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Paulette Parker

Digital Media Reporter / Producer

Paulette is a digital media 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.

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.

Grass carp
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.

J.Stephen Conn / Flickr

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
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality / Flickr http://bit.ly/1xMszCg

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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Adobe Stock

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.

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.

an overhead photo of a jar of coins
mnplatypus / Pixabay

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."

Job application and pen
flazingo.com / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

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.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

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.

A Michigan State Police file photo.
Michigan State Police

A new enforcement campaign by the Michigan State Police will focus on aggressive drivers along I-94 between Jackson and Taylor.

The campaign is called TACT – or Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.

Pedestrian crosswalk sign
Flickr CC User Richard Drdul

New city ordinances pertaining to pedestrians and cyclists in Kalamazoo go into effect June 1.

Drivers in Kalamazoo will be required to stop for pedestrians and cyclists who are in or waiting to enter any crosswalk that does not have traffic control.

A nurse administers a vaccine.
Rhoda Baer / Flickr - http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

A bill has been introduced in the state House that would require schools to post public notices about their students' vaccination rates.

The bill would require schools with vaccination waiver rates over five percent to post signs and post the information online.

officer writing parking ticket
Daniel Hohlfeld / Adobe Stock

A group of lawyers who work for local governments across the country is objecting to a recent decision by a federal appeals court on marking tires to enforce parking in the city of Saginaw.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel said marking tires with chalk qualifies as an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment.

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High water levels in Lake Erie have been flooding streets and houses in Ohio, and people who live near the lake are bracing for problems as water levels continue to rise.

Erie's water levels are expected to approach or break records this spring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

prescription drugs
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Almost one third of Michigan counties have no medication-based treatment services for opioid addiction. That's according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Michigan.

Tom Ivacko is with the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at U of M.

He says they’ve found the need for drug treatment programs is higher than any other unmet need across the state.

Pixabay

Recipients of the Flint Promise scholarship will soon to be able to choose from two additional universities.

Previously, Flint Promise scholarships could only be used to attend Mott Community College for up to three years.

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.

The U.S. Capitol
user kulshrax / creative commons

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
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality / Flickr http://bit.ly/1xMszCg

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.

kids standing outside
Simon.com / Creative Commons

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.

Wind turbine
Tim Wang / flickr http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

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.

Gavel
Joe Gratz / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

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?”

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