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Emma Winowiecki

Digital Producer

Emma is a producer and reporter for the digital news team at Michigan Radio. Her duties span all things web-related, from reporting news online to producing videos to creating maps and graphics for other reporters.

A native of northern Michigan, Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Film Studies. As such, she is a movie and TV junkie, and is always up for a game of trivia. Her other passions include reading, cooking, and taking too many pictures of her golden retriever, Gus.

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg)
Michigan House of Representatives

State Representative Larry Inman (R-Traverse City) has been voted out of the House Republican caucus by his fellow GOP legislators.

Inman was charged on May 15 with soliciting a bribe, extortion, and lying to the FBI. He is currently scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Grand Rapids. 

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg)
Michigan House of Representatives

A federal grand jury indicted state Rep. Larry Inman on charges of attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.

Inman is a Republican from the Traverse City area who is serving his third term in the House after decades as a local official in northern Michigan.

PFAS foam along the Huron River.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

State officials are warning Michiganders to completely avoid touching PFAS foam. Previously, they emphasized not ingesting it.

PFAS (poly and perfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of chemicals used in firefighting foam, water-proofing substances, and more. The chemicals have been found in 119 municipal water systems.

U.S. Supreme Court
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Last week, a federal court ruled that Michigan's Republican lawmakers had unconstitutionally drawn district lines. Now, those lawmakers have appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In its decision, the U.S. District Court said Republicans had violated the First and Fourth Amendments by unconstitutionally drawing district lines to favor their party. The Court ordered the Legislature and governor to work together to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election.

flower covered in snow
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The National Weather Service says snow is expected throughout Michigan this weekend. Cue the exasperated sighs of Michiganders everywhere.

City of Flint Water Plant
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Five years ago, the city of Flint switched its water to the Flint River. Citizens soon complained of dirty, foul-smelling water. Doctors found evidence of high lead levels in children. Outside researchers proved the city’s water (because of a lack of corrosion control) was corroding pipes, bacteria levels skyrocketed, and thousands of people were without clean water.

That began five years ago. Now, many people still say that Flint, Michigan doesn’t have clean water.  

The problem is, those claims are misleading. 

Michigan Radio was honored to accept the Scripps Howard Award in Radio/Podcast for Believed Thursday evening.

Reporter and Believed co-host Kate Wells accepted the award on behalf of the entire team. You can watch her acceptance speech below.

3D rendering of the measles virus
Centers for Disease Control

Michigan is now among a growing list of states experiencing measles outbreaks, with state health officials confirming 40 cases so far in Oakland County, one in Wayne County, and one in the City of Detroit since March 13. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines an outbreak as three or more cases.

Monday: Public Radio Stereotypes
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

This week, Michigan Radio employees participated in an unofficial competition between member stations: Public Radio Cake Week!

The baking competition began eight years ago on Facebook as a friendly contest to see which public radio station could create the most fantastic cakes. The prize? Bragging rights.

This year Michigan Radio went all out, and pulled off some amazing experiments in baking! Every day of the week had a different theme: Public Radio Stereotypes, Historical Events in Cake, News Story of the Year, Surprise Inside, and Fondant-Free Friday.

books, notebook, and chalkboard
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The State Board of Education will vote Tuesday on a new set of social studies standards, after months of contention. 

In spring 2018, Republican State Sen. Patrick Colbeck and other conservative lawmakers stripped the proposed standards of references to climate change, Roe v. Wade, and LGBT rights, and reduced the number of references to the KKK and the NAACP. 

minimum wage
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Michiganders who are paid minimum wage will be getting a raise Friday. After many hurdles and changes, the state’s new minimum wage law is being put into effect.

The law originally started as a ballot initiative, although it looks very different from when it was adopted by the state Legislature in September 2018.

Mackinac Bridge
MBA

A new digital initiative by the Michigan Department of Transportation makes bridge safety data more accessible to Michiganders.

The Michigan Bridge Conditions Dashboard provides up-to-date information on more than 11,000 bridges throughout the state, including locally-owned bridges. 

Police vehicles line up on State St. near the scene.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Updated 3/16/19, 11:07 p.m.:

The University of Michigan's Public Affairs office released a statement late Saturday evening regarding the day's earlier emergency alert. In it, they noted the spread of misinformation "outside of DPSS channels" contributing to the confusion about what was happening on the Ann Arbor campus.

paczki
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Throughout Michigan today, thousands of people will be indulging in a rich, delicate fried pastry. It might be filled with jam or custard, covered in powdered sugar, or granulated sugar, or a glaze. It’s like a donut, but it’s lighter and the dough is less sweet.

The Michigan Union
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A University of Michigan professor and his husband were arrested in January on charges of sexual assault. Professor David Daniels is accused of drugging and raping a man in 2010, as well as soliciting sex from students.

Now, U of M is being criticized for keeping Daniels on its payroll, although he has been on administrative leave since August 2018.

Here's what you need to know about the latest sexual assault case to affect a Michigan university.

Walking along Lake Erie
Flickr user abdullahh

With March approaching, the end of winter is just barely within reach, which has many of us dreaming of hot summer days at the beach. And now the ability to have those long walks on the beach has just been guaranteed.

The Supreme Court rejected a case this week that would have called into question who is allowed to access Great Lakes beachfront property. 

Saugatuck Dunes
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying again to restructure the state Department of Environmental Quality. Whitmer signed a second executive order on Thursday to restructure the DEQ after the Legislature voted to overturn the initial order last week.

The Old Main building at Wayne State University
Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating two complaints of discrimination against men: one at the University of Michigan, and one at Wayne State University.

Mark Perry is a professor of economics at U of M Flint. In June 2018, he filed a complaint against the University to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan.gov

Updated Feb. 12, 2019, at 9:08 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, calling out two major crises she feels the state is facing: Michigan's crumbling infrastructure and failing schools. 

From steamy Motown soul to sweet modern acoustic, Michigan has a long history of love songs. So we decided to compile some of our favorites to celebrate the romantic side of our state. 

The "Sparty" statue on the MSU campus
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A 46-page report from the U.S. Department of Education claims Michigan State University displayed "a lack of institutional control" in the handling of the Larry Nassar scandal, and has violated federal campus safety laws for years.

Sami / Flickr

Winter has come for the Lower Peninsula. Schools were closed across the state Monday, as was pretty much everything else

With heavy snowfall and record-breaking low temperatures in the forecast throughout the week, here's what you need to know to stay warm and safe.

Snowshoeing in northern Michigan
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Another year, another frigid January in Michigan. Once again, temperatures are set to reach extreme lows over the next week. Scientists predict this extreme winter weather could be the new normal for the Midwest, thanks to climate change.

Some of us still need some clarification on how climate change is making winter worse, so we're republishing this story from the last time it reached these low temperatures in January 2018.

Detroit's Packard Plant bridge collapses

Jan 24, 2019
Collapsed Packard Plant bridge
Tony Brown / Michigan Radio

The historic Packard Plant bridge over East Grand Boulevard in Detroit collapsed the afternoon of January 23.

The Packard Plant was built in 1903 and stopped producing cars in 1956. The bridge, which was built in 1939, had in recent years become a famous landmark, especially for photographers of urban ruins.

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Michigan State University is paying the legal bills for three former officials who have been indicted on charges related to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the university has been billed $19.7 million for Nassar-related legal fees so far. The school is covering all or part of the legal fees for former President Lou Anna Simon, former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, and former Dean William Strampel. 

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

For nearly 20 years, Larry Nassar was able to sexually abuse hundreds of women and girls thanks to his reputation as a respected sports doctor at Michigan State University.

Now that those same survivors have put Nassar behind bars for the rest of his life, their attention is focused entirely on holding MSU accountable – those who knew of Nassar’s abuse, those who should have known, and a culture that allowed a predator to flourish for so long.

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler speaks at Hillsdale College on on January 25, 2009.
Chuck Grimmett / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

John Engler has resigned as Michigan State University's interim president, nearly one year after taking the job. Engler sent his letter of resignation to Board of Trustees chair Dianne Byrum Thursday evening. 

"This evening I received a letter of resignation from John Engler and this will be discussed and acted upon at the BOT meeting tomorrow morning," Byrum said on Twitter. 

Kyle Stephens
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

On this day last year, Kyle Stephens stood before Larry Nassar in an Ingham County courtroom and told him, "Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

books
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A new year calls for a new reading list, and the Library of Michigan is here to help.

Every year, the Library releases the Michigan Notable Book list, made up of books published the previous year which are about or take place in Michigan, or are by Michigan authors.

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