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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 final whistle has blown for high school winter and spring sports in Michigan.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Friday it is cancelling the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons. 

The association says the decision is in compliance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “state of disaster” directive closing K-12 schools and moving education online for the remainder of the school year. 

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Michiganders heard Governor Gretchen Whitmer address a wide range of topics related to the state’s response of the COVID-19 outbreak during an hour long program broadcast Thursday night on television and radio stations, including Michigan Radio. 

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Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System is asking 3,000 southeastern Michigan first responders to take part in a clinical trial of a treatment that doctors hope may prevent people from contracting COVID-19. 

Hydroxychloroquine is a commonly used drug for lupus, which has shown some effect on the new coronavirus in early studies. However, published research remains thin.

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Starting Thursday, the city of Flint is imposing a curfew to try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.   

Two weeks ago, Flint was untouched by the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, Flint and Genesee County have recorded 249 positive COVID-19 cases and eight deaths.  

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The University of Michigan health system is making plans for a field hospital for an expected overflow of COVID-19 patients.

Officials hope to transform an indoor track facility at U of M into a field hospital by April 9th or 10th. 

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

President Donald Trump approved Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request Monday to mobilize up to 3,000 Michigan National Guardsmen for up to 90 days. 

The call up is part of the governor’s COVID-19 response plan.

This is the worst day so far in the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan.

New state data shows the number of deaths increased by 52 to 184. And for the first time, more than 1,000 people tested positive for coronavirus in a 24-hour period. Michigan’s total number of coronavirus positive cases is now 6,498.

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Macomb County’s prosecutor resigned Monday after being criminally charged earlier this month.

Eric Smith is facing up to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in a scheme to embezzle $600,000 from drug and alcohol forfeiture funds.

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Michigan’s marijuana companies are experiencing ups and downs with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Marijuana businesses saw a rise in recreational sales before last Monday’s Stay Home order took effect. 

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Small Michigan businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic are getting a helping hand this week from local and state government agencies.

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig has tested positive for COVID-19. Craig joins more than 3 dozen members of the department testing positive for the disease.  

Mayor Mike Duggan says the chief’s case is mild.  

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents Thursday voted unanimously to fire a prominent tenured professor accused of sexual misconduct.

David Daniels is a renowned opera singer and was a professor in the U of M School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

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Financial rating services are eyeing Detroit automakers as the COVID-19 outbreak slams auto sales.

On Wednesday, Moody's placed General Motors on negative watch for a possible ratings cut to junk level due to the disruption around the pandemic.

The rating service says GM is vulnerable to shifts in the market, due to “unprecedented operating conditions.”

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Food banks are among those essential services exempt from the governor’s stay home order. And many Michiganders agree.

Since the outbreak began, Michiganders are turning more and more to food banks

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves local pantries and other groups providing food and other supplies to people in 22 counties.

CEO Kara Ross says the governor’s order has not altered their operations.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three patients in state psychiatric facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two of the positive cases are patients at the Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland and one is at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline.

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Detroit Public Schools Community District officials are changing the way the district provides free meals to children in response to the governor’s order to “stay at home” during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Oakland County’s Health Division is issuing emergency orders, immediately closing shopping malls and putting playground equipment off-limits as the number of COVID-19 cases in the county rise.   

The county is also imposing new restrictions on people entering child care facilities.

As of Saturday morning, 225 people in Oakland County have tested positive for the virus. On Friday Oakland County recorded its first coronavirus death. The 50 year old man was the fourth person in Michigan to die since the outbreak.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sent a letter to President Donald Trump hoping to secure federal funding for Michigan’s fight against COVID-19.

The governor’s letter asks the president to approve the Title 32 authorization that would allow the Michigan National Guard to operate with federal funding for pay, benefits, and equipment.

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COVID-19 is putting a strain on Michigan’s food banks.

Feeding America-west Michigan serves food pantries and other agencies in 40 Michigan counties.

In a normal month, Feeding America distributes 2.5 million pounds of food and other supplies.  On Tuesday alone, they moved more than 100,000 pounds.

NASA

A former Jackson, Michigan man who circled the Moon has died.           

Al Worden was 88. 

"Al was an American hero whose achievements in space and on Earth will never be forgotten,” says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. 

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Updated March 18 at 3:10 p.m.:

The Detroit 3 are shutting down production for the rest of the month. The automakers made the announcement this afternoon.

Ford is halting production at its U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing facilities after Thursday evening’s shifts through March 30 to thoroughly clean and sanitize the company’s plants.

City of Detroit

Detroit is checking the city’s homeless population for signs of the coronavirus.

Michigan’s largest city has an estimated 2,200 homeless men, women and children. City officials say about a thousand can usually be found in the city’s shelters.

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COVID-19 is now effecting Michigan’s border crossings into Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is closing his country's borders to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident or American amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Trudeau announced the move Monday outside his residence, where he is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the new coronavirus. He also asked Canadians to say home as much as possible amid the pandemic.

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Updated Tuesday, March 17 at 11:02 p.m.:

This page is no longer being actively updated. Please visit our tracking map for a breakdown of which counties have confirmed cases and how many are in each one. 

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Oakland County is putting restrictions on restaurants, theaters and gyms to try to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Oakland County has the largest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan.

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Concerns over coronavirus forced several top state officials to conduct a town hall promoting the 2020 U.S. Census in an empty auditorium in Flint Thursday.   

The public was barred from attending the event out of concern of potentially spreading the deadly COVID-19 virus.  The event was streamed on Facebook.

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Dearborn school officials announced Wednesday that the district is temporarily closing an elementary school after a staffer had been exposed to another person who tested positive for COVID-19.   

The school is the first in Michigan to be shut down due to a potential coronavirus exposure. 

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko tried to reassure parents during an evening news conference.

“The school is at a low risk,” says Maleyko. “However, out of an abundance of caution, we are going to close Whitmore-Bolles until the test results have been confirmed.”

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Detroit’s mayor is urging people who may be sick with the coronavirus to stay home.

Mayor Mike Duggan held a news conference on Wednesday to try to calm city residents after the state announced two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in southeast Michigan.  

Duggan says neither patient is from Detroit.

The mayor says people with flu-like symptoms should stay at home. 

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The Paw Paw school district is dropping a controversial nickname.

The southwest Michigan district’s school board voted six to one this week to drop its “Redskins” nickname and mascot. 

The district has been under pressure for several years to make the change.  In 2017, the school board voted four to three to keep the controversial nickname.

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Cynthia Neeley will represent most of the city of Flint in the Michigan House.

She is the wife of Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley, who held the seat before he won election as mayor of Flint last November. With more than 70 percent of the votes counted, Neeley led her opponent, republican Adam Ford by a margin of 86 to 8 percent.

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