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President Joe Biden is addressing a joint session of Congress on the eve of 100 days in office. Watch his remarks live. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order on Friday until May 24.

The order includes expansion of mask requirements to children ages 2 to 4 to further protect the state’s residents. That part of the order takes effect April 26.

This addresses the increase in cases among younger Michiganders and follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, according to MDHHS.

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People living in some Detroit and Hamtramck neighborhoods will get a chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine close to home this week and next. Mobile vaccination clinics at more than a dozen sites are set to start on Wednesday April 14, and run through the following Wednesday.

State and city health officials are targeting areas at higher risk for COVID based on factors like race, housing, and transportation. Detroit's vaccination rate has consistently lagged the state average.

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President Biden is giving the first prime-time address of his presidency to mark one year of the coronavirus pandemic, a day after Congress passed a massive relief package. More than 500,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.

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March 10 marks one year since Michigan’s first confirmed COVID-19 case. We want to know how COVID has changed your life this year. What’s the worst thing the pandemic has brought - and what’s the best thing?

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More than a dozen people gathered outside U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' (D-Mich.) Detroit office on Monday to support a provision in the latest coronavirus relief package to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. 


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Serial sexual predator Larry Nassar is asking the Michigan Supreme Court for permission to be re-sentenced by a different judge.

Nassar’s attorneys claim the judge in the state case – Ingham County’s Rosemarie Aquilina – was biased against Nassar.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to give her third State of the State address Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. According to the state, Whitmer will reflect on "actions she has taken as governor to support Michiganders, eradicating COVID-19 and strengthening the state’s economy, and fixing the road ahead." 

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

Coverage is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up a resolution that would call on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and take over President Trump's duties. The effort comes as the House is also pursuing a second impeachment against the president over the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Members of Congress are reconvening on Wednesday evening to continue the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden's White House win, hours after violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing party leadership to evacuate the scene while rioters overtook the complex.


Dec 30, 2020
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Dustin Dwyer is an audio reporter who can do it all, from quick turn sound-rich features on last night’s events, to long-form investigative stories requiring months of work and lots of documents and data.

Two examples of Dustin’s long-form work are provided in this entry.

This first is a feature Dustin turned overnight after covering a BLM protest in Grand Rapids. Dustin finds a character to follow and tells the story the way no other media outlet could, avoiding the cliché coverage and providing a fresh insight into the protest.

Eight inches of rainfall in late May 2020 caused two dams on the Titabawassee River in mid-Michigan to give way. Overnight, the city of Midland was flooded. While early warnings prevented any deaths from the dam breaks, the flooding caused huge amounts of damage, feared dioxin contamination, and debates over how the dams could have been kept in such ill repair.

Provided here is some of Michigan Radio’s coverage in the first 24 hours after the dams failed.

This track includes excerpts from six episodes from Michigan Radio's limited run series, Kids These Days. Reporters take a look into racism and protest, the realities of anxiety, first kisses stories that mean a lot more than just a kiss, and much more.

Minute breakdown:

00:00 - EP 1 - Race
15:26 - EP 3 - Anxiety
22:30 - EP 5 - Teen Life
29:26 - EP 4 - Identity + Sex
44:45 - EP 8 - Perfection
52:25 - EP 9 - Advice

On March 10th, 2020, the night of the state’s primary election, much of the Michigan Radio news team was already working late in the newsroom when Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference to announce the state’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19. The news team suddenly had to grapple with a virus that quickly raged out of control and within weeks, drove Michigan to near the top of the list of hardest hit states in the country for COVID. Here's a sample of the many stories we reported in 2020.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, will be giving an update on COVID-19 in Michigan at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. You can watch their comments in the live video below.  

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Joe Biden is addressing the American people as president-elect after a win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed on Saturday. Watch his remarks live at 8 p.m.

The Associated Press declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST. The AP called the race for Biden, who held a 34,243-vote lead after it determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up.

Updated November 7, 2020 at 11:38 a.m.: The Associated Press has called Pennsylvania for Joe Biden, giving him 284 electoral votes, naming him President-Elect. Many states are still tallying ballots. For more, head here.

Peter Meijer, an Iraq war veteran and heir to a multibillion dollar fortune, has won the open seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. No Democrat has represented Grand Rapids in Congress in nearly half a century. Hillary Scholten came closer than most. But Meijer still won the race by 6 percentage points.

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Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.

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Following news that an alleged domestic terrorist group plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel spoke with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about the arrests of six people, as well as additional charges she announced against seven others at a press conference Thursday afternoon. For more on that story, please follow our developing coverage.


New legislation would make it easier for former University of Michigan athletes to file civil lawsuits against U of M alleging sexual abuse by a now-deceased university physician.

Dr. Robert Anderson spent more than 30 years at U of M. More than a hundred former students suing the university say he abused them under the guise of medical treatment.

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The Washtenaw County Health Department has issued an order that limits the size of outdoor gatherings and events. The order applies to gatherings within the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Those gatherings are now limited to 25 people, down from 100. The health department says it's issuing this restriction ahead of students returning to area universities.

This is a developing story. Last update was Thursday August 20 at 5:17 p.m. 

Michigan will pay $600 million to compensate Flint residents whose health was damaged by lead-tainted drinking water after the city heeded state regulators’ advice not to treat it properly.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the preliminary settlement Thursday morning, after the details had been leaked to news outlets late Wednesday.