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MaKayla Ealy

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MaKayla is a recent Michigan transplant hailing from Arkansas with a deep love for storytelling which has translated to a love for public radio. She loves being outdoors (and welcomes any recommendations for great hiking spots), cooking for her fiancée, and is a budding horticulturist. She is studying Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

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The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is fast tracking hundreds of licenses for graduating nurses, medical doctors, and osteopathic physicians across the state.

Many medical facilities are experiencing a shortage of healthcare personnel due to COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying to increase the number of healthcare professionals fighting the pandemic as soon as possible. The graduates have already completed their respective programs and are just going through the typical procedures before they can get to work.

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The Michigan Department of Treasury is warning taxpayers about a possible uptick in phishing and phone scams.

The stimulus package approved by President Donald Trump last week will provide most adults with $1,200 deposited directly into their bank account. The state Department of Treasury expects scammers to ramp up efforts to intercept those federal checks meant to help citizens cope with the financial strain of COVID-19.

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Oakland County’s first COVID-19 patient is "in good shape," according to county officials. The patient was tested Tuesday and the positive result came in late that night. 

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Michigan voters headed to the polls Tuesday to weigh in the presidential primary, as well as more than 200 local ballot questions across the state. The primary is also the first statewide test of Michigan's same-day voter registration rules since voters passed Propsal 3 in 2018. 

After hearing reports of long lines of voters at Ann Arbor's City Hall, we sent a few reporters to check it out.

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Detroit mayor Mike Duggan announced a new program that aims to preserve affordable housing on Monday at Conner Creek Senior Apartments.

The city says the "Preservation Partnership" is meant to renovate apartment buildings that already have low rents and reduce the displacement of low-income families by keeping the rent low. The initiative is part of the city’s Multifamily Affordable Housing Strategy intended to preserve low-income housing in areas at risk of gentrification.

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As spring breaks wrap up, university campuses across the state are preparing for students and faculty returning from travel abroad with coronavirus anxieties in mind.

Universities are prompting returning students to self-monitor for symptoms. Faculty, students and staff traveling to or from China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

Michael Vrooman is the Chief International Officer for Grand Valley State University. He says students there should miss minimal instruction time.

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Fair Tax Michigan is a self-proclaimed grassroots coalition hoping to add a graduated income tax proposal to the ballot this fall.

The group submitted language to the Board of State Canvassers that would replace the current flat income tax rate of 4.25% with a tiered plan taxing higher earners at higher rates.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on its recovery plan for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. The snake has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 2016. State officials say Michigan has the largest population of massasaugas, but disappearing wetlands are jeopardizing its habitat.

Amy Bleisch is the DNR’s endangered species coordinator. She’s hopeful the state can help ensure the long-term viability of the snake.

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Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday morning. Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action advocated for two bills; one would make it illegal in Michigan for convicted domestic abusers to own or buy firearms. The other is meant to close the "boyfriend gap," which makes it harder to convict abusers who are not married to their victims.

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Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez filed a formal complaint earlier this month with the Genesee Intermediate School District over special education funding.

Flint gets less money from the county compared to other districts, even though it has more kids who qualify for special education services. 

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Updated Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:53 p.m.:

A sixth person is accusing a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse. The university says it has received more than 20 calls to a hotline since it announced an investigation into Dr. Robert E. Anderson Wednesday.

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Flint pediatrician, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, testified during a House hearing on Tuesday for the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule.

The proposal has been criticized for not being aggressive enough to effectively decrease lead levels in lead-contaminated drinking water.