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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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Media billionaire Michael Bloomberg formally launches the Michigan phase of his presidential campaign Saturday.

The former New York City mayor is opening his Michigan campaign headquarters near Eastern Market.

Bloomberg launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination less than a month ago. Many of the other candidates have been actively running for the party’s nomination for a year. 

But Bloomberg is looking to level the playing field by spending $100 million of his own money on advertising.

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Michigan’s Attorney General’s office is “encouraged” by a change in the Vatican’s position on sexual abuse investigations.

This week, Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in handling clergy sexual abuse cases. The move could provide prosecutors greater access to previously hidden church documents and testimony.

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State prosecutors are still not saying when to expect new criminal charges in the Flint water crisis probe.

Thursday evening, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley in cutting a ribbon officially opening the department’s new office in Flint. The office will handle multiple jobs. But its highest profile mission is related to the investigation into Flint’s water crisis.

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Vice President Mike Pence fired up the president’s base at a small noon-hour rally in Saginaw, as the U.S. House of Representatives debated impeaching President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a group called Workers for Trump, the Vice President stressed the nation’s low unemployment rate and new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

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A new University of Michigan study reports a significant spike in the number of adolescents vaping marijuana.

The U of M Monitoring the Future study has been tracking teenage drug use for 45 years.

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State regulators have recalled their first marijuana products containing a problematic additive.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency put emergency rules into place banning Vitamin E acetate in cannabis vaping products.  

Vitamin E acetate has been linked to a deadly vaping-related lung damage outbreak. State and federal health officials have traced about half of more than 2,300 cases of severe lung damage to vaping marijuana products containing Vitamin E acetate.  More than 50 people have died, including two people in Michigan. 

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Michigan is going to be in the national spotlight Wednesday as President Donald Trump campaigns in Battle Creek, while at the same time the U.S. House of Representatives debates impeaching him.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy hopes to channel some first time young offenders into a new mediation program and away from the criminal justice system.

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Emily Heyboer adopted her poodle Charlie a couple years ago. 

Charlie was expensive, but the pet store offered a monthly billing option.  

It was only later that Heyboer realized she was leasing, not buying her pet, and that Charlie could be repossessed.

“This predatory leasing of pets is just terrible for both the pet owner and the pet and it causes a lot of emotional issues as well as a lot of financial issues for a lot of families,” says Heyboer.

Heyboer eventually spent thousands of dollars above the dog’s original purchase price to buy her dog.

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Flint voters will decide in March if they will support a millage that will help eliminate their school district’s deficit.

On Wednesday night, the school board voted to put the millage on the ballot.    

School board members had a choice of what to ask Flint voters. They could ask for either a renewal of the district’s current sinking fund millage, which pays for things like roof repairs, or ask voters to support a deficit reduction bond and a smaller sinking fund. Board members opted for the latter. 

“Doing two things: number one, helping us to make sure we reduce our deficit more quickly. And to actually also keep our buildings safe,” says Superintendent Derrick Lopez.

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Legislation speeding through the Michigan Legislature goes after businesses that sell vaping products with a specific additive.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has linked Vitamin E acetate to a majority of roughly 2,300 cases of severe lung damage connected to the use of vaping products. 48 people have died, including two in Michigan. 

It’s believed black market vendors use Vitamin E acetate to dilute THC oil for vaping products.

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The head of Michigan’s marijuana regulatory agency says the new recreational retail market is off to a “normal shakeout”.

In the first eight days since the retail market became legal, Michigan’s handful of recreational marijuana stores sold more than $1.6 million worth of cannabis products. 

But not everyone in Michigan’s marijuana industry is happy.

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A major Flint-based company has been bought by a Minnesota company.

UnitedHealth Group's OptumRx pharmacy care services unit announced Monday that it is acquiring Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. for $300 million.

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A state House committee this week considers a package of bills meant to improve protection for neglected and abused Michigan children.

A 2018 audit found serious issues in Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services.  

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Groups supporting a ban on child marriages in Michigan are renewing their call on the Legislature to take action on a package of bills to outlaw the practice.

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Michigan is among the states expected to be hardest hit by changes announced on Wednesday in the federal food stamp program.

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

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The United Auto Workers announced some internal changes on Monday in response to a federal investigation into the union’s finances.

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Michigan lawmakers are considering bills that would prohibit hunters from using state scientific data to help them bag their prey. The concern arose after a hunter used the Freedom of Information Act to learn where particular game birds can be found in larger numbers.

The bills cover data involving a variety of game species including deer, bears, wild turkeys and wolves.

Nick Green is with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He says there is concern using state data may give hunters an unfair advantage.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana retail market is set to open this weekend. But a new study says state cannabis education programs might want to focus on an unexpected group: parents.

The study finds parental marijuana use is associated with increased risk of marijuana and tobacco use, and opioid misuse by children.

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The state of Michigan has reported its first decline in overdose deaths in six years.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says overall overdose deaths declined by 3.2% in 2018. 

Opioid-related fatal overdoses also declined. The decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018 was largely driven by decreases in the number of deaths due to poisoning by heroin and commonly prescribed drugs, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Amir Hekmati steps off a plane at Bishop Airport in Flint.
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A Flint man held for four years by the Iranian government is now suing the U.S. government.

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Flint school district officials are putting off decisions on closing some district schools.

Flint Community Schools are facing a multi-million dollar deficit. Earlier this month, district officials floated a proposal to eliminate the debt, that included closing some schools in January.

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An Ann Arbor business is the first to get a state recreational marijuana license.

More licenses are expected to be handed out before retail sales begin December 1st.

State marijuana regulators handed the first licenses of growing, processing and dispensing recreational marijuana to the owners of Exclusive Brands LLC.

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Flint’s former city spokeswoman is joining a crowded field of candidates to fill a vacant state House seat.

Sheldon Neeley resigned from his State House 34th District seat, after winning this month's Flint mayoral election.

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In a little more than two weeks, Michigan will formally join the list of states where an adult can legally buy marijuana for recreational purposes. 

But most Michigan cities and towns are saying “no” to the retail market.

Michigan voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana use by a wide margin 12 months ago.  

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Recreational marijuana sales may start in Michigan months sooner than expected.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency posted a bulletin to cannabis businesses on Wednesday advising them of a rule change that will allow retail recreational sales starting December 1st.

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An effort is underway to improve property values in some Flint neighborhoods.

Driving through Flint’s north side, it’s not uncommon to see nicely kept single family homes sitting next door to vacant and blighted homes.

A new program hopes to rehab those blighted homes, and in turn bring in first time homebuyers and improve property values around the entire neighborhood.

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Doctors say a 17-year-old faces a long recovery after undergoing a double lung transplant after suffering from a vaping-related lung illness.

The teen was hospitalized back on Sept. 5th for what doctors originally diagnosed as pneumonia. But his condition deteriorated quickly. In less than two weeks, his lungs grew so weak that he had to be placed on a machine just to keep him alive.

He celebrated his birthday waiting for a transplant.

He was transferred to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he underwent a double lung transplant last month.

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“I do solemnly swear or affirm…” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley repeated as he took his oath of office on Monday, before an overflow crowd at Flint City Hall.

Neeley defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver last week in a very close election.

In his address, Neeley repeatedly stressed the need for unity going forward.

Neeley also urged Flint residents to take a similar oath.

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