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Every morning 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, background analysis, commentary, interviews and coverage of arts and sports. Heard regularly on Morning Edition are many familiar voices in public radio, including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sports commentator John U. Bacon, as well as special features like It's Just PoliticsStoryCorps, and Mornings in Michigan

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A new bill in the state Senate would set a limit of 5 parts per trillion for two common PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

PFOA and PFOS are part of a family of chemicals linked to serious health issues – including cancer.

Senator Winnie Brinks introduced the bill. She says research shows the current Environmental Protection Agency advisory level of 70 parts per trillion is too high.

Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer for Governor

Since taking office on New Year’s Day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a series of executive directives including an order designed to help women get equal pay as state employees, and one to increase transparency in state government.

Nancy Kaffer is a columnist with the Detroit Free Press. She spoke to Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about Whitmer’s first days in office. They also talked about the impact of dozens of communities that want to prohibit pot shops in their cities and townships now that recreational marijuana is legal.

Governor Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder for Michigan

After eight years on the job, Rick Snyder will soon end his time as Michigan’s governor. On New Year’s Day, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be sworn in to take over from the Republican who billed himself as One Tough Nerd.

An aerial view of Downtown Detroit with other part of the city in the distance.
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Seven companies have pledged a total of $35 million to Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund. Making the announcement this week, Detroit officials called it the largest-ever corporate investment in the city’s neighborhoods. The money will help fund improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other features in areas beyond Downtown and Midtown.

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The city of Detroit runs an annual property tax-exemption program for its lowest-income homeowners. The deadline is Monday, but many qualified residents don't know about it or struggle with their applications.

They risk heading into foreclosure and eventually seeing their homes sold in the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana law, officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, goes into effect today. Well, part of it, at least.

Voters passed Proposal 1 last month, making Michigan the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana.

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A lot of people have tried – and failed – to make significant changes to Michigan’s auto insurance system. Michigan drivers pay some of the highest premiums in country. Enter Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert. The billionaire chairman of Quicken Loans says he’s ready to take the issue to the voters in the form of a ballot proposal, if the state Legislature doesn’t take action soon.

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer talks to Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about Gilbert’s plans.

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The midterm election is over. In Michigan, it was a big night for Democrats in two of the top races in the state.

Zach Gorchow is the editor of Gongwer News Service. He spoke with Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about those races and three statewide ballot proposals.

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Committee to Retain Justice Kurtis T. Wilder

On Election Day, Michigan voters will select two state Supreme Court justices. Their choices could shift the political balance on the court, which is currently five to two in favor of Republican-backed justices. This week, Morning Edition is featuring interviews with candidates for the court.

We conclude our four-part series with Justice Kurtis Wilder, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill a vacancy in 2017. 

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John Schultz

The political makeup of the Michigan Supreme Court could change significantly on Election Day. Two seats are open and two current justices, both nomiated by the Republican Party, are running. Republican-backed justices currently hold a 5 to 2 majority over Democratic nominees.

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Matt Mitchell

Voters could shift the balance on the Michigan Supreme Court on Election Day. There are currently five Republican-backed justices and two supported by the Democratic Party. Two seats currently held by Republican nominees are on this year's statewide ballot.

As part of Michigan Radio’s election coverage, Morning Edition is featuring interviews with candidates for the Supreme Court, including Justice Elizabeth Clement.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

On Election Day, Michigan voters will choose state Supreme Court justices. Two of the court's seven seats are open in this election. 

As part of Michigan Radio’s election coverage, Morning Edition is featuring interviews with candidates for the court from October 30 to November 2 beginning with Sam Bagenstos.

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Tom Leonard for Michigan

As part of Michigan Radio’s ongoing election coverage, Morning Edition and Stateside are featuring interviews with candidates hoping to be the next attorney general.

Republican candidate Tom Leonard is currently the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. He has also served in the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office and as the state’s assistant attorney general.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

As part of Michigan Radio’s ongoing election coverage, on Thursday and Friday, Morning Edition and Stateside are featuring interviews with candidates running for state attorney general. 

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Doug Tribou / Michigan Radio

Sometimes Michigan’s state government relies on experts from the private sector to help guide public policy.

But what if the experts stand to profit from the advice they’re giving? 

Take for example the panel that recommends which medical conditions allow people to qualify for medical marijuana cards.

Mornings in Michigan: An early start at Eastern Market

Sep 28, 2018
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Lauren Talley / Michigan Radio

This story is part of "Mornings in Michigan," our series about morning rituals from across our state.

Eastern Market is a Detroit institution. It’s the largest farmers market in Michigan, and one of the oldest in the country – it opened in 1891. On Saturday mornings, the market officially opens at 6 a.m., but as Michigan Radio's Tony Brown discovered, some people arrive much earlier. 

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If your dog is sick, keep it at home. Michigan officials have issued that warning to try to prevent the spread of canine influenza.

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development said Thursday that 49 cases of dog flu have been confirmed in six counties across the Lower Peninsula in the past few weeks.

That's compared with just nine cases in all of 2017.

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or eye discharge.

Most cases of canine influenza are mild and last a few weeks, but some are more severe.

Tech. Sgt. David Speicher / U.S. Air Force

U.S. military officials say they're willing to pay for clean drinking water for people near Battle Creek, if tests show groundwater contamination comes from its base there.

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A lawsuit over a transgender person using the women's locker room at a gym can continue.

The Michigan Appeals Court says Yvette Cormier can argue that her rights were violated under the state's consumer-protection law.

Cormier says a Planet Fitness in Midland terminated her membership after she told other women about a transgender gym member who was using the women's locker room.

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Vicky Ingram

Flooding in the Upper Peninsula earlier this month prompted Governor Rick Snyder to declare a second state of disaster for Houghton County.

The declaration will open up additional resources and money for areas that were still recovering from severe flooding in June.

That flooding washed away large chunks of concrete and asphalt, damaged homes, and killed a 12-year-old boy.

Several roads that had already been repaired were damaged again this month.

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Michigan officials want Congress to approve legislation that would boost funding for fish and wildlife conservation.

Pending bills would allocate $1.3 billion a year to a federal program similar to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The trust fund uses royalties from mineral development on state land to improve outdoor recreation.

More than 300 wildlife species in Michigan need protection to prevent them from becoming endangered.

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State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions.

The search was conducted Tuesday at the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle's luxury home in Williamston.

Police say money was in $2,000 bundles secured with cash bands that said, "For Deposit Only-St. Martha Parish."

Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos.

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The Macomb County sheriff's office has launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle unit with four drones.

Officials say the drones are able to search for missing persons and be used in rescues, hostage situations, traffic crashes and crime scene investigations.

They are equipped with high-resolution cameras that can capture both aerial photos and video.

One unit has a thermal imaging camera, which can be used to search for someone in a wooded area or water.

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Danny Ducat

Look around you. Chances are – wherever you are – you can see something that’s plastic.

A man sits in front of an old tractor. Signs read "This tractor is the same age as the Line 5 pipeline. Both are as good as new. Not"
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on Wednesday evening in Mackinaw City, taking comments on proposed new anchor supports for the Line 5 oil pipelines.

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Several mid-Michigan communities have issued burn bans because of the recent hot, dry weather.

In Genesee County, the latest additions to the list include Mount Morris Township, Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township.

Some communities in Saginaw County also already have burn bans in place and there are county-wide bans in Bay and Midland counties.

The restrictions will continue until further notice.

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The future of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle in the Detroit River is uncertain after its contract expired this year.

Belle Isle has hosted the Grand Prix periodically since 1992 and annually since 2012.

This week, race officials will make their pitch to the Belle Isle Advisory Committee to continue the race.

The Grand Prix pays $200,000 each year and race officials say they've improved the island by building two bridges and fixing the roads.

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The state says warm weather is partly to blame for an increase in the number of legionella-related illnesses – including Legionnaires’ disease – across Michigan.

From January 1 through July 6, the state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed 135 cases.

That compares with 107 cases during the same period last year.

MDHHS is investigating the cases with local health departments.

The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' grows faster in warming, stagnant waters, so it's most common in the summer and early fall.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder
State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder is calling a request for the FBI to investigate Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette "a serious matter."

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Wayne State University / Flickr

Wayne State University has confirmed two contract workers on a construction project have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

That’s a total of three diagnosed cases in two months.

In May, a university employee was diagnosed with the pneumonia-like illness.

Wayne State began testing its water systems soon after that.

Legionnaires' is not contagious, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It's contracted by breathing in mist containing legionella bacteria.

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