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Newspapers struggling with a Trump tariff on newsprint

New tariffs are putting some Michigan newspapers and printers at risk of going out of business. There’s more than a little irony in the fact that a state which built paper mills all over, no longer makes the kind of paper that newspapers use.

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Business-backed organizations say two initiatives waiting for approval from the Board of State Canvassers should not be on the November ballot. One would raise the state’s minimum wage. The other would require earned sick time for employees.

The challenges, in part, involve whether the petitions have enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot.

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Lake Superior State University breaks ground this week on a new facility to study Great Lakes ecosystems.

Ashley Moerke is a professor at LSSU and the director of the Center for Freshwater Research and Education. She says the university has been planning this research center since about 2005, but recent funding from the state has been the key to making their vision a reality.

She says the 18,000 square foot building will be located on the banks of the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie.

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The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan is expected to make a final decision Thursday on whether it will let residents vote on the latest proposal to expand public transit in Southeast Michigan.

Barring a last minute change of heart from Oakland County leader L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County's Mark Hackel, voters will likely not get the opportunity to weigh in.  

Meanwhile, Southeast Michigan continues to rank as one of the worst metro areas for public transit in the nation, which would come as no surprise for anyone who's had to use buses to get to Novi.

Boots Riley on the set of Sorry to Bother You
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Sorry to Bother You is billed as a sci-fi comedy, and is playing in theaters nationwide after debuting at Sundance Film Festival.

It's about the story of a young black telemarketer from Oakland, California named Cassius Green, played by Lakeith Stanfield. An older co-worker, played by Danny Glover, offers advice that helps Cassius climb the ladder to telemarketing success by using his "white voice."

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One of the very best ways to enjoy summer in Michigan is to park yourself under a tree or on a beach and get lost in a good book.

Poet Keith Taylor joined Stateside to talk about some of his suggestions for your summer reading list.

Recently retired as a creative writing teacher at the University of Michigan, Taylor just published another book called Ecstatic Destinations about his Ann Arbor neighborhood.

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If you’re out in wooded or brushy areas this summer and want to avoid Lyme disease, here’s the advice of the day: Wear long sleeves and pants, and check yourself frequently for ticks, which spread the disease.

But for a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s, people had the option to take an even more preventative measure: They could get a Lyme disease vaccine.

Bill Beekman has been serving as the interim athletic director since February. Pending the Board of Trustee's approval, he will continue in a permanent capacity.
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Michigan State University’s Interim President John Engler announced his appointment of Bill Beekman as the university’s permanent athletic director on Monday morning. Beekman has already been serving in an interim capacity since February.

Engler said he had planned on conducting a national search and hiring from outside the athletic department, but after speaking with coaches and other staff members, decided to keep Beekman on.

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Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of “playing games” with the United States.

Peters says he wanted President Trump to “call out” Putin for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election during their summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland today.

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Officials say court documents were damaged during last month's severe flooding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Daily Mining Gazette reports a vault flooded containing circuit, family, and probate court records on the Houghton County Courthouse's basement level. The county is insured for the loss and the records are being dealt with by a document restoration company.

The newspaper says an estimate listed more than 3.6 million documents.

Downtown Detroit Partnership

A popular sand beach in the heart of downtown Detroit is getting a little sprucing up.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership says a $125,000 grant from the Southwest Airlines Foundation will be used to improve the beach at Campus Martius Park.

Beach furniture, toys and games, lighting and landscaping will be enhanced. Beer and wine tastings will be among new events at the beach, which opened in 2014.

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