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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 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 dogs: Gus and Seamus.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana law, officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, goes into effect today. Well, part of it, at least.

Voters passed Proposal 1 last month, making Michigan the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Michigan State Capitol
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Michigan State Capitol Building
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Governor Rick Snyder will now decide whether to approve major changes to voter initiated laws. Ballot proposals that would increase the state’s minimum wage and require employers to offer earned sick time were adopted by the Legislature in September. Now lawmakers have passed bills to limit their impact.

The efforts were met with opposition as protesters filled committee hearings and yelled in the halls of the Capitol. They’re frustrated that an initiative they wanted on the ballot is now being changed – and quickly – by lawmakers that aren’t coming back next year.

The Michigan State Capitol
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Tuesday was a busy day for legislators in Lansing.

Lawmakers are pushing through bills at a breathtaking pace before the new Legislature, and Democratic leaders, take office in January. Protesters were also at the Capitol most of the day – they’re frustrated with controversial bills moving quickly through the Legislature.

Michigan State University sign
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Michigan State University has completed its payment to the funds designated for survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, officials announced Tuesday.

George Perles
Michigan State University

Michigan State University trustee George Perles has resigned.

The 84-year-old Perles has dealt with Parkinson's disease for many years, and in his resignation letter says his age and health contributed to his decision.

Warren Transmission Operations
General Motors

Two Michigan auto factories will halt production in 2019.

General Motors announced Monday morning that the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and Warren transmission operations plant will cease production in 2019, as well as plants in Ontario, Ohio, and Maryland.

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the past year, to reconnect with family and friends, and to express gratitude for the all that is good in our lives.

But more importantly, Thanksgiving is a time to eat.

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When my kids were in elementary school, they would take AR tests. AR was short for Accelerated Reading, and the idea was positive reinforcement. At any time a kid could take a quick comprehension test on a book that they had read. If they passed, they got points, and there were rewards for a certain number of points.

Here are election results from the major races we are following. Polls close at 8 p.m., and results will be updated as they come in.

Listen to live election coverage on Michigan Radio: 91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 Flint, 104.1 West Michigan, or stream it from the player above. You can also follow the results on Twitter.

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Update, November 7, 2018:

Michiganders passed Proposal 1, making recreational marijuana legal in the state, on November 6. Read our article about what the proposal will do below.

Tim Suprise of Kalamazoo lived up to his name this week, when he was featured in campaign videos for both the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate candidates this week.

On Monday, Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow released an ad touting her support of the craft beer industry, featuring Arcadia Brewing Company founder Tim Suprise.

Kasey O'Dea

It’s late on a fall evening. Dark. September 16th, 2004.

A 17-year old girl walks towards the bright lights of a hospital in Lansing, Michigan.

She’s with her mom and a police officer.

Courtesy of Trinea Gonczar

It’s the 1996 Olympics. The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team is on the verge of winning their first team gold medal. Kerri Strug is their last chance. She sprints toward the vault, launches into the air, and falls on the landing.

Michigan's 14th congressional district
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Update, November 7, 2018:

Michiganders passed Proposal 2 on November 6, drastically changing the way districts are drawn in the state. Read our article about what the proposal will do below.

Kyle Stephens
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

A former Michigan State University psychologist has been forced to surrender his license for not reporting the suspected abuse of a minor by Larry Nassar.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the state Attorney General's office issued a consent order against Gary Stollak Friday.

Stollak was a child psychologist at MSU in 2004, when then-12-year-old Kyle Stephens was allegedly brought to him after telling her parents Nassar had sexually abused her. 

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Students across Michigan are heading back to school this month, and in some cities, students won’t be getting their water out of drinking fountains.

In August, Detroit Public Schools Community District announced that all drinking water in the district would be shut off indefinitely after elevated lead and copper levels were discovered. As of September 19, results found elevated levels in water fixtures at 57 of 86 schools tested so far. And in Flint, the public schools plan to continue using water bottles until January.

Larry Nassar
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

A former Michigan State University field hockey player has alleged former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar raped and impregnated her in 1992, and that former athletic director and head football coach George Perles covered it up. Perles is currently a member of the Michigan State Board of Trustees.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Last week, the Michigan legislature adopted the minimum wage increase initiative, officially taking it off the November ballot. The legislature had previously adopted two other initiatives, paid sick leave and repealing the prevailing wage.

Now, only three proposals will appear on the November ballot, and the state elections board has finalized the language for all three. 

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Detroit students won't be drinking out of water fountains when school starts next week.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District announced Wednesday that students will be using bottled water after tests showed elevated lead and copper levels at some of the schools.

Garlin Gilchrist II and Lisa Lyons
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Two weeks after the primary election, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have chosen their running mates.

Republican Bill Schuette announced last week that former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would join him on the ticket. And as of Monday, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will run with Detroit political activist Garlin Gilchrist II.

Michigan State University sign
Michigan State University

Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages is facing two criminal charges in Ingham County related to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office charged Klages with two counts of lying to investigators on Thursday. 

Aretha Franklin sings "My Country Tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.
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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. She was 76.

Reports of Franklin's declining health began early Monday, with family members confirming that the singer was gravely ill and hospitalized in Detroit.

Here are election results from the major races we are following. Polls close at 8 p.m., results are updated every five minutes.

2018 primary ballot
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Michigan's primary election is tomorrow, and many voters are still undecided about who to support in the gubernatorial primary.

Candidates for the 11th District House of Representatives seat.
Michigan Radio

It’s less than one week until primary day, and the 10 (that’s right, 10) candidates running to replace U.S. Rep. Dave Trott are in the final stretch of what has been a hectic primary race.

The 11th District, which kind of circles around the northwest edge of Wayne County, has a strange political history. Three of the district’s four last representatives were Republicans, and voters went for Mitt Romney and then Donald Trump in the last two elections. But voters also chose Barack Obama in 2008, by a higher margin than either Romney or Trump. The district also surrounds two Democratic strongholds: Wayne and Oakland counties.

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Michigan is not doing a good job educating children with disabilities. That’s according to a recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

Michigan was the only state rated as needing federal intervention after failing to meet special education standards.

A few weeks before that letter became public, Detroit Public Schools Community District announced it would be doing a massive overhaul of its special education program.

Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer for Governor

Michiganders head to the polls on August 7, and Michigan Radio is here to help you decide how to cast your ballot. From now until Election Day, we'll be highlighting a different gubernatorial or attorney general candidate, including their past interviews with Michigan Radio.

Learn about today's candidate below, and find more candidates here. 

Name: Gretchen Whitmer

Age: 46

Patrick Colbeck
MI Senate

Michiganders head to the polls on August 7, and Michigan Radio is here to help you decide how to cast your ballot. From now until Election Day, we'll be highlighting a different gubernatorial or attorney general candidate, including their past interviews with Michigan Radio.

Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick and Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

More than a hundred "sister survivors" took the stage at the ESPY Awards last night to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. They represented just a fraction of the women and girls who survived the sexual abuse of former sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Since Rachael Denhollander came forward with her story in September 2016, more than 300 women and girls have bravely told their stories of abuse. 

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