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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.

A demolition on Detroit's east side.
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has outlined a program to the City Council to eliminate residential blight from all Detroit neighborhoods by mid-2025.

Duggan has proposed asking voters to give the city authority to sell up to $250 million in bonds.

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A final report released Thursday by the Michigan Trial Court Funding Commission calls Michigan's court funding system "broken."

The report finds criminal defendants are charged more than 418 million dollars in fines and fees each year.

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Legislation that would ease monthly reporting rules for Healthy Michigan enrollees is headed to Governor Whitmer’s desk.

The state Senate gave final approval Wednesday to the bipartisan plan from Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing). 

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A federal judge ruled last week that the government's terror watch list violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it.

The list contains more than one million people identified as "known or suspected terrorists."

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Visitors to any of the 22 branches in the Detroit Public Library system will no longer be charged fines for overdue items. The new policy also clears all past overdue fines.

“What it really does is go back to the initial purpose of the library, which is to provide access,” said DPL spokeswoman Katie Dowgiewicz.

She says the change does not eliminate fees for lost or damaged items.

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Michigan drivers who fail to stop for a school bus displaying its stop sign could face harsher penalties under new bills in the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 472 and House Bill 4867 were recently introduced by Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) and Representative Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores).

Senator Hertel says currently, drivers who ignore school bus signals are fined $100 for their first offense.

Jocelyn Benson
Benson for Secretary of State

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson hopes to improve voter engagement among college students.

Benson is taking applications for students who want to be part of a Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force.

She says any student attending a two- or four- year college is encouraged to apply.

“We're looking to bring diverse perspectives to the table, in particular, as we implement the constitutional amendments that were passed by voters last November,” Benson said.

The constitutional amendments allow for same-day voter registration and absentee voting for any reason.

Students at desks writing
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Results for the 2019 M-STEP were released Thursday.

That's the statewide test designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. It tests students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and math.

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Bills introduced Wednesday in the state House and Senate would extend the statute of limitations in criminal misconduct cases involving public officials.

The legislation was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and Democratic Representative John Cherry.

The Flint water crisis prosecution team dropped remaining criminal charges without prejudice earlier this summer.

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This school year, districts in Michigan will start holding back third-graders who are more than one grade level behind in reading.

Michigan students have been sliding down the national rankings of test scores for reading.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

That's after cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- or Triple E -- were confirmed in animals in Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Cass counties.

The disease is transmitted from horses and deer to humans through mosquito bites.

“Use mosquito repellant, maybe even wear some long sleeves if you can,” said MDHHS spokeswoman Lynn Sutfin. “Also, check your doors and your screens. Try and make sure those mosquitos are staying outside of your home.”

Whittney Williams

A Canton, Michigan Republican has announced her campaign for Congress.

Whittney Williams is a first-generation immigrant from Taiwan.

She would run against incumbent Haley Stevens, a Democrat, if she wins the Republican nomination for Michigan's 11th Congressional district.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether lake sturgeon should be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

This comes after a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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The group Voters Not Politicians has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed last month by state Republicans.

The lawsuit seeks to shut down Michigan's new redistricting commission. The suit says the rules outlining who can serve on the commission are unconstitutional.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A Southeast Michigan man who was deported to Iraq died Tuesday in Baghdad. That's according to friends and family of the 41-year-old.

Jimmy Aldaoud was sent to Iraq in June.

Edward Bajoka is an immigration attorney and a family friend. He says Aldaoud had diabetes and mental health challenges. He also says he didn't speak any Arabic.

“Jimmy had never himself stepped foot on Iraqi soil. His entire family has been in the United States for 40 years. And he knew no one in that country,” Bajoka said.

Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI 9th District) said in a statement:

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On Tuesday, voters in Washtenaw County approved a $53 million bond proposal to renovate a school for students with special needs.

The High Point School serves students with medical needs and challenges. That includes many students in wheelchairs.

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China's currency fell below the level of seven per U.S. dollar on Monday for the first time in 11 years.

This comes after threats last week from President Donald Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese exports to the United States.

young kids playing with toys on floor
Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

The number of homeless kids under the age of four in Michigan could be much higher than reported by homeless service agencies.

That's according to a report from researchers at the Michigan League for Public Policy and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.

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USGS

Michigan and Ohio crews are on the lookout this summer for invasive grass carp.

The grass carp survey is being done by the Michigan Department of Natural Resource's Grass Carp Response Team.

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Water levels continue to rise in lakes and rivers across the region – including the Detroit River.

The Windsor Port Authority told the Windsor Star that people should avoid swimming in the river.

PFAS foam on lakeshore
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The state of Michigan and the US Air Force have reached an agreement to speed up PFAS contamination cleanup around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

But not everyone in the city of Oscoda is impressed.

Protesters gathered in Ypsilanti to call for Congressional action on immigrant detention practices
Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Protesters gathered outside of the Ypsilanti office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) to call for the closure of immigrant detention centers and an end to family separation practices.

Jessica Prozinski is a protest organizer. She says the rally in Ypsilanti was one of almost 200 taking place on Tuesday in cities across the country.

“We are emotional, we are outraged,” Prozinski says. “But we also need a plan. Phone calls and emails are not enough.”

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When someone dies by gun violence in Detroit, it costs state and local governments $1.6 million.

That's according to a new report released by the local non-profit organization, Force Detroit.

The Detroit Cost Per Shooting report also finds that each gunshot injury in Detroit costs $1.1 million.

Crews work to clean up a fuel spill after fatal crash on Eastbound M-14 in Ann Arbor M-14
Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

HAZMAT crews worked Monday to clean up diesel fuel from the Huron River in Ann Arbor. The spill was caused by a fatal accident on eastbound M-14 involving two semi trucks.

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People living in a Livonia neighborhood met Thursday to call on Ford Motor Company to clean up chemicals from the site of its nearby transmission plant.

Alden Village is on top of a plume of groundwater contaminated with vinyl chloride and trichlorethylene - both known carcinogens. The plume originated from the Ford property.

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

Enbridge says it will continue its rock and soil sampling this week in the Straits of Mackinac. The company wants to build a tunnel to house a replacement section of its twin Line 5 pipelines in the Straits.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer halted state work on the project in March.

Ryan Duffy is a spokesman for Enbridge. He says the state permit needed to conduct the sampling was approved in January.

He says the state has confirmed that the sampling process can still move forward.

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A report released Thursday finds that crowdfunding works in helping revitalize Michigan communities.

The report from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Municipal League details the success of two Michigan-specific crowdfunding tools.

Ronna McDaniel
Detroit Economic Club

Ronna McDaniel sat down for a conversation Monday with the Detroit Economic Club.

She's the chair of the Republican National Committee, and the previous chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

She says she ran for that seat in Michigan because she saw Michigan as a "fly over state."

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The employment rate for individuals in Michigan with serious mental illness increased in 2018.

That's according to a new report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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A deadline is looming for Wayne County property owners hoping to avoid foreclosure.

Taxpayers have until Thursday to visit the Wayne County Treasurer's Office to make a payment on their unpaid taxes from 2016 or enroll in a payment plan.

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