings flower power to the party store. And, a parts scarcity within the Michigan auto industry.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the White House for a disaster declaration to secure federal aid to deal with damage from last month's flooding in southeast Michigan.

Parts of the region saw about 7 inches of rain over a 12-hour period between the night of June 25 and the morning of June 26.

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Slap! Spray! Scratch! The most biting of topics in Michigan right now is mosquitoes. Yes, there's a boom of bloodsuckers going on in the Great Lakes state.

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Today on Stateside, a federal judge weighed penalties for attorneys who tried to overturn Michigan’s 2020 election. And, Flint poet on his latest collections and republished work in Knopf. 

Flooding in metro Detroit this weekend.
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The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has received more than 24,000 claims of water damage from residents since the severe storms and floods that occurred on June 26.

5,400 of those claims are from households with senior citizens and those with disabilities. Those residents are eligible to have city crews come and clear debris from people's basements.

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Tuesday afternoon in the library at East Kentwood High School, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sat at a table surrounded by students and signed a statewide education budget bill 27 years in the making.

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The campaign to expand Michigan’s civil rights law has been given more time to show it has collected enough signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot.

The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign wants to add LGBTQ protections to the civil rights act.

The campaign is challenging a finding by the Michigan Bureau of Elections that it fell short of the necessary number of signatures of registered voters.

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Less than a month away from the July 23 opening ceremony, the nation is full of anticipation and excitement for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. Team USA boasts fantastic athletes like Simone Biles and Ryan Murphy, alongside an exceptional first-time Olympic hopeful from Michigan.

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Today on Stateside, why mosquitoes are swarming Michigan this summer. Also, we talk with an Olympic BMX freestyle rider about the road to Tokyo. Plus, why the tidal wave of visitors in Michigan’s public parklands is keeping rescue teams busy. And, one of Michigan’s busiest library systems welcomes visitors back to its branches.

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A new Michigan-based company is tapping into a market opened by a policy shift by the NCAA allowing student athletes to more readily use their name, image, and likeness to earn money. 

PlayBooked is an app that helps college athletes navigate business opportunities and legal rights following a reversal by the NCAA Board of Directors in June. 

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A long line of Flint residents told a federal judge Tuesday that they are being victimized again by the massive water crisis legal settlement.

Since the proposed settlement of civil claims was first announced last August, it has been lawyers doing most of the talking.This was the first time that Flint residents had a chance to share their thoughts on and objections to the deal.

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On Monday, a federal judge held the first of three days of hearings into objections to a $641 million settlement of Flint water crisis civil lawsuits.

More than 50,000 people have registered for a piece of the settlement of claims against the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, McLaren Flint Hospital and Rowe Engineering.

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In his debut poetry collection Stereo(TYPE), Jonah Mixon-Webster expresses the tensions and traumas he endures as a Black man, a queer individual, and a Flint native. Stereo(TYPE) was first published by Ahsahta Press in 2018, and will be re-released under Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on July 13.

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Nearly ten years after the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak sickened more than 750 people and killed 64 people nationally, the two men charged with the second-degree murder of 11 Michiganders are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene in their case. 

It’s a last ditch effort by Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin's legal teams to keep them from going to trial in this state, as the lower courts have ruled that they should.

Kamala Harris at the TCF Center in Detroit
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Vice President Kamala was in Detroit Monday, discussing voting rights and the COVID-19 vaccine. She arrived Monday morning, and participated in a voting rights listening session with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

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A coalition of groups is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to schedule public hearings on Consumers Energy's proposed 15-year plan, known as an Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP.

The plan lays out how the utility will maintain reliability while reducing emissions from its operations.

Bill Wood is Executive Director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. He noted Consumers plans to shut down all its coal plants by 2024, which is good. But it's switching to natural gas to take coal's place.

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As the state reopens, city councils are deciding how to proceed after a year of online meetings.

In Detroit, public health officials extended a local state of emergency.

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Attorneys accused of knowingly using inaccurate statements in an attempt to overturn the results of Michigan’s Presidential election will have to wait a few more weeks to learn if they face punishment for their actions.

Michigan and Detroit officials say Texas attorney Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and others should be sanctioned by a federal judge because their legal challenges were not about the truth but to purposely undermine the integrity of the election results.

MSU wants to train more nurses to treat survivors of sexual violence

Jul 12, 2021
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By 2024, Michigan State University wants to double the number of qualified nurses who can assess and treat survivors of sexual violence.

In Michigan, fewer than 200 nurses have their Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certification. A 1.4 million dollar federal grant is funding a three-year program to bring that training to more nurses around the state.

An eminent person can also be a prominent person. That same person can also be preeminent in their field. 

A self-described “confused” listener recently asked us whether there’s a difference between an eminent scientist and a preeminent scientist. And where does "prominent" fit in?

As Professor Anne Curzan tells us, the distinctions here are few.

The Flint Water Treatment Plant
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People will have the opportunity this week to raise objections to a proposed settlement of civil claims tied to the Flint water crisis.

Starting Monday, a federal judge will hold the first of three days of hearings.

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Today on Stateside, Michigan’s Supreme Court declines to extend deadlines for redrawing legislative boundaries. Also, one union pushes back on Trinity Health vaccine policy. Plus, how some Michigan college athletes flex the earning potential of their names, images and likeness. And, how the Detroit Public Theatre leveraged the pandemic year to find a new home, and set the stage for a new future.

Listen to the full show above or find individual interviews below.