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Steve Carmody

Mid-Michigan Reporter / Producer

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005.

Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.

During his three-plus decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic.

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The head of Michigan’s marijuana regulatory agency says the new recreational retail market is off to a “normal shakeout”.

In the first eight days since the retail market became legal, Michigan’s handful of recreational marijuana stores sold more than $1.6 million worth of cannabis products. 

But not everyone in Michigan’s marijuana industry is happy.

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A major Flint-based company has been bought by a Minnesota company.

UnitedHealth Group's OptumRx pharmacy care services unit announced Monday that it is acquiring Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. for $300 million.

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A state House committee this week considers a package of bills meant to improve protection for neglected and abused Michigan children.

A 2018 audit found serious issues in Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services.  

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Groups supporting a ban on child marriages in Michigan are renewing their call on the Legislature to take action on a package of bills to outlaw the practice.

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Michigan is among the states expected to be hardest hit by changes announced on Wednesday in the federal food stamp program.

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

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The United Auto Workers announced some internal changes on Monday in response to a federal investigation into the union’s finances.

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Michigan lawmakers are considering bills that would prohibit hunters from using state scientific data to help them bag their prey. The concern arose after a hunter used the Freedom of Information Act to learn where particular game birds can be found in larger numbers.

The bills cover data involving a variety of game species including deer, bears, wild turkeys and wolves.

Nick Green is with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He says there is concern using state data may give hunters an unfair advantage.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana retail market is set to open this weekend. But a new study says state cannabis education programs might want to focus on an unexpected group: parents.

The study finds parental marijuana use is associated with increased risk of marijuana and tobacco use, and opioid misuse by children.

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The state of Michigan has reported its first decline in overdose deaths in six years.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says overall overdose deaths declined by 3.2% in 2018. 

Opioid-related fatal overdoses also declined. The decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018 was largely driven by decreases in the number of deaths due to poisoning by heroin and commonly prescribed drugs, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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A Flint man held for four years by the Iranian government is now suing the U.S. government.

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Flint school district officials are putting off decisions on closing some district schools.

Flint Community Schools are facing a multi-million dollar deficit. Earlier this month, district officials floated a proposal to eliminate the debt, that included closing some schools in January.

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An Ann Arbor business is the first to get a state recreational marijuana license.

More licenses are expected to be handed out before retail sales begin December 1st.

State marijuana regulators handed the first licenses of growing, processing and dispensing recreational marijuana to the owners of Exclusive Brands LLC.

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Flint’s former city spokeswoman is joining a crowded field of candidates to fill a vacant state House seat.

Sheldon Neeley resigned from his State House 34th District seat, after winning this month's Flint mayoral election.

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In a little more than two weeks, Michigan will formally join the list of states where an adult can legally buy marijuana for recreational purposes. 

But most Michigan cities and towns are saying “no” to the retail market.

Michigan voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana use by a wide margin 12 months ago.  

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Recreational marijuana sales may start in Michigan months sooner than expected.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency posted a bulletin to cannabis businesses on Wednesday advising them of a rule change that will allow retail recreational sales starting December 1st.

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An effort is underway to improve property values in some Flint neighborhoods.

Driving through Flint’s north side, it’s not uncommon to see nicely kept single family homes sitting next door to vacant and blighted homes.

A new program hopes to rehab those blighted homes, and in turn bring in first time homebuyers and improve property values around the entire neighborhood.

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Doctors say a 17-year-old faces a long recovery after undergoing a double lung transplant after suffering from a vaping-related lung illness.

The teen was hospitalized back on Sept. 5th for what doctors originally diagnosed as pneumonia. But his condition deteriorated quickly. In less than two weeks, his lungs grew so weak that he had to be placed on a machine just to keep him alive.

He celebrated his birthday waiting for a transplant.

He was transferred to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he underwent a double lung transplant last month.

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“I do solemnly swear or affirm…” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley repeated as he took his oath of office on Monday, before an overflow crowd at Flint City Hall.

Neeley defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver last week in a very close election.

In his address, Neeley repeatedly stressed the need for unity going forward.

Neeley also urged Flint residents to take a similar oath.

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Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson decided not to wait to be fired by the city’s new mayor.

Johnson announced Friday that he was resigning.

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Flint school officials are considering how to respond to a multi-million dollar structural deficit.

The Board of Education heard reports on Thursday night on the district’s financial position.  

There are a variety of factors contributing to the school district's financial woes, including legacy costs.  The district is also struggling to pay for the services required for students with special needs. The percentage of special needs students in Flint public schools is twice the state average.

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Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is asking a House committee to investigate a federal tax break program intended to help low-income communities. 

She’s sent a letter to the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee and two subcommittee chairs asking for a hearing on the Opportunity Zone program.

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The mayor who led Flint through its water crisis lost her bid for another term on Tuesday.

Unofficial results show State Rep. Sheldon Neeley defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver by a few hundred votes.

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Michigan officials may have something to learn from a pair of new studies looking at the vaping habits of young people.

The Journal of the American Medical Association Tuesday published two studies from the University of Southern California. The studies include a U.S. government report based on a survey indicating that the U.S. teen vaping epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.

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The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has declined a request by a Flint mayoral candidate to give special oversight of Tuesday’s election.

State Representative Sheldon Neeley made the request last month. Neeley is running against incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver in this week’s Flint mayoral election.

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People seeking help expunging their records of misdemeanor marijuana convictions can get that help at a special event in Detroit Saturday.

The Expungement Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S Fort St. in Detroit.

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A candidate for Flint mayor is asking the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to give more oversight of next week’s election.

Challenger, State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) is leveling allegations of possible voter fraud and absentee ballot tampering at the campaign of incumbent mayor Karen Weaver.

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State health department officials are urging sexually active Michiganders to get tested regularly for a wide variety of sexually transmitted diseases.

Michigan, like the nation as a whole, has seen an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases.

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The next round of Affordable Care Act health insurance sign-ups starts Friday, amid declining health care premiums and declining enrollment.

More than 270,000 Michiganders signed up for Obamacare health care coverage in 2019, that’s down from nearly 350,000 in 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied his supporters Sunday during a raucous campaign stop in Detroit.

But before many in the crowd got to hear Sanders’ usual political attacks on the nation’s billionaires and President Donald Trump, the rally paused for a somber reflection.

Shortly before the rally began, word started filtering into the auditorium that longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers had died. Conyers represented Detroit in Congress for 53 years.

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