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Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot have signed a deal for a 50-50 merger. The deal creates the world's fourth-largest automaker with annual sales of 8.7 million cars. It’ll be valued at $50 billion.  

The merger was first unveiled in October and the companies announced the binding terms in a joint statement Wednesday.

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Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR

The House of Representatives is meeting to debate and vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

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Kalamazoo Public Library

Kalamazoo Public Schools will be open Tuesday despite another round of threats made against specific schools online Monday night.

Lou Anna Simon in Eaton County court
Cheyna Roth

Update Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 8:50 a.m.

A decision on whether former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon will stand trial is on hold for at least two months. 

After closing statements Tuesday, Eaton County Judge Julie Reincke allowed up to nine weeks to review transcripts and legal briefs in the case against Simon.

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UPDATED at 9:25 pm on 5/25/19

Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert is recovering after suffering symptoms of a stroke.

Officials with Detroit-based Quicken Loans said in a statement that Gilbert "received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably" after going to a hospital early Sunday with "stroke-like symptoms."

What is 1A Across America?

1A Across America is a two-year collaboration to incorporate more local and regional voices into the national conversation. Leading up to the 2020 election, 1A’s production team will work closely with Michigan Radio to bring the region’s underreported issues and concerns to 1A’s national audience.

1A Across America will crowdsource show ideas from listeners in Michigan to rectify identified gaps in national news coverage. These will be heard through on-air discussions and interviews, field reporting and live events.

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Just like the Grinch, identity thieves and other scammers are ready and waiting to squash the joy of the holiday season.

However, Michiganders can reduce the chances of becoming a scam victim.

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James Phelps / Flickr

The Detroit Tigers won't be giving out jerseys with the No. 3 any more.

The team retired former shortstop Alan Trammel's number in a ceremony before yesterday's game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

Trammel was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

SMART Bus
Mysid / Wikimedia Commons / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

A Michigan taxpayer group has filed for a recount of a bus tax proposal in Macomb County. 

This month voters narrowly renewed a millage to help fund the region's bus system, known as SMART, through the year 2021.

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Former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has died at age 66.

Marchionne had been CEO until being forced to retire Saturday because of his health. Marchionne had shoulder surgery last month, but his condition worsened in recent days.

Kelley Blue Book executive analyst Rebecca Lindland said despite his illness, Marchionne's death was a shock.

"I saw Sergio back in June in Italy, at the beginning of June, and it's just incredible to think that he's not with us anymore. It really is. It's very surreal," Lindland told Stateside.  

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder
State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder is calling a request for the FBI to investigate Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette "a serious matter."

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Jackson County Sheriff / https://www.co.jackson.mi.us

Jackson County's sheriff is losing his job benefits by unanimous vote of the County Board of Commissioners.

That's because he did not resign by a May 1 deadline set by the Board because of offensive comments he made about women and minorities.

"We have publicly and officially condemned the conduct of the sheriff and do not believe that it is in Jackson County's best interest for him to remain," said Board Chairman James Shotwell.

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Photo by Caleb Woods / Unsplash

Almost four out of five Michigan residents support a substantial increase in state spending on higher education to keep tuition low for in-state residents.

That's according to a recent survey conducted for the Michigan Association of State Universities.

"Thirty years ago, the state paid for about 80 percent of the tab for a pubic university education," said Daniel Hurley, president and CEO of the Michigan Association. "Today, it's down to about 22 percent."

Hurley says the survey shows state residents think public higher education should be a state budget priority.

Take a tour of MorningSide 48224 with Detroit Public TV

May 1, 2018
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Detroit Public TV

Michigan Radio's Imani Mixon was on Detroit Public TV last weekend to discuss MorningSide 48224, the new podcast project by Michigan Radio and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

Watch below to get a tour of the neighborhood, and to learn more about the podcast:

NOAA, GLERL

A new report from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says that despite billions spent in the Lake Erie watershed to improve water quality, there has been no clear trend of reducing phosphorus levels in the state’s watersheds.

 

Runoff of nutrients, mainly phosphorous, from agriculture have been blamed for a series of toxic cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie. Ohio has spent more than $3 billion to improve the Lake Erie watershed since 2011.

 

Ann Arbor Community High students Suephia Saam and Catherine Nicoli protest gun violence in schools in front of City Hall.
Catherine Shaffer / Michigan Radio

Michigan high school students participated in a nationwide school walkout to protest gun violence on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting Friday.

Students organized events at schools throughout the state. At Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, about two hundred students walked out of class and attended a student-led rally in the football stadium. Student speakers demanded tougher gun legislation, and blasted lawmakers for failing to pass popular, "common sense" measures like universal background checks. 

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Michigan State University

A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school yesterday alleging that three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her in 2015.

The lawsuit says the assault occurred April 12, 2015 after the 18-year-old woman met the players at a local bar.

The woman says in the suit that she was taken to an apartment where the players took turns raping her in a bedroom.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids – and does not name the woman or the players.

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A judge sentenced four teenagers to a program at a youth treatment center for throwing rocks and sandbags onto I-75 near downtown Toledo and killing a Michigan man.

Police say the boys were all 13 or 14 years old when they were arrested in December.

One sandbag smashed through a car windshield and hit 22-year-old Warren resident Marquise Byrd. He later died.

The boys apologized to Byrd’s relatives in juvenile court Friday, but the family called the sentence too light.

Saginaw County Jail

A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has been arrested for a second time on sexual assault charges.

Father Robert Deland was arrested for the first time on Feb. 25, and charged with sexual assault of two victims, a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy.

Those charges included second degree criminal sexual conduct and gross indecency.

Deland was released with a GPS tether device, and was arrested again on April 5 on four additional charges.

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A new study by a Michigan State University researcher probes the mechanisms behind the spread of mass online harassment and fake news by looking at the 'dark patterns' underlying the technology platforms.

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Steve Carmody

The Hazel Park Raceway abruptly announced its closure on Thursday. That's leaving employees and horse owners high and dry right before the start of the 2018 racing season.

Hazel Park was the only thoroughbred racetrack in Michigan. Its closure came on the first day horses would have been shipped in for a month of pre-season training.

Mackinac Bridge
Wikimedia Commons

Officials say 550 gallons of potentially toxic coolant fluid have leaked from electric power cables that run underwater where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet.

The owner of the cables, American Transmission Company, says the fluid is a mineral-based synthetic oil used for insulation that can be harmful if released into the environment.

American Transmission says the leak was discovered after the two cables tripped offline Sunday evening. The cables have been taken out of service.

Methylene chloride paint strippers on the shelf at Lowe's
Jeff Gearhart / Ann Arbor Ecology Center

Michigan public health experts are calling on Lowe's Home Improvement to voluntarily pull chemical paint strippers containing methylene chloride from their shelves.

The chemical has been banned in Europe since 2012, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently abandoned plans to review the chemical for federal regulation. 

Mark, Rebecca, and Lester in 2017
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio lost a member of our family last week. Mark Brush was our director of digital media. He passed away at age 49 from brain cancer.

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The United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams joined a panel discussion on opioid addiction at the University of Michigan Thursday. 

Adams highlighted the challenges of the opioid addiction epidemic, calling for a cultural change in how people use opioid medications.

"We need you all to have discussions in your communities, at your board room tables, at your break room tables, at your dinner tables, about how dangerous these medications can be when used improperly and the fact that in the majority of cases you simply don't need them," said Adams. 

Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Last week, Michigan Radio lost our friend and coworker, Mark Brush.

Mark’s passion for journalism was evident in everything he produced. His 20 years at Michigan Radio took him across the state, bringing stories to our audience with his unique style – a mix of empathy, humor, and optimism that shone in his voice and his writing.

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A new report from Moody's credit rating agency says that Michigan is one of the most vulnerable states if the U.S. withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The report says that Michigan, Texas, Vermont, and North Dakota have the most exposure to risk from NAFTA withdrawal.

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