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Paulette Parker

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Paulette is a reporter and producer for Michigan Radio. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.

Before working at Michigan Radio, she was the news editor of The Washtenaw Voice at Washtenaw Community College. She has an associate degree in journalism from WCC. And she is currently a senior at Eastern Michigan University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in media studies and journalism. She’s a proud news junkie.

When she isn’t producing content for Michigan Radio listeners, she enjoys writing and spending time with her two young daughters.

REAL ID driver's license
Michigan Secretary of State

The state of Michigan has won an appeal on driver's license suspensions.

An appeals court has overturned an injunction that stopped Michigan from suspending the licenses of people who can't afford to pay traffic fines.

work being done during an external inspection of Line 5 in the Straits in 2016.
Enbridge

A company that runs electric lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac says a proposed tunnel could be dangerous.  

The proposed tunnel would house a replacement section of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline.

But it could also be used to hold other utility lines, including electrical cables.

Tim Finco is with the American Transmission Company.

The Petoskey News-Review reported Finco wrote in a letter the company doesn't believe it's a good idea to install its high-voltage electric lines in close proximity to high pressure oil or gas lines.

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Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency will soon have new leadership.

The hiring of Steve Gray was announced on Monday.

Gray helped to create legislation aimed at improving the unemployment agency in the wake of a scandal in which people were falsely accused of fraud.

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A new bill introduced in Congress is inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.

The ALERT Act would require university leaders to certify that they have reviewed any reports of sexual abuses perpetrated by university employees.

U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) is a co-sponsor of the bill.

PFAS foam on lakeshore
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The Environmental Protection Agency has released draft recommendations for industrial chemicals known as PFAS.

The EPA says the guidance will inform final cleanup levels for groundwater used as drinking water.

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Michigan continues to see an increase in cases of child abuse and neglect.

That's according to latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book released Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy.

A Michigan lawmaker is urging swift action to combat climate change.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters hosted an Earth Day field summit in Lansing Monday.

Peters says the impacts of climate change are not a problem for future generations to tackle.

“They are significant, they are costly and they are already being felt here in Michigan,” Peters said.

Peters says the Midwest is particularly vulnerable to the challenges posed by climate change.

work being done during an external inspection of Line 5 in the Straits in 2016.
Enbridge

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is in talks with Enbridge about a proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for its Line 5 pipeline. That's according to the Detroit News.

Lawyers representing a Dearborn man accused of supporting the Islamic State say he might be incompetent to stand trial.

Ibraheem Musaibli was captured in Syria last year.

Prosecutors allege he received training and fired a machine gun while fighting with the Islamic State.

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Lake Erie could become home to an offshore wind farm in the next few years.

The proposed Icebreaker Wind project is a six-turbine wind farm that could be built off the coast of Cleveland.

Dave Karpinski is with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation.

“For the Cleveland area, it's a chance to be a leader in this new emerging industry in the US,” he said.

Karpinski says the wind farm would create clean energy and jobs with little impact to residents and the environment.

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Michigan's trial court funding system is "broken." That's according to a study released Monday by the Michigan Trial Court Funding Commission.

Tom Boyd is chair of the Commission. He told Stateside that trial court judges are responsible for raising money to operate the courts, and it often influences their rulings.

“It isn't to say that criminals who can afford to pay fines shouldn't pay fines. We're not saying that at all,” Boyd said. “The question is should there be a connection between the amount of money that comes into a court and the amount of money available to run the court?”

people in voting booths
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

New legislation would make it illegal for foreign governments and entities to buy ads to influence US elections.

Michigan Representative Elissa Slotkin introduced a bill Thursday called The Preventing Adversaries Internationally from Disbursing Advertising Dollars Act - or PAID AD Act.

Dan Kildee testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
Dan Kildee

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) is urging legislators to invest more money in cleaning up PFAS pollution at military bases across the country.

Kildee testified Tuesday before Congress.

He says a study from the Government Accountability Office finds more than 400 military sites in the U.S. have "known or potential releases of PFAS after decades of using firefighting foam."

“Clearly the GAO study shows that this is not only impacting my district, but lots of districts all around the country,” Kildee said.

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Community leaders and city officials in Detroit gathered Monday to launch what's being called the Be Counted Detroit: Census 2020 campaign.

The effort aims to encourage Detroiters to participate in next year's census count.

Detroit's census numbers determine home much federal funding the city will receive for things like food assistance, head start, and road repairs.

According to a press release, Detroit will lose around $1,800 a year in federal funding over the next decade for every person that isn't counted.

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A professional guardian is reacting to Michigan's new task force for monitoring guardianship of vulnerable adults.

Georgia Callis is with the Michigan Guardianship Association. She told Stateside the MGA hopes to educate the task force on how valuable public guardians are to the state.

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A new law that aims to stop cyberbullying goes into effect in Michigan Wednesday.

The law makes it illegal to harass another person online.

Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

A new set of rules takes effect this week for boaters and fisherman in Michigan.

Beginning Thursday, watercraft users will be required to take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

2019 NCAA Tournament Bracket
Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Around 47 million Americans are expected to bet on this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament.

That's according to a survey from the American Gaming Association.

Sarah Slane senior vice president of the organization. She says states like Michigan – where betting is illegal – are missing out on revenue.

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Almost half of Michigan's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. That's according to a new report from a national transportation research group called TRIP.

TRIP says driving on rough roads costs the average Michigan driver between $500 to $800 dollars a year per vehicle.

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Michigan.gov

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is standing by her first state budget proposal.

Whitmer joined Stateside Monday to discuss the proposal, including the widely-criticized fuel tax increase to pay for road repairs. She says the pain people might feel at the pump would mean fewer dollars spent fixing their cars.

PFAS foam on lakeshore
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U.S. Senator Gary Peters is calling for a review of the Environmental Protection Agency's PFAS Action Plan.

Senator Peters and a group of colleagues sent letters to a number of agencies this week, including the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing
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Progress Michigan is calling attention to a bipartisan package of bills that's been introduced in the state Legislature.

House Bills 4007-4016 call for expanding Freedom of Information Act Requests to the governor's office, and opening up the Michigan Legislature to those requests through a new proposed act.

Michigan clergy react to United Methodist Church vote to keep ban on same-sex marriage
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Delegates from the United Methodist Church voted Tuesday to continue a ban on same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian clergy.

The proposal - called the Traditional Plan - was approved by church members at the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis.

Protesters gathered outside the home of University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel
Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Protesters with National Action Network Michigan rallied outside the University of Michigan President's house Monday.

They challenged a claim filed against Wayne State University last fall by UM-Flint professor Mark Perry.

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Michigan's state demographer is projecting a large drop in the number of school-aged children in the state.

Eric Guthrie says the number of 5 to 17 year olds in Michigan could fall by more than 100,000 children over the next five years.

A house for sale on the Detroit Land Bank's online auction site.
Detroit Land Bank Authority

Researchers say more immigrant homeowners could help stabilize neighborhoods in Detroit.

That's according to a study released Wednesday by the economic development initiative Global Detroit.

Map showing the spread of the 1,4-dioxane plume
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State and local officials are conducting new tests to check the spread of the 1,4-dioxane plume in groundwater in Ann Arbor's West Park area.

Dan Hamel is with the Department of Environmental Quality. He says a current consent agreement between the DEQ and the company requires Gelman Sciences to prevent the spread of the suspected carcinogen.

fresh vegetables at a grocery store.
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Preparations are underway for what could be a long gap between monthly benefits for some SNAP recipients.

Bob Wheaton is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He said the department is giving a heads up to organizations that they could see more people in need.

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Two Detroit police officers are under investigation for allegedly making racially demeaning comments during a traffic stop.

Officer Gary Steele and an unidentified officer stopped Ariel Moore last week for driving with an expired license plate. Moore's vehicle was seized by the officers.

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Two Michigan workers are taking legal action after they say union dues were illegally taken from their paychecks.

Lloyd Stoner and Parnell White have filed federal unfair labor practice charges against the UAW and Teamsters unions, respectively.

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