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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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A controversy over elected officials in a small mid-Michigan county giving themselves hazard pay bonuses from federal COVID-19 relief funds is the subject of a meeting Sunday.

Shiawassee County is located between Lansing and Flint.

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Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, a giant in Michigan politics, has died. He was 87.

Levin represented Michigan longer in the U.S. Senate than anyone else.

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Like other Michigan cities, Flint has seen a sharp rise in violent crime this year.

Organizers hope a month-long day-camp starting Monday will help quell the violence.

The city of Flint is partnering with local churches to offer activities for children under 16 years old.

Pastor Chris Martin hopes the Super Summer Fun Camp will give Flint kids a place to go.

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A judge will hear arguments this fall over whether to quash the decision to bind three men over for trial on state charges that they planned to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Pete Musico, Paul Bellar and Joseph Morrison are charged with gang membership, providing material support for terrorist acts and felony firearms.  

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Flint continues to make progress in reducing lead in its drinking water.

In 2016, tests showed Flint’s drinking water contained high levels of lead contamination (20 parts per billion). Government standards require action to be taken if lead levels top 15 parts per billion. 

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The deadline for Flint property owners to take part in the city’s free lead service line replacement program is just a few days away.

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A new study finds there was not a significant increase in fetal deaths in Flint during the city’s drinking water crisis.

Many in Flint have wondered if stillbirths between 2014 and 2016 were due to increased lead levels in the city’s drinking water. A 2017 report suggested Flint had seen a 58% increase in fetal deaths. But the report was criticized by academics and the state health department.  

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Three days of hearings focused on the fairness of a $641 million settlement of civil claims tied to the Flint water crisis have come to an end.

Thursday’s final day of hearings focused on how much the lawyers will be paid.

Lawyer Frank Bednarz represents an advocacy group opposed to large attorney fees in civil suits.

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An old industrial site in Flint has been chosen to become Michigan’s next state park.

The Whitmer administration wants to spend more than $26 million in federal COVID relief funds to turn the former “Chevy in the Hole” site into Michigan’s 104th state park.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying to reassure tens of thousands of Michiganders who’ve been warned they might have to pay back federal jobless benefits.

This affects nearly 650,000 people who initially qualified for the "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" program. 

The problem is the state included four ways a person could qualify that ultimately were not approved by the federal government. 

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A long line of Flint residents told a federal judge Tuesday that they are being victimized again by the massive water crisis legal settlement.

Since the proposed settlement of civil claims was first announced last August, it has been lawyers doing most of the talking.This was the first time that Flint residents had a chance to share their thoughts on and objections to the deal.

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On Monday, a federal judge held the first of three days of hearings into objections to a $641 million settlement of Flint water crisis civil lawsuits.

More than 50,000 people have registered for a piece of the settlement of claims against the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, McLaren Flint Hospital and Rowe Engineering.

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People will have the opportunity this week to raise objections to a proposed settlement of civil claims tied to the Flint water crisis.

Starting Monday, a federal judge will hold the first of three days of hearings.

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The Michigan Supreme Court will not give more time for a commission created to draw the state’s new political maps.

Tired of politicians drawing maps for Congressional seats and legislative districts, Michigan voters in 2018 decided to hand the job over to an independent commission.

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The new administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency was in Flint Wednesday, in part to address the agency’s battered image in the community.

Michael Regan toured a community lab where young people test the quality of water samples. The lab was set up after Flint residents grew mistrustful of claims of government agencies, including the EPA, that their lead tainted water was safe to drink.

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Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow wants to remind people living below the poverty line that they qualify for an expanded federal child tax credit.

Families with children and earning up to $150,000 qualify for the monthly payment starting July 15.

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A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers have introduced a bill package intended to discourage drive-by shootings.

The four-bill package is named for a young child in Flint.

Three year old Messiah Williams died last October when bullets ripped through his Flint home. Four men have been charged in connection with the drive-by shooting.

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Minor league baseball teams in Michigan could get some federal help to recover from the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic closed ballparks in 2020, and they only recently fully reopened to fans.

Even with fans back in the stands, many of those tickets were purchased as part of 2020 season ticket packages, money that clubs spent last year.

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The city of Flint’s lead service line pipe replacement program is entering a critical next few weeks.   

Flint’s water crisis prompted the city to begin inspecting the service lines connecting homes and businesses to city water mains.  Aging pipes were the primary source of lead in the city’s drinking water.

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U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) says Congress needs to pass an infrastructure bill that is “bigger and bolder” than the one that narrowly passed the U.S. House Thursday.

The Democratic-led House has approved a sizable $715 billion transportation bill. The bill passed Thursday includes spending for roads, rail, public transit and water and could serve as a marker in the negotiations over a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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One of Michigan’s largest cities currently does not have a contract with a business to pick up its garbage.

Flint’s garbage pickup contract expired on June 30.

Wednesday, the Flint City Council failed to approve a 90-day extension to the city’s contract with Republic Services. Instead, the council approved a 30-day contract, which is not what Republic wanted.

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People in southeast Michigan are submitting damage claims this week after heavy weekend rains led to severe flooding. Local cities and townships are collecting the information, which will make up part of the state’s report to federal emergency officials.    

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has submitted a request for a presidential declaration of disaster. 

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There’s new legislation to give people in public housing more protections, and provide them with help to improve the quality of their homes.

The Tenant Empowerment Act is intended to assist residents in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-assisted rental housing. Those residents face ongoing issues with the physical condition of their homes due to chronic underfunding and insufficient federal oversight.

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State lawmakers are proposing using one-time federal funds to underwrite a $2.5 billion investment in Michigan’s water infrastructure.

The bill would use grants and loans to help pay for dam repairs, lead pipe replacement and other water related projects.

Senate Bill 565 includes:

-  $680 million for the creation of grant and loan programs to repair the most critical of Michigan’s dams 

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A new survey of Michigan small business owners finds many are planning for a more positive future coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey by the Small Business Association of Michigan finds 72% of owners say they are optimistic about the survival of their businesses.

Executive Director Brian Calley says their optimism is clear.

“You don’t increase wages and plan to expand staff if you don’t see good opportunity for recovery in the future,” says Calley.

Calley concedes the survey’s results do not include the views of those who’s businesses were went out-of-business during the pandemic.

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A court hearing Monday will look at the process of reviewing grand jury documents in the Flint Water Crisis investigation.

Defense attorneys accuse prosecutors of “stonewalling.”

In January, nine government officials including former Gov. Rick Snyder, were charged with crimes ranging from willful neglect of duty to involuntary manslaughter. The criminal counts were handed down by a one-man grand jury.   

Circuit Court Judge Duncan Beagle has been overseeing the process of reviewing evidence presented to the one-man grand jury in the Flint water crisis criminal investigation. 

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office will look into allegations of "potentially fraudulent activity" among people making false claims about the 2020 election. 

The allegations were raised in a report, from the Republican-controlled state Senate Oversight Committee, which found no evidence of “widespread or systemic fraud” in Michigan’s election.

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Senate Republicans who investigated Michigan's presidential election say there was no widespread or systemic fraud.

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Dana Nessel is part of a coalition of nearly two dozen attorneys general calling on the Postal Regulatory Commission to oppose Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s efforts to increase delivery times for First-Class Mail and other essential postal services.

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The state of Michigan will take a major step toward normal as most state COVID-19 restrictions are lifted on Tuesday. 

But many businesses continue to struggle with one lingering effect of the pandemic: a labor shortage.

At a legislative committee hearing Thursday, state lawmakers heard from representatives from different industries. Tony Daoud operates gas stations in the Flint area. He blames pandemic jobless benefits that pay more than he does for his business’ struggle to recruit and retain hourly workers.