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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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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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
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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.
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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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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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Ann Arbor is joining a growing list of entities offering help to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

The Ann Arbor city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to defer city payments for federal workers.

Due dates can be extended for up to 60 days after the shutdown ends.

Black Legacy Coalition called for changes at the Charles H. Wright Museum at a press conference Monday
The Black Legacy Coalition

A coalition of Detroit organizations continues to challenge an exhibit planned for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The Black Legacy Coalition wants the museum's Board of Trustees to reconsider an exhibit featuring Thomas Jefferson’s plantation that's set to open in March.

Jocelyn Benson
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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson plans to challenge a new law that could make it tougher to collect signatures to initiate legislation or ballot proposals.

Previously, organizers collected signatures by county with no limit on how many could be gathered.

The new law limits the number of signatures that organizers can collect from voters in any given congressional district.

Utility Bill
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The city of Ferndale is giving federal employees a break on their bills during the partial government shut down.

Furloughed or unpaid workers can defer their city payments, including water and utility bills, taxes, and parking costs.

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has settled a lawsuit against Bay City’s Michigan Sugar Company.

The MDEQ filed a lawsuit against Michigan Sugar Company in August of 2017. The lawsuit claimed the company’s sugar beet processing plant violated air and water quality regulations.

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A boil water advisory issued last weekend for parts of Downtown Detroit has been lifted.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said on its website:

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A report released Monday details ways to make water more accessible and affordable in the city of Detroit.

The 100-page report outlines the health, social and environmental impacts of water shutoffs in the city.

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Federal workers who live in Wayne County can get help with their delinquent property taxes.

The Wayne County Treasurer's office is offering extensions to residents affected by the partial government shutdown.

Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree said the extension is normally for low-income residents, but his office realizes many people could be missing paychecks if the shutdown continues.

University of Michigan near Rackham and Michigan League
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The University of Michigan will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit with a former university employee who says she was wrongfully terminated.

That's according to the confidential settlement agreement, which was recently obtained by MLive through a Freedom of Information Act records request.

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Last year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued rules that employers could opt out of covering birth control for their employees. The rules are set to take effect later this month.

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Monday that Michigan is joining a list of states challenging that exemption.

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The murder rate in the city of Detroit continued to fall in 2018.

The city recorded 261 murders last year. That was a rate of about 39 per 100,000 residents.

That tally was down about 2 percent from 267 homicides in 2017. In 2016, there were 305 murders in the city.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said in an interview with The Detroit News that he is happy homicides have “continually trended down.”

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