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Vincent Duffy

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Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007.

In his years  leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team has won scores of national, regional and state awards including Murrow Awards,  Sigma Delta Chi awards, a duPont award and others. 

Duffy is the Chair of the Radio/Television/Digital News Foundation (RTDNA), the charitable arm of the world’s largest organization representing electronic journalists. He has twice been Chair of RTDNA in 2012, and 2017.

Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and then toured the world as a radio journalist covering news in Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.

After returning stateside he earned a master’s degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio while working as a reporter at WMUB in Oxford.

Duffy then had his first taste of a Big Ten school when he joined the news team at WILL at the University of Illinois as a reporter, Morning Edition host, and eventually News Director. While at the University of Illinois he also completed his doctoral coursework in communication research.

In 1997 Duffy returned to Kent State University as news director of WKSU.

In addition to his work for WKSU and NPR in Ohio, Vince hosted the weekly television news program  NewsNight Akron on PBS 45 & 49. His first television documentary, “Sharing Democracy: The Akron/Subotica Partnership”, received the prestigious Telly Award and added Serbia to the growing list of destinations Vince has traveled to cover news. Vince also produced and hosted several PBS 45 & 49 specials, political debates and documentaries.

Duffy has won seven national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, a national Unity award, and many others.

In 2008 he added Ghana to his list of countries visited when he covered a University of Michigan delegation led by U of M President Mary Sue Coleman.

Along with his obvious love of travel, Vince enjoys playing piano, photography and martial arts. He has second degree black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate.

You can follow Vince on Twitter @vincentduffy

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Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Following two nights of protests in Detroit over the police killing of George Floyd, where police released tear gas on protesters in attempts to divide and separate the crowd, a mandated curfew seemed to help quell activity in the city on Sunday evening.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

What started out as a large peaceful protest in Grand Rapids against police violence during the day on Saturday turned chaotic at night and into the early hours of Sunday morning. Police fired tear gas at the protesters, trying to break up the group. The group broke up into many smaller groups, but then went throughout downtown smashing windows, looting stores and setting many police cruisers on fire.

Ryan Patrick Hooper / WDET

Update: May 30, 2020 4:20 p.m.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says 60 people were arrested during Friday night’s melee. Thirty-seven of them were from outside the city of Detroit.

Clinton Snider / clintonsnider.com

This drone video was shot Friday May 22, 2020  at 7 p.m.

It was three days after the Edenville Dam collapsed due to high water.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

This is a developing story. It will be updated with new information as we receive it. Please check back.

Update: Wednesday, May 20, 12:48 a.m.

The city of Midland is bracing for the worst.

A pair of dam failures, fueled by up to eight inches of rain this week, have swelled the Tittabawassee River. The river flows through the city’s center.

Midland City Manager Brad Kaye says the flood could leave part of the city under nine feet of water.

“The 1986 flood that most people remember, that were here at least, or if you weren’t here, you certainly heard about it, was a 100-year flood. What we’re looking at is an event that is the equivalent of a 500-year flood,” says Kaye.

Congressman Justin Amash
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West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash says he is no longer exploring running for president as a third party candidate.

He made the announcement on Twitter.

Amash says the ongoing pandemic and high levels of political polarization favor a two-party system, and doesn't leave a path for a candidate running as a Libertarian.

Michigan House Democrats

State Rep. Isaac Robinson has died. A Democrat, Robinson represented Michigan's 4th district, which included Hamtramck and parts of Detroit. He was elected in 2018, succeeding his mother in office.

Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio

The 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration says it will use the TCF Center as a field hospital for COVID-19 cases for at least six months.

The auto show was scheduled to begin on June 7th.

cynthianeeley.com

Cynthia Neeley will represent most of the city of Flint in the Michigan House.

She is the wife of Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley, who held the seat before he won election as mayor of Flint last November. With more than 70 percent of the votes counted, Neeley led her opponent, republican Adam Ford by a margin of 86 to 8 percent.

U.S. EPA

State environmental officials say Detroit fire inspectors have found a number of liquid filled pits in the basement of a Detroit warehouse owned by Gary Sayers.

Sayers was recently imprisoned for violations of environmental laws at his company, Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights.

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg)
Michigan House of Representatives

The Michigan Supreme Court says a recall campaign against state Representative Larry Inman can continue, despite a typographical error on the circulated petitions.

Michigan State Capitol
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The Republican-led Legislature has passed legislation that would restore more than half of the proposed spending that was vetoed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The votes are a sign that Michigan's budget impasse may soon end.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says there has been "significant progress" in talks, though no deal.

The Senate and House approved bills on Wednesday to reverse 27 of Whitmer's 147 line-item vetoes and some of her fund transfers.

A photo of Paul Mitchell from his campaign website.
http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/meet-paul/

Second-term Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan will not seek re-election to Congress in 2020.

Mitchell announced his retirement in a floor speech. He said he wants to spend more time with his family.

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Republican businessman John James of Michigan says he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump's re-election chances.

two cars in a rear ending accident
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says an agreement has been reached in concept on bipartisan changes to Michigan's auto insurance laws.

John Beilein seated courtside
Flickr user Adam Glanzman / Flickr

University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein reached a deal Sunday to coach the Cleveland Caveliers.

Child with measles
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After declaring one case of measles a false positive last night, the Washtenaw County Health Department says today there is now a separate confirmed case of the measles, related to international travel.

An international visitor to the University of Michigan campus, who has now returned home, was confirmed as having the measles.

This latest case is not part of the current Michigan outbreak, but a new introduction of the virus.

It brings the total number of known measles cases in Southeast Michigan to 40.

Larry Nassar

Mar 8, 2019

Two Michigan State University athletic trainers lied to police about their knowledge of sexual abuse of students by Larry Nassar, according to Michigan's licensing agency.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Attorney General's office served administrative complaints to athletic trainers Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden for giving the false statements.

Both complaints assert that students informed the trainers about the discomfort they felt during Larry Nassar’s treatments.

Even some of Larry Nassar's victims found it hard to believe they themselves were abused. This is the story of a patient who supported him for years, despite the allegations. Hear what it took for her to finally accept the truth.

Many parents were in the room when Larry Nassar abused their daughters. They had no idea it was happening. That's because Larry didn't just manipulate his victims, he manipulated their parents, too.

Larry Nassar's world starts to fall apart in the summer of 2016, thanks to three things: a tough Michigan detective, a team of journalists in Indiana, and a homeschooling mom from Kentucky. In this episode, you'll hear Larry's facade collapse - on tape.

PRNDI: PFAS

Jan 9, 2019

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