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Stateside: Benton Harbor’s lead problem; one physician’s exhausted pleas; U.P. hospital staffing shortage; a cocktail to kick off your weekend

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The City of Benton harbor has a big problem with lead in drinking water. Now, there’s a new petition from advocates to the EPA to get involved.

Today on Stateside, nurses and doctors are working marathon shifts to care for COVID patients. Sometimes the hours aren’t the hardest part of the job. Also, what conditions are like at one U.P. hospital experiencing an acute staff shortage. Plus, the city of Benton Harbor reckons with high lead levels in residents’ water. And, our Cheers! team has a cocktail to kick off your weekend.

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Exasperated by obstinate and dying COVID-19 patients, Michigan doctor takes to Facebook 

  • Dr. Matthew Trunsky is a pulmonologist at Beaumont.

Advocates petition the EPA, saying Benton Harbor could be next Flint Water crisis

  • Rev. Edward Pinkney is president of the grassroots Benton Harbor Community Water Council.
  • Cyndi Roper is Michigan senior policy advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Safe Water Initiative.

What conditions are like at one U.P. hospital experiencing an acute staff shortage

  • Katlyn Lafrinere is senior cardiovascular radiologic technologist at UP Health System in Marquette.

Cheers! An Up North mystery cocktail 

  • Lester Graham is a Michigan Radio reporter.
  • Tammy Coxen is a mixologist.
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