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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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In the presidential campaign, Democrat Joe Biden’s past positions on school busing have become an issue. Growing up in Alabama, Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer was bused as a result of a desegregation lawsuit. That experience has left her with questions about the legacy of those busing policies today.

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The University of Michigan baseball team finished its season just short of a national championship. In the deciding game of the College World Series final on Wednesday, Vanderbilt beat the Wolverines 8-2. U of M won Game 1, but lost two straight to the Commodores in Omaha, Nebraska.

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You may soon be asked to sign a petition to restrict abortion in Michigan.

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As President Trump ramps up his campaign, his deportation policy drew protests in Detroit this week. And a West Michigan congressman who called for impeachment proceedings against the president has faced a protest of his own.

Libertarian columnist Shikha Dalmia joined Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about those stories, and about Attorney General Dana Nessel's decision to dismiss all criminal charges from the Flint water crisis. 

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Today is the deadline Gov. Gretchen Whitmer set for a deal to be reached between her administration and the Benton Harbor Area Schools board over the district’s future.

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Marygrove College

Marygrove College in Detroit will close for good this December. The school announced Wednesday it had informed its staff and 305 students of the decision. It's citing financial reasons. 

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer has been covering the story. She spoke to Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about her article, “Detroit's 92-year-old Marygrove College to close in December.

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A state elections board is going to work on new rules to govern petition drives that want to get issues before the Legislature or on a ballot.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers faces a complicated situation. Last year, Republicans in the Legislature adopted a law to make it harder for petition drives to succeed. Earlier this year, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a formal opinion. It strikes down much of what Republicans enacted. Republicans are now challenging that opinion in court.

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Detroit offers people living in poverty a 100% exemption on their property taxes. It’s Detroit’s local adaption of a state law. But many Detroiters living below the poverty line don’t know about it. 

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says leaders at Benton Harbor Area Schools will get an extra week to come up with a plan to keep the district’s high school open. Whitmer took two hours of comments and questions during a town hall with residents in Benton Harbor on Wednesday.

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You have to spend money to make money ... or so the old saying goes. Most members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation are spending tens, and sometimes, hundreds of thousands of dollars through their political action committees on things like five-star hotels and baseball tickets. The politicians say it’s to help with fundraising. 

Melissa Nann Burke is the Washington Bureau reporter for the Detroit News. She spoke to Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about her story, "Baseball tickets, ski trips: How Michigan lawmakers use little-known PACs."

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At the Mackinac Policy Conference, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that changes Michigan’s auto insurance law. And state Attorney General Dana Nessel set a deadline for Gov. Whitmer and Enbridge Energy to take action on the Line 5 oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. 

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U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Justin Amash raised questions this week in a hearing about the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies, including Detroit Police Department.

The hearing was held Wednesday by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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Bullying is serious issue in schools across the country. Severe bullying can have long-term effects on the victims.  Michigan law requires school districts to have anti-bullying policies and to investigate and report cases.

But when Lansing State Journal reporter Rachel Greco looked into whether districts in the Lansing area are obeying that law, she found that many are not. 

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The popularity of vaping among teenagers is going up. A University of Michigan study found there were 1.3 million more high school users in the U.S. in 2018 than in 2017.

Here in Michigan, two bills that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and other vaping products to minors have been sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's desk. One of groups opposing the legislation might come as a surprise. It’s the American Cancer Society. 

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The city of Flint has won a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former city administrator.

Natasha Henderson filed the lawsuit after she was fired in 2016. She claims she was fired for asking questions about Mayor Karen Weaver’s 527 political fund.

After deliberating for a few hours Tuesday afternoon, the jury disagreed.

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Fiat Chrysler

The city of Detroit and Fiat Chrysler are working on a deal to assemble land for the company. If it’s finalized, Fiat-Chrysler would begin a massive factory expansion and renovation project that the company says would create nearly 5,000 jobs.

First, Detroit needs more than 200 acres of land. The Moroun Family owns the biggest chunk, and the Morouns want a deal of their own in exchange.

Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek spoke to Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about the deal.


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Public Lighting Authority of Detroit

When the city of Detroit finished installing 65,000 new LED street lights in 2016, it was big news. Just a couple of years earlier, about 40 percent of the city’s lights were out. But now, about 20,000 of those new lights are burning out well ahead of their life expectancy.

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Little Caesar’s Arena in downtown Detroit gets high marks as a venue for watching both NHL hockey and NBA basketball and has attracted a string of high profile concerts since it opened in 2017. A new report by HBO’s Real Sports looks at what’s happened to the plans for the areas around the arena, which isn’t much. 

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer spoke to Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about the project. 

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On April 25, 2014, the city of Flint switched its water source to the Flint River without properly treating it. That damaged thousands of lead and galvanized water pipes which the city is replacing. 

In 2016, University of Michigan researchers developed an algorithm to determine the neighborhoods most likely to have lead pipes. The on-again, off-again use of the model has raised concerns about the efficiency of the city's pipe replacement program.

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State Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to talk with former Michigan State University interim president John Engler. The interview would be part of Nessel’s investigation into MSU’s handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. But Nessel and Engler seem to be having trouble getting together.

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer wrote about the situation this week. She spoke with Morning Edition host Doug Tribou. 

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Qualifying for March Madness is a milestone for many college basketball programs, but if your team is still playing in April that’s really something. Michigan State is one of the four teams still alive in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. The Spartans will take on Texas Tech Saturday night in Minneapolis.

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If you think about public schools in Michigan with declining student populations and funding, chances are you think of Detroit. Those issues have been affecting Detroit schools for decades. But more affluent communities aren’t immune to them.

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to discuss a similar problem in the public schools in Grosse Pointe.

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The preliminary hearing for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin begins today in district court in Livingston County. The two men are accused of second-degree murder for their roles in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted medications that killed dozens of people across the country, including 23 in Michigan. 

Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree
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Family members of Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree bought tax-foreclosed properties at auction in the county then ran up delinquent tax bills. Those purchases violated the rules of the treasurer’s office, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first state of the state address at the State Capitol in Lansing Tuesday. She focused on LGBT rights, infrastructure, and education. Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio’s program director and our resident political junkie. She joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about the speech. 

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Consumers Energy says it expects to have power returned to all customers by midday Monday. The utility company says it’s already restored power to more than 200,000 customers since last week’s ice storms.

But the recovery isn’t over in the hardest hit parts of West Michigan.

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Violent crime in Detroit was down last year. Homicides and aggravated assaults fell by 2 percent from 2017. Robberies were down by 13 percent.

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Michigan State University "screwed up" its investigation into Larry Nassar in 2014 - perhaps even intentionally - and former president Lou Anna Simon lied to police to cover it up, state attorneys argued Tuesday.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
Michigan State University

One year after resigning because of the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan State University’s former president, Lou Anna Simon, is heading back to court Tuesday. She’s facing four charges of lying to the police about her knowledge of the Nassar case.

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For some families a snow day is a treat … a little shoveling, some sledding, or maybe building a snowman out in the yard. But string together a bunch of days without school and the problems can go beyond stir-crazy kids roaming around yelling, “I’m bored!”

A major snowstorm followed by a polar vortex has put Michigan in one of those stretches right now and among the legions of frustrated working parents is Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer

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