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Lauren Talley

Morning Edition Producer

Lauren Talley returns to Michigan Radio nearly a decade after her very first internship as a newsroom intern.

In her role as Morning Edition producer, Lauren coordinates and edits interviews, writes scripts, news copy, and features, but mostly she helps make Doug sound good on air.

Before returning to Michigan Radio, Lauren spent six years producing for PBS in Washington, DC. She has degrees in journalism and Spanish from Michigan State University.

An Ann Arbor native, Lauren is happy to be back in the city where she was raised. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities, sewing, and playing with her hound/lab mix, Rufus.

South Quad residence hall at University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Resident advisors at the University of Michigan are ending their strike after nearly two weeks.

Members voted late Monday night to accept an offer from U of M's housing department.

Karianne Thomas

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas is resigning.

Her resignation comes after criticism of how the department has handled Black Lives Matter protests, including how officers responded to a Proud Boys rally on August 15 where members of the far-right hate group violently clashed with counter protesters.

ice hockey game at Yost Arena
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The University of Michigan has put voluntary summer workouts for four sports on hold.

In a statement, the U of M athletic department says it made the decision because of positive COVID-19 test results and contact tracing protocols.

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Oakland County has won an appeal in a lawsuit brought by inmates in the county jail. The lawsuit was related to conditions at the Oakland County jail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the lawsuit, inmates said they weren’t provided soap and disinfectant to clean surfaces and shared items, and that it was impossible to follow social distancing guidelines.

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Most Michiganders will have to wait a little longer before they can return to exercising inside a gym.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling late Wednesday night siding with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's decision to keep gyms closed in 66 counties across lower Michigan.

Whitmer speaking at a podium
State of Michigan

An effort to recall Governor Gretchen Whitmer can proceed, but it'll be an uphill climb to get enough signatures to get the recall effort on the ballot.

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the petition language Monday.

Albion resident Chad Baase is behind the petition.

Ann Arbor at sunset.
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

The city of Ann Arbor plans to become carbon neutral over the next 10 years. Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously early Tuesday morning to adopt guidelines for community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030.

The A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality plan would significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and offset the remaining emissions so that the community's overall carbon output is zero.

sewing machine and fabric on table
Tami Davis

On a recent Saturday morning I sat down at my sewing machine. Normally I like to sew clothes, but lately I've been making cloth masks. I tapped into my mom’s seemingly endless supply of fabric and so far I’ve made about 30 for family and friends.

“Everyone who sews has always secretly known that one day their stash would save the world and that day is now,” says Saginaw resident Tami Davis.

Davis leads the Mid-Michigan Mask Makers group – also known as 4-M. In March, an online post about mask making got her attention.

Warren Evans
Warren Evans on Instagram

Hiring and spending freezes are now in effect for Wayne County government. That’s under a new order signed by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

Wayne County officials forecast a revenue loss of at least $152 million because of the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Drivers whose licenses would otherwise expire during Michigan's COVID-19 emergency declaration get a reprieve under a new executive order signed Monday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. 

McLaren Hospital in Flint.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A fourth Michigan healthcare worker has died of complications from COVID-19. It's the first coronavirus-related death of a healthcare worker outside of Detroit.

Patrick Cain died on Saturday. He worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Flint's McLaren Hospital.

Kelly Indish is president of Local 875 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. It's the union that represents McLaren nurses.

In an email to Michigan Radio, she wrote that, “Our hearts are heavy right now at McLaren Flint.”

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As cases of coronavirus rise in Michigan, the state's courts now must limit the number of people inside courtrooms to 10 to practice social distancing.

That's according to an order issued by the state Supreme Court Wednesday.

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University of Michigan

The highest-ranking elected official at the University of Michigan says he too was abused by the late sports physician Robert Anderson.

That's according to an exclusive interview with the Detroit News.

Ron Weiser is the chairman of the University of Michigan's Board of Regents.

washed away dunes and a deck perched on the edge
Courtesy of Jim Davlin

A relatively dry February in Michigan still produced record-setting monthly water levels in four out of the five Great Lakes.

That's bad news for residents living along the state's coastlines, where shoreline erosion continues.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tracks lake levels on a weekly basis.

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State officials report a fourth person has died from lung injuries due to vaping.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services says it was notified Wednesday about the death of an adult female.


Another former UAW official has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in the ongoing corruption investigation of the union.

A judge sentenced Michael Grimes to 28 months in prison. That’s longer than what prosecutors requested.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan State University has a new football coach. The school announced Wednesday that Mel Tucker will replace Mark Dantonio next season.

Dantonio retired from MSU last week after 13 seasons with the school. Tucker was previously the head coach at the University of Colorado.

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Update 9:03 a.m. Friday, January 31: Michigan State Police says all 911 dispatch centers across the state are up and running.

A "fiber optic technical issue" affected a number of emergency phone lines early this morning.

MSP says Peninsula Fiber Network, LLC is investigating the cause of the outage.

airport terminal
Vito Palmisano / Detroit Metro Airport

Detroit Metro Airport is taking extra precaution by screening some passengers for the deadly coronavirus.

That's after the number of confirmed cases in China rose to nearly 6,000 as of Wednesday morning. The death toll is now at 132.

DTW is among 20 airports around the country that recently began testing.

detroit police car
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is investigating a sergeant who allegedly didn't respond to an incident last week where a fellow officer was fatally shot.

Craig says video shows the sergeant sat in a squad car when a call came in that two officers were shot during a home invasion investigation.

“I'm struggling with that decision,” Craig told reporters. “Now again he was in the area, but he was not managing the scene.”

Craig spoke to reporters after a vigil last night for officer Rasheen McClain that was held at Detroit's 12th precinct.

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Kalamazoo police say a 14-year-old city resident posted the original online threat of violence that closed Kalamazoo’s Loy Norrix High School on Monday.

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The president of the United Auto Workers has been named as a co-conspirator in a court filing against another union official. The two are accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It's the latest twist in the ongoing investigation into corruption by UAW officials.

Ford Motor Company's headquarters in Dearborn.
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers have struck a tentative agreement on a four-year contract after three days of negotiations.

The agreement comes after a lengthy UAW strike against General Motors, which ended in a new four-year contract. It's typical for the UAW to use its first deal as a model for negotiations with the other two Detroit car companies.

If the two automakers combine, it would create the world's fourth largest car maker.
Fiat Chrysler

Update: October 31, 2019 The boards of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot have approved merging the two companies in a move that would create the world's fourth-largest automaker. The companies have combined revenues of more than $188 billion. The 50-50 merger is expected to happen without any factory closures. 

A rusty barrel in the woods
Bryce Huffman

A secret federal hearing will determine whether Wolverine Worldwide has to extend municipal water to residents whose groundwater was contaminated by the company's tannery in West Michigan.

A judge ruled the public won't be allowed in the courtroom for the "summary jury trial" next month.

Fisher Investments

The state of Michigan will no longer work with financial adviser Fisher Investments.

That's after CNBC and the Washington Post reported the group’s founder and CEO Ken Fisher made crude comments at the Tiburon CEO Summit in San Francisco.

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Abortion rights opponents reached the halfway point in a petition drive to ban dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortions.

Michigan Values Life includes Right to Life of Michigan and some churches. The group says it has collected more than 200,000 signatures toward its goal of 400,000. Officials say the count does not include signatures thought to be invalid.

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A federal judge says St. Vincent Catholic Charities and other faith-based adoption agencies with state contracts can refuse to place children with same sex couples while a lawsuit is pending.

A federal judge ruled late Thursday against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

headshot of Becca and David

David Feingold has bipolar disorder. He discussed how the disease has shaped his work as an artist and how it contributed to his divorce from his ex-wife. He spoke with his current significant other Becca Buchalter at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Flint.

architect's rendering of hospital building
Michigan Medicine

The University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved money for the construction a new, nearly $1 billion hospital in Ann Arbor.

The new 12-story adult hospital will serve critical-care patients with conditions affecting the brain, spine, and heart, among others.

It will include a state-of-the art neurological and neurosurgical center, and 264 private rooms. That means all Michigan Medicine patient rooms will be private single rooms.