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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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New data from the FBI show crime declined last year in Detroit and Flint. But both remain among the nation’s most violent cities.

According to the FBI's Crime in the United States report, In 2019, Detroit ranked as the most violent of cities with more than 100,000 residents nationally.  This despite a 3% decline in violent crime in Michigan’s largest city from 2018.

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Michigan’s Attorney General is launching an investigation into the petition campaign pushing to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her emergency powers.

The Unlock Michigan campaign has collected more than 500,000 signatures on a petition to repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which is the state law the governor has used to justify her executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Michigan movie theaters and other indoor entertainment venues will soon be allowed to re-open. 

Doors closed at cinemas and similar businesses in March during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan.

But while other businesses have slowly reopened in recent months, indoor movie screens have remained dark.  

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The state of Michigan has completed an aerial spraying program over nearly a half million acres in hopes of reducing the risk of a disease spread by mosquitoes.

The state has been dealing with another outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Health officials say EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States.  It's rare, but has a 33% fatality rate for people who get sick. 

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Michigan’s declining state prison inmate population is prompting state corrections officials to shut down a re-entry facility in Detroit.

The Detroit Reentry Center opened in the former Ryan Correctional Facility after it closed in 2012.

The center provided housing and programs for parolees and prisoners needing dialysis treatment.  But recently, the center has been handling only about a fifth of its peak number of offenders.

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Michigan’s two U.S. Senators are calling for a delay in the vote on a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Two Democratic Party strongholds in Michigan are scheduled to be on the 2020 presidential campaign trail this week.

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris is scheduled to make campaign stops in Detroit and Flint on Tuesday.  

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, has died at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Ginsburg announced in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of her several battles with cancer.

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The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to municipal clerks across the state reminding them to follow Michigan's voters’ rights laws.

“We’ve sent this letter...to make sure that clerks are prepared to follow the requirements of the law,” says Sharon Dolente, a voting rights strategist with the ACLU.

The letter reminds clerks to respond to absentee ballot requests within 24 hours. Clerks’ offices must be open for in-person voting during regular business hours. People without a photo ID can still legally register and vote after signing an affidavit.  

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Michigan regulators are ordering the owners of the Edenville dam to make critically needed repairs to the structure.

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Michigan State University’s athletic director says it's “probably inevitable” that one or more Big Ten teams won’t be able to play a week or more during the conference’s 2020 football season.

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The Big Ten has reversed course. There will be college football this fall.

The Big Ten announced Wednesday that the fall football season will begin October 23. The conference has not said when or if other fall sports will also get the go ahead. 

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The wife of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was campaigning for her husband in Michigan Tuesday.

Jill Biden toured a food pantry in Grand Rapids and met with military family members in Battle Creek. 

At the home of former congressman Joe Schwarz, Biden promised her husband would support military families struggling with deployments, health care and COVID-19.

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A top Ingham County Health official calls the situation “alarming.”

Monday, the county health department placed 21 Michigan State University fraternities and sororities under a mandatory quarantine for COVID-19.

In all, the Ingham County Health Department has identified 30 large houses in East Lansing with known exposure to the coronavirus. People living there have been ordered to quarantine for the next two weeks.  Residents of the quarantined properties are being told to remain at home unless they need medical care or necessities that cannot be delivered.

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In Flint, there’s a push to get as many city residents as possible counted in this year’s U.S. Census.

Anthony Turner is coordinating the city’s census campaign. He says roughly 80% of city residents have responded to the census. 

But Turner admits it will be challenging to get those who haven’t yet responded to do so.

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Thousands of lake front property owners in mid-Michigan may have to pay hundreds or potentially thousands of dollars a year to get their lakes back.

The Edenville and Sanford dams were overwhelmed after days of heavy rain back in May. The dam breaches helped create a 500-year flood along the Tittabawassee River that forced thousands to evacuate their homes in Midland, Gladwin and Saginaw counties.

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President Donald Trump brought his re-election campaign to Michigan on Thursday.

With Air Force One as a back drop, literally surrounded by thousands of mainly maskless supporters, the president took aim directly at former Vice President Joe Biden, his Democratic opponent in November.

“If Biden wins, China wins. If Biden wins, the mob wins. If Biden wins the rooters, anarchists, arsonists and flag burners win,” Trump cautioned his supporters. “But I wouldn’t worry about it because he’s not winning.”

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Update: Thursday, September 10, 10 p.m.

An Enbridge spokesman, Michael Barnes, confirms that the east leg of Line 5 returned to full operations at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, saying, "The east leg is operating as normal."

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The state of Michigan will allow more families to visit loved ones in nursing homes and other residential facilities.

The state imposed restrictions on nursing home visits to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan's nursing homes. About a third of the state's coronavirus fatalities have been among people in long-term care facilities.   

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Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice. 

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A special task force set up to study Michigan’s dam safety rules and regulations met virtually for the first time Tuesday.

Liesl Clark is the head of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.  And she's a member of the 19-person task force.

She says the task force was formed after two dam failures in May helped create devastating floods in Midland and Gladwin counties.

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Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump will bring their respective presidential campaigns to Michigan over the next few days.

Former Vice President Biden is scheduled to meet with UAW workers in Warren Wednesday afternoon.  The Democratic Party presidential nominee is expected to talk about his plans for American workers.

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Across Michigan, local clerks are preparing for the challenges of November’s general election.

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving a sharp rise in absentee voting and concerns for the health of people who will be manning the polls on Election Day.

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A new special task force will meet for the first time Tuesday to review state policy in the wake of the failure of two dams back in May.

More than ten thousand people were forced to evacuate following the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams. The dams failed after days of heavy rain.

Thousands of homes and businesses in parts of Gladwin, Midland and Saginaw counties were damaged or destroyed in the 500 year flood event.

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It’s a laborless Labor Day for many Michiganders as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shutter businesses across the state.

The spectre of a second spike in cases has many concerned about another spike in unemployment claims.

If there's another spike in jobless claims tied to COVID-19, the head of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency says his department will be ready.

Director Steve Gray testified last week before a special joint legislative committee on the state's response to the coronavirus.

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This week, the Michigan Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a legal challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whitmer has faced numerous legal challenges to their use of emergency powers during the coronavirus outbreak. Just last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals sided with the governor in a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers.  

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Bills to punish anyone who tries to use other people’s personal information to get and return absentee ballots are under discussion at the state Capitol.

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving many Michiganders to take advantage of state laws giving more access to absentee ballots. The August primary saw a record number of absentee ballots cast.

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Next week, the state unemployment agency should start distributing the first $300 in additional weekly aid to jobless Michiganders. The money is part of additional federal COVID-19 relief.

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A new report predicts the presidential and congressional races in Michigan may draw nearly $150 million dollars in TV ad spending.

Simon Schuster is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He’s been counting up how much money has been spent on TV ads so far this year and checking how much TV time campaigns and dark money groups have reserved between now and Election Day.

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State lawmakers are out with new nursing home legislation a day after a task force delivered its own recommendations for the industry.

Michigan’s nursing homes have been hard hit by COVID-19. Residents in care facilities account for about a third of Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths.

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