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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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President Biden wants to spend more than two trillion dollars rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure. One chunk of that would replace all lead pipes connecting homes to city water mains.

"Everybody remembers what happened in Flint, there's hundreds of Flints all across America," Biden said.

The experience of Flint, Michigan, is not only a cautionary tale about the dangers of letting infrastructure decay. But it’s also a warning about the challenges of fixing the country’s lead pipe problem.

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A group of top law enforcement officials in Southeast Michigan are coming out against a push in Congress to do away with “qualified immunity.”

“Qualified immunity” is a legal doctrine that shields government officials from being held personally liable for damages so long as the officials did not violate clearly established law.

The prospect of changes to the law is raising concerns among law enforcement officials, who fear a wave of civil lawsuits if “qualified immunity” protections are stripped away.  They predict the litigation could bankrupt local governments. 

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The push is on to get Michigan parents with children under 17 years old to file their federal tax forms to qualify for an expanded child tax credit. The credit will include children who turn 17 in 2021.

As part of federal COVID-19 economic relief, a child tax credit will provide families with a monthly payment up to $300 per child starting in July, running through December.

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National Republican Party leaders say they plan to target three incumbent Michigan Democrats in next year’s Congressional elections.

The National Republican Congressional Committee helps elect GOP candidates with direct financial contributions, as well as technical and research assistance. The group also organizes voter registration and election turnout programs.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is lifting an outdoor mask requirement except in gatherings of 100 or more people and in organized contact sports.  The revised pandemic order takes effect Thursday. 

Large outdoor events, like festivals, fairs, and golf tournaments will be able to exceed the current 1,000-person limit, so long as they post a safety plan consistent with state outdoor event regulations.

Also, anyone who is fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms is not required to wear a mask at residential gatherings.

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“Play Ball” will finally be heard in minor league ballparks in Michigan this week.

It’s their first games after missing all of last year's season to COVID-19.

Three minor league baseball teams in Michigan play their opening games of the 2021 season Tuesday. 

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A new University of Michigan study found an increase in the percentage of adolescents reporting concussions.

The study looked at 50,000 eighth, tenth and twelfth graders between 2016 and 2020. 19.5% of those students reported concussions in 2016. In 2020, 24.6% reported concussions. 

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Michigan is seeing progress in the fight against COVID-19.

But the pandemic continues to exact a toll.

Michigan added another 5,035 coronavirus positive cases on Monday, bringing the state’s total number of positive coronavirus cases to 849,420 since the pandemic began a year ago. That includes 17,771 Michiganders who’ve died.

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Eli Broad, a Michigan State University alumnus who became a billionaire philanthropist and contemporary art collector, has died. He was 87.

Suzi Emmerling, a spokeswoman for the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, confirmed his death to The Associated Press. She said Broad died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long illness.

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A new federal program is providing money for Michigan bars and restaurants hard-hit by COVID-19.

But one industry official says more help is needed.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is providing $28.6 billion in direct relief through the U.S. Small Business Administration under the American Rescue Plan.   

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A congressional committee will hear testimony next week on the need to speed up health care benefits for service members exposed to toxic burn pits overseas. 

Two Michigan representatives are behind the "Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act of 2021" to accomplish that.

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Sunday marks the seventh anniversary of the start of the Flint water crisis.

On April 25, 2014, officials pushed the button switching Flint’s drinking water source from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River.

The river water was not properly treated, resulting in lead leeching from old pipes into the city’s drinking water. 

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Michigan nurses took their concerns about COVID-19 workplace issues to members of Congress Thursday.

Many Michigan hospitals are at or near their capacity limits as the state struggles with another surge in COVID cases.

During a zoom conference with Michigan congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib, nurses said the recent surge in COVID cases is showing again problems in Michigan hospitals that have existed since the pandemic began.

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There’s talk of a major investment in Flint Community Schools.

But at this point, it’s still just talk.

Flint public schools have been caught in a downward spiral for years, declining enrollment fueled by aging buildings.

But key players in Flint have been talking behind the scenes about a plan to build new schools.

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Part of the $641 million Flint water crisis settlement might be in jeopardy.

McLaren Flint Hospital agreed to contribute $20 million to the settlement. The rest of the money is coming from the state of Michigan, the city of Flint and Rowe Professional Services.

The hospital faces lawsuits tied to deadly Legionnaires' Disease cases after the city of Flint’s drinking water was switched.  At least a dozen people died and scores more fell ill with the pneumonia-like illness. Roughly half the cases had links to the McLaren hospital.

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A new University of Michigan study finds female nurses’ risk of suicide is twice as high as the general population.

Researchers examined CDC data from 2007 through 2018.

Christopher Friese is the Director of the Center for Improving Patient and Population Health. He’s worried nurses in the U.S. have been in trouble for a long time and they were in trouble before the pandemic began.

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Two brothers accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer will have to keep wearing electronic tethers as they await trial.

A judge made the decision Wednesday. 

William and Michael Null are facing numerous charges in Antrim County, including providing material support for terrorist acts.

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Michigan members of Congress are once again pushing legislation to speed the cleanup of sites contaminated with PFAS.

PFAS are a family of industrial chemicals linked to serious human health problems. PFAS can be found in a variety of commercially-produced products, ranging from housewares to firefighting foam.

The Environmental Working Group says there are 2,337 PFAS contamination sites in 49 States. There are 162 sites in Michigan.

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Doctors are encouraging Michigan parents to get their children’s routine vaccines up to date.

During the COVID-19 pandemic there’s been a significant decline in the percentage of children getting their measles, mumps and other vaccines.

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The state Senate elections committee is prepared to take up some voting reform bills Tuesday.

Republicans introduced 39 bills they claim are in response to concerns raised in last year’s defeat of President Donald Trump. The senate Elections and Ethics committee has three of the bills on their agenda this week. 

But critics say the legislation is about “voter suppression”.

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It appears the United States Air Force is in no hurry to abide by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request to use Michigan’s standards for cleaning up PFAS contamination at a former Air Force base.

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It’s been more than a week since the registration period for the Flint water settlement closed, but it remains unclear exactly how many people signed up.

People affected by the Flint water crisis had until March 29th to register for the $641 million settlement involving the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, McLaren Flint Hospital and Rowe Professional Services.

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Genesee County prosecutors are charging three Oakland County attorneys with racketeering stemming from an alleged debt collection scheme.

The Fishman Group law firm in Bloomfield Hills specializes in debt collection.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested 70-year-old Marc Fishman. He is the president and CEO of the Fishman Group. Also arrested was his son, 32-year-old Ryan Fishman and 33-year-old Alexandra Ichim, a third attorney in the law firm.

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Michigan’s Secretary of State is at odds with State Senate Republicans over appearing before a committee to testify on election security.

The state Senate Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet April 20.

State Director of Elections Jonathan Brater is scheduled to appear.  But Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has declined.

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More than ten months after a devastating flood, a Sanford institution is reopening on Easter Sunday.

The May 19 failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams after days of heavy rain contributed to a 500-year flood event that inundated parts of Midland and Gladwin counties. Thousands of people were forced from their homes. The flood caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

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The state of Michigan is being sued over COVID-19 testing regulations by a group advocating for high school athletes.

Michigan has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, which state officials have linked, in part, to youth sports.

The group, Let Them Play, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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In the final few days before Monday’s deadline to opt-in or opt-out of the settlement, people stood in long lines outside the Flint water settlement law office in downtown Flint. Many needed help filling out the settlement forms.

But it appears the wait was successful.

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A judge has agreed to put the criminal case against former Gov. Rick Snyder on hold for a few months.

Snyder is facing two misdemeanor counts of Willful Neglect of Duty tied to the Flint water crisis. If convicted, the former governor could face up to year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. He has entered pleas of not guilty.

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Three men accused of being part of a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are due to be back in a Jackson County courtroom Monday.

A judge is scheduled to hear final arguments in the men’s pre-trial hearing and is expected to decide whether to bind them over for trial.

Michigan Radio reporter Steve Carmody joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to discuss the case. 

Doug Tribou: Who are the three defendents?

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Monday is the deadline for people to register for the $641 million Flint water crisis master settlement.

As of a week ago, more than 33,000 people had registered to be part of the settlement.  

Attorneys say they have seen a crush of people in the last week wanting to opt-in or opt-out of the settlement. The lawyers say the deadline crunch will make it difficult for them to help people register and file objections to the settlement.   They asked U.S. District Judge Judith Levy to extend the deadline by another 60 days.

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