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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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There may be hope for bat populations devastated by a disease caused by a fungus. 

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Federal, state and local officials are looking at ways to respond to ongoing high water levels in the Great Lakes this year.

Jeff Yoakam is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He says the threat differs depending on where you are in Michigan.

“It’s different on each side of the state, to be honest with you,” says Yoakam. “West side of the state (Lower Peninsula); erosion is a big problem out there. East side of the state… it’s more flooding.”

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Former United Auto Workers President Owen Bieber has died.  

Bieber led the UAW through a recession, industry downsizing and expanding global competition.

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Groups involved with promoting skilled trades and support for military veterans are hopeful Congress will act soon on legislation to bring the two together.

The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act would expand the number of skilled trades apprenticeship programs available to vets.

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Children in Flint faced a myriad of problems well before the city’s water crisis raised new fears of potential negative health effects from lead tainted drinking water.

The challenges faced by Flint kids and the progress that’s been made since the water crisis was the subject of a conference Friday.

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Some Michigan communities have something new: recreational marijuana home delivery.

Lume Cannabis claims to be the first licensed recreational marijuana company to provide home delivery in the state of Michigan.  The service is so far only available in 11 communities in Osceola, Wexford and Mecosta Counties.

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President Donald Trump is proposing a slight increase in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). 

It’s a change in policy for an administration that tried to slash funding in the past. The president had proposed cutting the GLRI’s budget by 90%. But Congress reinstated the funding. 

The president’s budget proposal calls for spending $320 million on projects to clean up the Great Lakes in Fiscal Year 2021.   

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The Michigan State Police are investigating an alleged bar fight between two Flint city officials.  

The fight between councilman Eric Mays and Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s Deputy Chief of Staff allegedly took place at a Flint bar last week. City police turned the investigation over to the MSP.

Eric Mays told reporters Monday night that he’s scheduled to meet with the state police Tuesday morning. 

Mays accuses the mayor of protecting his aide.

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This month, a package of bills was introduced in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature to rein in so-called "corporate welfare."

There are several state programs that exist to assist companies with grants, loans, tax credits and other incentives.

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy,  the state of Michigan is spending more than $700 million on economic development programs this year.  

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Flint residents surprised by a recent big water bill are getting some relief.

In the past, aging meters forced the city to estimate how much water people were using.

The city of Flint is using $9.2 million in federal money from the city’s water crisis to install 26,000 new water meters. About 5,000 meters have been replaced so far.

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On Thursday, the Michigan House of Representatives approved a package of bills intended to reduce the health risks associated with vaping.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has identified Vitamin E acetate as "strongly linked" to a deadly outbreak of vaping-related lung damage. Thousands of people across the nation were hospitalized last year and dozens of people died from severe lung damage, including three in Michigan.

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The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to greatly increase funding for cleaning up the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has annually received $300 million a year since it started in 2010.   

Under the bill passed this week, the funding would increase to $475 million over the next five years. The U.S. Senate may act soon on its own funding bill.

In the past decade, the GLRI has funded thousands of clean-up projects across the Great Lakes. 

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry continues to grow, two months after retail sales became legal.

Michigan voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2018. But retail sales were on hold for more than a year.

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Updated research suggests thousands of Michigan third graders could be forced to repeat the grade because they don’t read well enough.

This is the first class to come under the retention requirement laid out in Michigan’s 2016 third grade reading law.

The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative at Michigan State University looked at reading scores on Michigan's standardized test, which is used to flag students for retention.

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State House Democrats are rolling out a package of bills aimed at forcing corporate polluters to pay for cleaning up their messes.

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Activists are wary of declaring total victory after plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the Canadian shore of Lake Huron were voted down Friday.  

Members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation overwhelmingly voted against Ontario Power Generation’s plan to create a Deep Geologic Repository for low and intermediate nuclear waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron.

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A new University of Michigan study finds more Michiganders in the Medicaid expansion program are going to school and getting jobs.

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The city of Flint is launching a coordinated campaign to attack blight.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley says illegal dumping is a prime target.

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Michigan universities say faculty members and students are returning from trips to China, as the coronavirus outbreak grows worse.

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The United States Supreme Court has dealt a victory to some Flint Michigan residents seeking damages for the city’s contaminated drinking water.

The court’s action last week clears a barrier residents faced trying to sue government officials.

But some Flint residents fear they’re still a long way from getting compensation.

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Saturday’s chilly weather was not enough to keep supporters and critics of the President’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate from holding rallies in Michigan cities.

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Flint’s mayor admits his city should have started preparing for this year’s census a year ago. But he says the city is trying to catch up.

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Michigan is seen as critical in this year’s presidential election.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, won Michigan by a narrow margin in 2016. He was the first Republican to win the state since 1988.

Nationally, Democrats were criticized for not paying enough attention to Michigan, Wisconsin and other battleground states.

In the lead up to the 2020 election, the national Democratic Party is investing heavily to win states they lost in 2016 that were formerly believed to be reliably ‘Blue.’   

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A Michigan representative is hoping to rally support for federal legislation to rein in prescription drug prices.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) met with patients and staff at a Flint area diabetes clinic this week. He was there to hear their stories and to promote the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.   

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Flint residents, sickened by the city’s water crisis, could be a major step closer to having their day in court.

Between 2014 and 2015, improperly treated drinking water exposed city residents to lead and other contaminants. Tens of thousands of Flint residents sued seeking financial damages. 

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The U.S. Senate impeachment trial could affect the re-election of at least one Michigan congresswoman.

But she says her focus is elsewhere.

President Donald Trump's legal team is asserting that he did "absolutely nothing wrong" and is calling the impeachment case "flimsy" and a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The brief from Trump's lawyers was filed before arguments expected this week in the Senate impeachment trial.

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Michigan’s two U.S. Senators are preparing for Tuesday’s opening of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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Supporters of giving undocumented immigrants the ability to get a Michigan driver’s license are stepping up their push to pass legislation currently before the legislature.

Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has wrongly accused tens of thousands of people of cheating on their unemployment claims.
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The state of Michigan is appealing a lower court ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court in a lawsuit involving  people who were falsely accused of defrauding the state Unemployment Insurance Agency.

Between 2013 and 2015, a computer glitch wrongly accused more than 40,000 people of fraud.

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Ongoing erosion is threatening the main road connecting southeast Michigan to the Thumb.

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