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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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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) says her administration is working with Flint’s leaders to finish replacing lead service lines.

Since Flint’s water crisis, the city has been replacing lead and galvanized steel service lines connecting homes to city water mains. The pipes were a primary source of lead particles which contaminated the city’s drinking water. 

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The dispute between Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders over revamping the state’s environmental regulatory department is set to begin another round.

Republican lawmakers have already thwarted Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s first attempt to use an executive order to overhaul the Department of Environmental Quality. GOP lawmakers were critical of Whitmer’s decision to eliminate panels created by state lawmakers to oversee the agency’s decisions.

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Flint is the latest Michigan city to file a lawsuit against the nation’s largest manufacturers of opioid drugs.

Lawyers for the city filed a 111 page brief in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday. 

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel calls President Trump’s emergency declaration for a southern border wall a “publicity stunt”.

That’s why she’s signed on to a federal lawsuit filed in California this week.

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Michigan’s auto industry is bracing for potential tariffs on imported auto parts.

The U.S. Commerce Department delivered a report on Sunday to the White House on the national security implications of imported vehicle and auto parts. The “Section 232” national security report could potentially create the grounds for the president to impose a 25% tariff on imported vehicles and auto parts.

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Big rigs on Michigan roads may soon be getting longer and heavier.

Congress will soon be taking up legislation regulating the nation’s roadways. Trucking industry advocacy groups are lobbying for the federal government to allow haulers to extend twin-trailers to extend up to an additional ten feet in length. 

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Local Secretary of State offices around Michigan and the department’s online services will be getting a major computer upgrade this weekend.

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State regulators are projecting an $18.2 million sales tax windfall from sales of medical marijuana this fiscal year.

7,002 pounds of medical marijuana products have been sold since state monitoring began marijuana sales in October, tallying $33,367,841.

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A company angling to be Michigan’s largest cannabis business harvested its first crop this week.

At Green Peak Innovations' south Lansing grow operation, hair-net wearing workers are spending this week harvesting 600 to 800 pounds of marijuana.

“We are bringing a tremendous amount of production to the market. And some of it's ready to go to the market in the next couple of weeks,” says CEO Jeff Radway.   

Radway says 50% of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensaries have committed to carrying Green Peak’s Skymint brand. The company is also planning on opening 19 retail stores.  

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Detroit’s mayor calls Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law “morally indefensible.”

Mayor Mike Duggan took his campaign to change the law to the state capitol Wednesday.

Duggan outlined what he says are the problems with Michigan’s high auto insurance rates to the state Senate Insurance and Banking Committee.

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Winter weather has been disrupting High School sports schedules more than usual this year.

Dozens of school districts have canceled classes and other events, including sports, this year as the polar vortex sent temperatures plunging in January and winter storms have sent snow drifts deepening in February. 

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New data shows elevated levels of PFAS in sewers passing through the old Buick City site in Flint.

PFAS are a family of chemicals that have been linked to serious health concerns.   

The term PFAS refers specifically to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, (the term “PFCs,” or perfluorinated chemicals is also sometimes used).

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This week, Michiganders and others will have their chance to say goodbye to the late Congressman John Dingell.      

John Dingell died last week. He was 92. He served longer in Congress than anyone in U.S. history.

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Federal workers in Michigan are getting anxious with the deadline for another potential partial government shutdown less than a week away.

The White House is not ruling out another government shutdown, as lawmakers continue to negotiate funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

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A University of Michigan researcher says people have more negative views of wind turbines if communities fail to be open and transparent when considering wind energy projects.

Sarah Mills is a senior project manager at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at UM's Ford School of Public Policy. She and her colleagues quizzed people in Michigan communities considering wind energy projects.

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We’ll have to wait until at least May before we’ll know whether or not Michigan’s former state health department director will stand trial in connection to the Flint water crisis.

Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah says it will take time to research and write his decision on a defense motion to quash a lower court ruling binding former director Nick Lyon over for trial. 

Paul Ajegba (right) talks with people before Tuesday's Senate Advice and Consent committee meeting.
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The man picked to implement Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s main campaign promise to “fix the damn roads” was grilled by state senators Tuesday.

Paul Ajegba has been with the Michigan Department of Transportation for nearly three decades. He was picked by the governor in December to serve as MDOT director. 

He told the Senate Advice and Consent committee that Michigan’s poor roads are a result of a history of temporary fixes to stretch state tax dollars. Ajegba noted Michigan has ranked near the bottom for per capita spending on roads.

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People living near the Marathon refinery in southwest Detroit are calling for “more transparency” after a foul odor from the plant descended on surrounding neighborhoods Sunday.

The source of the odors was a malfunctioning flare gas system which allowed hydrogen sulfide and other compounds to be released into the air.

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A new report shows 70% of the money spent on Michigan ballot questions last year came from non-profit groups that concealed their donors.

In November, voters approved measures legalizing recreational marijuana, a commission to redraw political districts and expanding voting access. State lawmakers approved two other petitions, raising the minimum wage and requiring earned sick leave, only to water down the laws later.

Craig Mauger is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He says supporters and opponents of a half-dozen ballot question campaigns spent nearly $46 million altogether during the 2018 election cycle.

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Environmentalists are giving a road map to Michigan’s elected leaders for dealing with threats to the state’s land, lakes and drinking water.  

Twenty conservation and environmental groups delivered their recommendations last week.

Lisa Wozniak is the executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. 

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A circuit court judge is weighing arguments over whether Michigan’s former state health department director should face a jury trial on charges related to the Flint water crisis.

Nicolas Lyon was bound over last year to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges related to a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County between 2014 and 2015. At least 12 people died during the outbreak. Lyon is charged in connection with two of those deaths.  

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Homeless shelters across Michigan expect to be full again Thursday evening as there’s one more night of bitter cold temperatures in the forecast.

Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan operates shelters in Saginaw and Bay City. The shelters house dozens of single men and families.

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With record low temperatures hitting the Midwest this week, warming centers are open in communities across Michigan. But in smaller towns, businesses are stepping up to provide a place to escape the cold.

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Michigan members of Congress are joining efforts to prevent future federal government shutdowns.

The recently ended 35-day partial government shutdown failed to resolve the issues that created it, namely the president’s demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

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There’s a bill in the Michigan legislature which could lead to teachers getting special mental health training.

State Sen. Sylvia Santana’s bill directs the Departments of Education & Health and Human Services to develop a professional development course for teachers on “mental health first aid.”

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The Michigan Board of Education is launching the search for a new state School Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The board has hired the executive search firm Ray & Associates to conduct the search.

The job of Michigan’s top educator has been in limbo since the death last Spring of former state school superintendent Brian Whiston. 

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Two state officials will be sentenced next month on charges connected to the Flint water crisis.

Mike Prysby and Stephen Busch both entered pleas of no contest to minor misdemeanor charges last month.    A judge this week scheduled their sentencing for February 13th.

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The technicians who maintain the nation’s air traffic system warn the ongoing partial federal government shutdown is affecting air safety.

A weekend offer that President Donald Trump says is a compromise with Democrats doesn't appear to be on track to ending the partial government shutdown, now in Day 31.

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Over the weekend, parts of Michigan recorded temperatures well below zero.

The bitter cold temps come as many Michiganders are struggling to get help from the state to keep the heat on in their homes.

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This week, a state Senate committee will take up legislation to put limits on police seizures of private property.

Under current law, police agencies in Michigan can take property from criminal suspects, even if they are never convicted of a crime.    

There’s legislation in both the Michigan House and Senate that would require a conviction to seize property, including cars and other valuables worth less than $50,000.

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