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Weekday mornings on Michigan Radio, Doug Tribou hosts NPR's Morning Edition, the most listened-to news radio program in the country. The show brings listeners up-to-the-minute news, analysis, commentary, interviews, and coverage of the arts and sports. Morning Edition on Michigan Radio features work by our team of reporters, Doug's in-depth interviews, and observations from our sports commentator John U. Bacon. You'll also hear special features, including It's Just PoliticsStoryCorps, and Mornings in Michigan

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Courtesy of Danielle Dix

For many people, 2020 is an ongoing collision of difficult, stressful situations. As COVID-19 cases surge in the state, Michigan Radio is talking to Michiganders about how the pandemic is affecting their lives.

Danielle Dix works the third shift at a West Michigan hospital. The Grand Rapids mom has a second job in retail. All the while, she's trying to keep her two children on track in online school.

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West Michigan’s hospitals are once again being forced to postpone surgeries and other inpatient medical procedures as the number of people infected with the coronavirus continues to skyrocket in the region.

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Michigan Supreme Court

Changes are coming to the Michigan Supreme Court. Voters elected West Michigan attorney Elizabeth Welch and reelected Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. Both were Democratic Party nominees, and in the new term, the court will flip to a majority of justices backed by Democrats. The court will also have more women than men.

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A lot of the dust has settled from Election Day in Michigan, but not all of it.

Michigan Radio's resident political expert Zoe Clark joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to look at what we can learn from the results. 

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Michigan voters weighed in on much more than just the presidential election this year. It was a long ballot with statewide proposals, a U.S. Senate race, and many state legislative races. That's all on top of local issues.

Zach Gorchow is the executive editor and publisher at Gongwer News Service. He joined Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou for a look at some of the key races. 

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Katie Raymond

Beyond the races, the candidates, and the rhetoric, Election Day featured logistical challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a surge of interest in the election.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou on Wednesday morning to talk about how things went at the polls and during the count so far.  

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The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans will meet on the football field Saturday afternoon for the 113th time. The teams will kick off at noon at a nearly empty Michigan stadium in Ann Arbor. 

Sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou for a preview.

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Gary Peters for Senate

Michigan voters will choose a U.S. senator on Election Day. Republican John James is challenging Democratic Senator Gary Peters, who is seeking his second term. 

Peters spoke with Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The Big Ten Conference opens its 2020 football season Friday night, but the games people care about in these parts are happening Saturday. Michigan State will host Rutgers in East Lansing in the afternoon. Michigan will visit Minnesota Saturday night.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition to discuss a season altered dramatically by COVID-19 before it even begins.

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In the last presidential election more than 250,000 Michigan voters cast their ballots for third-party or write-in candidates. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes.

Shikha Dalmia is an avowed Libertarian, but sees a bigger concern than supporting her party in the 2020 presidential election.

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The Capitol building in Lansing is like a second office for reporters who cover Michigan’s state government. So as details of an alleged terrorist plot that included plans to kidnap the governor and storm the Capitol came to light last week, Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News Service felt rattled.

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Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Bridget Mary McCormack is one of the seven candidates.

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Vote Nepton

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Katherine Mary Nepton is one of the seven candidates.

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Mary Kelly for Justice

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Mary Kelly is one of the seven candidates. 

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Susan Hubbard for Justice

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Susan Hubbard is one of the seven candidates. 

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Courtesy of Kerry Lee Morgan

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Kerry Lee Morgan is one of the seven candidates.

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Elizabeth Welch is one of the seven candidates.

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Brock Swartzle for Justice

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Brock Swartzle is one of the seven candidates. 

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The Big Ten Conference will play football this fall. After postponing the season – and a lot of behind-the-scenes back and forth since then – the leaders of the member universities voted in favor of a plan to start the season next month.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Doug Tribou on Morning Edition to discuss the decision.

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Libby Johnson

For a lot of Michigan kids, the first day of school this fall means another day at home. And if the spring was any indication, even parents who have kids in a fully online school program will still need some home-schooling skills.

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Pop-up tents, coolers, and cornhole sets will be sitting, unused, in sheds and garages across the state of Michigan Saturday morning.

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Courtesy of the City of Flint

The City of Flint has a new police chief. Terence Green comes to the department after several years as chief in the Flint suburb of Mount Morris Township.

Green is a Flint resident and also worked for the Genessee County Sheriff's Department for more than 20 years.

Green talked to Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about his priorities for city’s police department.

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Katie Raymond / Michigan Radio

In April and May, Michigan prisons saw a wave of COVID-19 infections among inmates. Things simmered down in midsummer, but have spiked again recently with a large outbreak at the Muskegon Correctional Facility.

Throughout the pandemic, prisoners have raised concerns about how the Michigan Department of Corrections is responding to COVID-19 in the state's prisons. 

Joey Horan is a reporter with Outlier Media. In an investigation for Bridge Magazine, he found that once the virus enters a facility, prison officials rely heavily on punitive measures to control its spread.

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One prediction about the Tigers' 2020 season is a sure thing. It will be like no other season baseball fans have ever seen. 

Detroit will play its first game of the shortened campaign Friday night in Cincinnati against the Reds.   

In addition to a schedule cut from 162 games to 60, the Tigers will be playing under a host of new rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. They include limited seating in the dugouts, and a ban on spitting and high-fives.

Michigan radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says MLB is getting it right when it comes to safety.

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A joke about how to use a smartphone. A wink between colleagues about a current pop culture reference. Unneeded help with routine tasks.

Those are some of the ways older people experience ageism. 

The University of Michigan looked at bias against older people and other quality of life issues in its National Poll on Healthy Aging, which has just been released.

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Housing advocates are asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to extend the moratorium on evictions. The moratorium was originally put in place in March, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, it has been extended four times via executive order. It is now set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on July 16

 

A maroon 1955 Lincoln Continental
Ken Fischang / Gilmore Car Museum

Ford Motor Company announced this week that it is ending production of one its most famous cars: the Lincoln Continental. Ford will stop manufacturing the luxury sedan at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant at the end of this year.

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Linda Vail isn’t sure how much longer she and her staff can keep working 18-hour days. 

The Ingham County health officer is squeezing in a quick bowl of cereal for breakfast while she does this intervew over Zoom. It’s been a busy couple of weeks: As of Tuesday, her staff tallied more than 100 COVID-19 cases connected to Harper's Restaurant and Brew Pub, an East Lansing spot popular with college students. 

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Simon Johnson

For a time with very few sporting events, it's been a very busy week for sports news. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon shared his thoughts on bringing back sports during the COVID-19 crisis and the Detroit Lions' ownership change.

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School's out for summer, though that change may seem less significant when your kids have already been home from school for months. With many camps and vacation plans on the scrap heap this year, keeping your kids' mental health – and your own – in check may take some extra work this summer.

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