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Jodi Westrick

Digital Director

Jodi is Michigan Radio’s Digital Director, leading and developing the station’s overall digital strategy. She works with the news, programming, marketing, and membership teams to present the work Michigan Radio does in an engaging way. She spends a lot of time thinking of new ways to connect listeners to the station across a variety of digital platforms.

Born and raised in Michigan, Jodi previously spent time in Washington, D.C.,  working as a digital media producer for Animal Planet and The Washington Post. She's a graduate of Hillsdale College, and holds a Masters in Journalism from American University. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball, reading, photography, spending time with family, and sharing photos of and stories about her two rescue cats, Otis and Etta.

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Beginning February 1, indoor dining can resume in Michigan, but can only reopen at 25% capacity with up to 100 people, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced in a press conference Friday. Concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums, as well as personal services requiring mask removal will be able to resume as well.

In addition to capacity restrictions, restaurants and bars must close by 10 p.m. Restaurants must also collect contact information from diners for contact tracing purposes.

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When it's a big year for news, political cartoonists have plenty of material. Michigan Radio cartoonist John Auchter definitely took advantage of this year's chaotic news cycle.

Here are his seven most popular cartoons of the year.

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2020 has been a challenging year for many. But even with all that has happened, there were still stories of hope and inspiration, leading to some feel-good moments that we may have forgotten amid all the turmoil.

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If you didn't know already, our daily show, Stateside, recently revamped their sound to bring the important stories around our state into focus. Whether it’s the latest political news, interviews with artists and musicians,  or stories that just make you feel a little more connected to people around the state, the goal of the new podcast is to help you understand what's going on in Michigan, one conversation at a time. 

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The Michigan House has canceled its voting session scheduled for Tuesday following an announcement that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani tested positive for the coronavirus.

Giuliani visited Lansing last Wednesday to testify for hours before a Republican-led committee investigating alleged election irregularities. Without wearing a mask, he pushed lawmakers to ignore the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's win over Trump and appoint electors.

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In a message to the campus community Tuesday, Michigan State University President Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. asked students planning to live on campus for the fall semester to stay home and continue their education remotely. 

While many of MSU's classes were offered in remote formats, the university will work to transition remaining hybrid or in-person classes online over the next few weeks.

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Enbridge had temporarily shut down Line 5 after discovering significant damage to an anchor support on one of the dual pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac. The company notified the state about the damage on Thursday, according to a statement from the governor's office. The source of the damage is currently unclear.

Protesters stand in downtown Detroit the night of May 31, 2020.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Following two nights of protests in Detroit over the police killing of George Floyd, where police released tear gas on protesters in attempts to divide and separate the crowd, a mandated curfew seemed to help quell activity in the city on Sunday evening.

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For the fifth day this week, demonstrators gathered in Ann Arbor to protest excessive police force both nationally and locally. The protests were originally organized in support of Sha'Teina Grady El, who was shown being punched by a Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy in a video that spread across social media this week. 

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A Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputy has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted into a video recorded incident showing him apparently punching a woman in the head for refusing to leave the scene of a shooting.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order extending Michigan's stay-at-home order through May 28. It was previously set to expire after May 15.

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Jake Neher / WDET

On Monday, Bridge Magazine reported Governor Gretchen Whitmer was expected to sign an executive order that would effectively end the school year for Michigan students. However, Whitmer has told Michigan Radio that there won't be an order coming today and that coming up with a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of the students won't happen overnight. Whitmer did indicate that an order could be signed as soon as Wednesday, however.

Here are the latest COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in Michigan:

Have you been affected by the new coronavirus? Help us report: submit a tip

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As the information becomes available, Michigan Radio is tracking known exposure sites to the novel coronavirus in Michigan by county. This is not a complete list as not all information has been released. We will update it as information becomes available.

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Updated Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Monday an executive order prohibiting "all events over 50 people or assemblages in shared indoor spaces over 50 people." The order goes into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 9 a.m., and will remain in place until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.

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michigan.gov

Updated Tuesday, March 17 at 11:02 p.m.:

This page is no longer being actively updated. Please visit our tracking map for a breakdown of which counties have confirmed cases and how many are in each one. 

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The Board of Directors of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) voted unanimously to terminate the contract of John Hertel, its general manager, Friday. He's accused of parking personal cars at SMART facilities - an act the board says is a misuse of taxpayer funds.

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Updated: Thursday, March 12, at 11:05 p.m.:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday evening that the state is closing all K-12 buildings to students beginning Monday, March 16. 

Updated: Thursday, March 12 at 4:29 p.m.:

The NCAA has now canceled both the men's and women's basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring tournaments. 

Additionally, the Big Ten Conference has now canceled all conference and non-conference competitions for all spring sports through the end of the academic year, including NCAA tournaments and competitions. This also includes all sports that compete beyond the academic year. 

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General Motors is making a $2.2 billion investment in an assembly plant entirely devoted to electric vehicles, the company announced today. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will support 2,200 manufacturing jobs.

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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democratic Response following President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address on February 4, 2020. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the news in a press release Friday.

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The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has put its provost, Martin Philbert, on administrative leave, following several accusations of sexual misconduct. The provost is the university's second highest ranking administrator.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

On November 5, Michiganders will head to the polls. While there are many races happening across the state, here are the three mayoral races and one historic bond issue we're keeping an eye on and where you can go to find election day results.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is voting to formalize its ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution before lawmakers outlines the next steps in their investigation. Watch the debate and vote on the House floor live.

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High Great Lakes water levels are threatening some homes and other structures. On Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced a new plan to aid Michigan shoreline property owners affected by land erosion by those high lake levels.

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With a chill in the air, seasonal gourds decorating doorsteps, and candy lining store shelves — all signs are pointing to the fact that it's nearly Halloween. And what better way to celebrate than listening to chilling tales — both real and mythical — about our beloved state?

C.S. Mott Children's & Women's Hospital, East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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On Tuesday morning, a Michigan judge rejected a request to keep a 14-year-old boy on life support so his family could find another hospital. Washtenaw County Judge David Swartz said he had no power to intervene, although he understood the family's "heartbreak."

Following the decision, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital conducted a second brain death examination on Bobby Reyes of Monroe County late Tuesday morning, according to a statement from Michigan Medicine. As his family gathered in his room, mechanical ventilation was discontinued, and Reyes was pronounced dead.

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