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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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Former special prosecutor Todd Flood is off the team handling the Flint water crisis criminal investigation.

In 2016, Todd Flood was appointed by former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to oversee the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis.   He was demoted earlier this year by new Attorney General Dana Nessel. Now he’s out altogether.

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This Tuesday, the way Michigan regulates the marijuana industry will undergo a change.

On March 1st, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) signed executive order 2019-7. The order created the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The agency will officially replace the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board this week.

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Michigan’s governor says it’s going to take time to win back the trust of Flint residents, who were lied to during the city’s water crisis. 

Five years after the ill-fated switch of Flint’s drinking water source, the city’s residents remain wary of the water flowing from their taps and politicians who claim it’s safe to drink.

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Michigan’s U.S. Senator says the Trump administration is performing a “disservice” to the American people by fighting Congressional demands for documents.

President Donald Trump says the White House will be "fighting all the subpoenas" issued by House Democrats.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) says the Trump administration’s actions are “frustrating.”

“The American people have a right to know what happens in government,” says Peters. “And when you have an administration who tries to act in secret that does a disservice to the American people.”

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Five years ago today, Flint’s drinking water source was switched, setting the stage for the city’s water crisis.  

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A top Pentagon official told an audience in Oscoda on Wednesday that another four years of study are needed on the PFAS contamination seeping from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

The industrial chemicals present a threat to human health. They've been used in firefighting foam on U.S. military bases.

John Henderson is an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. He says the Pentagon would like to move faster on cleanup efforts, but it has to be careful.

“We continue to study aggressively, as quickly as we can, what the extent of the problem is,” says Henderson. "So when we do get a solution, it’s the right solution. We get it right the first time.”

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Several events are scheduled Thursday to look back at the beginning of the Flint water crisis. There’s also one looking forward.  

On April 25th, 2014, the city’s drinking water source was switched to the Flint River. But improperly treated river water damaged pipes, releasing lead into Flint’s drinking water.

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Michigan’s licensed medical marijuana businesses are starting to push back against the state’s apparent willingness to allow unlicensed dispensaries to stay open.

They plan to rally at the state capitol on Wednesday.

For months, operators of dozens of unlicensed provisioning centers convinced state regulators to extend deadlines to require that they obtain a state license to operate. When the state set a firm March 31st deadline, the dispensaries convinced a Court of Claims judge to issue a stay. The judge is expected to issue a ruling this week which may allow the unlicensed centers to keep their doors open.

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Rep. Dan Kildee [D-Flint] says unity among House Democrats is threatened by divisions over whether to pursue an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump.

The House Democratic Caucus held a conference call Monday to discuss whether to pursue impeachment.

Part of Kildee’s job as Deputy Party Whip is to marshal unity among his Democratic colleagues.

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Across the state Michiganders are taking part in projects to mark Earth Day, and not all of them are taking place far away from the state’s urban centers.

In Saginaw, dozens of volunteers are spending the day cleaning up vacant lots. It’s part of a larger program to put in plants that attract pollinating insects and wildlife across the city.  

Zachary Branigan is the executive director of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.

He says there’s a wildlife corridor that goes right through the city of Saginaw and Bay City, up and down the Saginaw Valley. 

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Oscoda residents will meet with high ranking U.S. Air Force officials this week to discuss the cleanup of PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force base.

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, John Henderson, will hold a public forum in Oscoda next Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at the Oscoda Township Community Center.

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A new Michigan State University study finds marijuana users gain less weight over time than those who don’t consume cannabis products.

The “munchies” have long been associated with marijuana use.

But MSU researchers say that doesn’t lead to serious weight gain.

In a study appearing in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers reviewed the body mass records of more than 30,000 people over the age of 18.

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The man convicted of a terrorist attack at Flint’s Bishop International Airport in 2017 is expressing no remorse.

Shackled, wearing a baggy orange prison jumpsuit, Amor Ftouhi defiantly told the judge Thursday he regretted not killing the airport police officer he slashed with a knife in June of 2017.

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A new study finds Michigan is doing well in educating very young children. 

But the report’s authors are concerned about the future.

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The City of Flint is getting a nearly $80 million loan from the state to fix its water infrastructure.

The zero interest loan will fund the completion of a secondary water source pipeline, pump station improvements, replacing water mains and improved water quality monitoring.

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When Amor Ftouhi arrives in court this week the only question is how many years in prison he'll face for stabbing a Flint airport police officer in 2017.

Last week, federal prosecutors and defense attorneys submitted their recommendations to U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. The two sides agree that Amor Ftouhi committed the crime. But they ask the judge to consider two different sentences.

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Attorneys representing groups that sued to force the replacement of Flint’s lead service lines expect the job will get done this year.

Earlier this week, the city of Flint awarded contracts to replace the lead and galvanized pipes connecting homes to city water mains. It’s the final phase of a project started at the height of Flint’s water crisis. The pipes were a primary source of lead in Flint’s drinking water.

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Michigan’s Secretary of State says it’s time to modernize her department’s 131 branch offices.

Jocelyn Benson spent the past few months visiting each office in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

She says she didn’t like what she saw.

“Too often people need to wait in line too long to have their business done with the Secretary of State’s office,” Benson told reporters at a news conference in Detroit Thursday. “It is unacceptable and it needs to change.”

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A Dearborn man who's accused of fighting with ISIS faces new federal charges.

Ibraheem Izzy Musaibli was captured on the battlefield in Syria, and last July he was turned over to U.S. officials.

According to the indictment released this week, from April 2015 through June 2018, Musaibli “knowingly provided and attempted to provide material support to ISIS," also known as the Islamic State, and received “military-type training” from the terrorist organization.

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Dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana provisioning centers can continue to operate as attorneys try to reach an agreement with the state.

Attorneys for the medical marijuana businesses and state regulators met behind closed doors at the Hall of Justice in Lansing for a couple hours Tuesday. But the two sides could not reach an agreement that could keep 50 provisioning centers open.

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver kicked her re-election campaign Tuesday.

Standing in a church pulpit, the mayor touted improving crime statistics and the city’s ongoing recovery from its water crisis. 

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Monday night, the Flint city council signed off on the final phase of the city’s lead pipe replacement project.

The council approved contracts with two companies to inspect four to eight thousand service lines between now and the end of July. The contractors will replace any lead service lines connecting homes to city water mains. The work could begin as early as next week.

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is touting what may be a key plank in her re-election campaign, a day before she’s expected to announce her plan to run again.   

On a noisy factory floor, Weaver joined local education and business leaders to discuss a new job training program, calling it “a very special announcement.”

Mott Community College is teaming up with Android Industries to find local applicants to fill dozens of new jobs at the company’s south Flint manufacturing plant. 

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Eleven members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are urging federal immigration officials to hold off on deporting hundreds of Iraqi nationals.

This week, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider a December ruling that overturned a Detroit judge's decision that blocked the deportation of hundreds of Iraqi immigrants with criminal records.

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A Southgate school has made changes after the American Civil Liberties Union-Michigan warned it may be breaking the law in its student application process.

The ACLU sent a letter to the Creative Montessori Academy this week demanding that it revise its online enrollment process. The civil rights group says the school was potentially violating the constitutional rights of undocumented school-age children.

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A colorful and controversial former mayor of Flint has died.

Don Williamson's death from a respiratory ailment was announced Tuesday by Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton, who called the former mayor a "brilliant" businessman who "could turn about anything into a profit."

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A federal judge has reinserted former Governor Rick Snyder as a defendant in a massive civil lawsuit.

The suit seeks damages related to the Flint water crisis.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says a law passed last year to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Mackinac Straits is unconstitutional.

One of the first things Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did when she took office in January was to ask for an attorney general’s opinion on the law, which former Gov. Rick Snyder pushed through in the waning days of the legislature.

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Congress is considering legislation that would allow Michigan banks to work with marijuana businesses.

Federal law currently prohibits banks and credit unions from handling money for cannabis businesses.

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