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Proposed federal, state cuts would be one-two punch for Michigan environmental programs

Environmental programs all across Michigan are in danger from budget cuts – not just the spending cuts in President Trump’s budget proposal, but state funding cuts as well. It’s a one-two punch that has environmental groups very worried.

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Detroit still has a reputation for being a high-crime city. However, like the rest of the nation, Detroit’s violent crime rate has been steadily declining since the late 1980s. A new crime fighting effort started last year. The Detroit Police Department started promoting its Green Light initiative in January of 2016. It began as a response to late night high profile criminal events at gas stations. Now it’s also being promoted to business owners who don’t think police are patrolling their neighborhood enough.

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FEMA will soon take part in a joint preliminary damage assessment of four Michigan counties hard hit by flooding this month.

Gov. Rick Snyder asked federal disaster officials to assist with a review of damage and response costs to flooding in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties.

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Charities might once again be able to tap on your car window to ask for a donation.

The practice was wiped out last August. That’s because the state attorney general issued an opinion saying it was illegal.  

Wednesday lawmakers in the state Senate passed a bill to legalize charitable solicitations at intersections.

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Former Michigan Supreme Court justice Robert Young Jr. has officially launched his campaign for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

In a video announcement streamed live over Facebook on Wednesday, the 66-year-old Republican said he'll seek the 2018 nomination for the seat held by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat.

"I have the experience and the guts to know how to unseat Debbie Stabenow. I am the disrupter that [Washington] DC needs," Young said.

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Some protestors in Detroit think the Senate Republicans' health care bill is bad for Michigan.

The group of protestors marched outside of Senator Debbie Stabenow's Detroit office despite the fact that like most Democrats, she opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Stories like that of Nicole Beverly, whose abusive husband is set to be released from prison in August despite alleged threats to kill her and her children, are nothing new for Barbara Niess-May, executive director of SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor.

“Her story is common, in that there are many survivors who find themselves needing to relocate because of the assailant,” Niess-May said. “What’s uncommon is the fact that she has gone public with her story.”

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Ten Michigan state Representatives have sent a letter to Detroit Immigration and Customs Enforcement, criticizing the agency for some of its practices. The letter was sent in response to news that ICE has been sending people apprehended in Detroit to be detained in Youngstown, Ohio. That's over 230 miles from Detroit.

These representatives  five Democrats and five Republicans  say the distance from Michigan restricts important access to resources.

Ever think you might want to be lieutenant governor? It’s not all that stressful. Basically, you have only two real duties. You preside over the state senate in case there’s a tie vote, and you serve as standby equipment in case the governor dies or resigns.

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Four "dwarf sirens" hatched at the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center in recent weeks. Dwarf sirens are a species of salamander that rarely reproduce in captivity.

In a statement, Dr. Ruth Marcec said, “These animals are very difficult to breed in captivity – it typically takes changing the ion content of the water to mimic dilution from rainfall." Now that we’ve established that this is possible, we are very excited to increase the dwarf siren population at the Detroit Zoo.”

This is a big step for the dwarf siren salamander (especially considering the amphibians only have two legs so big steps are difficult).

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The state of Michigan is suing Flint, alleging that the city council's failure to approve a recommendation to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering a public already troubled by a lead-tainted water crisis.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court.

(Read more about why the city council is delaying its vote.)

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