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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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The city of Detroit is teaming up with investment banking giant Goldman Sachs to provide up to $15 million in loans to Detroit small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Solomon is the Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs. He says small businesses have perhaps never been at more risk.

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A federal appeals court has handed a victory to Detroit public school students suing for the “right to literacy.”

One of the attorneys in the case called the ruling “historic.”

The 2016 lawsuit was filed against the state of Michigan on behalf of students from several of Detroit’s worst performing schools.

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Michigan’s Attorney General is asking a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that extended the state’s filing deadline for the August primary. 

The state of Michigan is expected to soon start releasing more information on the number of COVID-19 cases in specific nursing homes.

Hundreds of nursing home residents have tested positive for the disease in Michigan.

Melissa Samuel is the president of the Health Care Association of Michigan. She does not expect publicizing the numbers will “stigmatize” hard hit nursing homes.

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Michigan’s greenhouse retail industry hopes to hear sooner rather than later if Governor Gretchen Whitmer will allow them to reopen May 1st.

Most, if not all, greenhouses closed because of the governor’s Stay Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when Easter and spring sales start to ramp up.

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On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a partnership with CVS Health to roll out rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn. The Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test offers super-fast results, under 15 minutes.

Detroit was one of the first cities to deploy the rapid test, particularly to screen first responders and health care workers in quarantine, so healthy people could return to work. Mayor Mike Duggan suggested on Monday a deal for more machines was coming. But NPR reports some health care systems have stopped using it because of questions about its reliability.

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Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are helping the city of Detroit assess the COVID-19 spread in the city’s nursing homes.

124 Detroit nursing home residents have died since the outbreak began. Hundreds more have tested positive for the disease, though half showed no symptoms.

Many in Michigan are mourning the death of five-year-old Skylar Herbert, the state’s youngest victim of COVID-19. She died on Sunday. 

Her parents are a Detroit city police officer and a city firefighter. 

Mayor Mike Duggan called her “a true daughter of the city of Detroit.”

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Michigan families who are owed child support will start receiving money this week tied to federal pandemic stimulus payments.

“The Office of Child Support wants to make sure parents understand what is happening with stimulus payments to people who owe child support,” said Erin Frisch, director of the state Office of Child Support in a written statement.   

The money is coming from stimulus payments earmarked for non-custodial parents who owe back child support.

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This week, Flint marks the sixth anniversary of the drinking water switch that led to the city’s water crisis.

Improperly treated water drawn from the Flint River exposed city residents to lead and other contaminants.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry is maintaining, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown.

Customers are still showing up at Michigan’s recreational marijuana retail outlets.

Adult-use sales spiked to $5.7 million the week before the governor issued the stay-home order.

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Starting Monday, the city of Detroit is offering COVID-19 testing for essential workers who do not have symptoms of the disease.

Mayor Mike Duggan says the state fairgrounds drive-thru testing site has more capacity now that surrounding counties have expanded their own testing. 

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A federal judge is ordering the state of Michigan to extend the filing deadline for political candidates trying to get on the August ballot.

“These are not normal times,” U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg wrote in his order, that the state must reduce the number of required signatures by 50%, allow for the collection of electronic signatures, and extend the deadline to May 8.

There's been a big jump in the number of Michiganders who've recovered from COVID-19.

To identify people who have recovered, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reviews vital records statistics to identify any laboratory confirmed COVID-19 patients that are 30 days or more out from their onset of illness.

The numbers are updated weekly.  

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Michigan has passed another grim milestone in its battle with COVID-19.

State officials Thursday confirmed that more than 2,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Michigan.

Michigan’s coronavirus death toll now stand at 2,093 after state health officials added another 172 fatalities on Thursday.

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A federal judge is promising to issue a ruling on a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s signature petition deadline for the August primary.

The deadline for candidates to submit petition signatures is April 21st.

But the governor’s Stay Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic shut down normal petition circulation on March 23rd.

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Plummeting casino, property and income tax revenues are forcing Detroit’s mayor to raid the city’s savings accounts and trim its workforce.

Mayor Mike Duggan says the city is facing a $348 million budget gap over the next 16 months because of the loss tax revenue tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of Michigan is expanding testing criteria for suspected COVID-19 cases.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced it is expanding testing criteria for COVID-19 to include individuals with mild symptoms.

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A union representing grocery store employees in Michigan says “careless customers” are probably the biggest threat to their workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union says 96% of their members nationally are “concerned” about being exposed to the coronavirus at work.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says Duggan says nearly every trend is heading in an “encouraging direction” in the city’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan’s largest city has been at the epicenter of the state’s fight with the coronavirus.

To date, Detroit has recorded 395 deaths and 6,781 people testing positive for the coronavirus.  

But Mayor Duggan says there are signs the city’s struggles are easing.

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Sunday’s single-day COVID-19 deaths and numbers of positive cases in Michigan were both down, but state officials say the numbers may not be “significant.”

The number of positive cases confirmed on Sunday (645) was just over half that of Saturday (1,210). And the number of deaths (95) from COVID-19 reported in Michigan on Sunday was less than half the number reported on Friday (205).

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Starting Monday, Michiganders who are self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors and other low income workers who’ve lost work because of COVID-19 can apply for special unemployment benefits.

More than 800,000 Michiganders have applied for unemployment benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the state in mid-March. But people who are self-employed and some low income workers have faced obstacles.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a plan on Saturday to open or expand 13 COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites. Some of the sites will being operating Monday.

Whitmer says the sites will provide greater access to testing across Michigan and a new lab will speed up test results.

“Better access to testing and quicker results are critical to our public health officials who are fighting coronavirus,” says Whitmer. “More testing will save lives.”

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The state of Michigan has agreements from nearly all of the state’s health insurance companies to waive patient costs tied to COVID-19 testing and treatments.

The agreements cover copays, deductibles and coinsurance for coronavirus treatment that includes testing, primary care and emergency room visits, ambulance rides and FDA approved vaccines and medications when they’re available.

Saginaw Mayor Floyd Kloc has ordered travel restrictions in the city to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order issued on Thursday prohibits travel on county or local roads within the city between 9pm and 6am. The order will be in place for the next week. 

The city of Detroit is stepping up its COVID-19 testing of the homeless.

As of Thursday, 13 Detroit homeless men and women have tested positive for the disease, with more than a dozen others awaiting test results.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city may not need all of the 1,000 beds set up at the TCF Center

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has been transforming the former Cobo Center into a COVID-19 field hospital. The center is expected to start accepting patients this week.    

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says Michigan’s biggest city is seeing a “glimmer of light” in its fight against COVID-19.

According to the state, 222 Detroiters have died from COVID-19 during the outbreak.    

A few weeks ago, Detroit’s death toll was doubling every two or three days. But as the numbers have climbed, the rate that overall number doubled increased to four or five days.

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The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi has been selected as the site for a COVID-19 field hospital.

According to the state, after the conversion, the Suburban Collection Showplace will provide 250,000 square feet and bed space to accommodate up to 1,000 COVID-19 cases.

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Detroit Tiger great Al Kaline has died.  

He was 85.

In the pantheon of great Detroit baseball players, only one is known as “Mr. Tiger.” 

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