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Daniel Howes / Detroit News

One of the biggest things to hit Detroit since the moving assembly line marked its fifth anniversary this week. That’s when the Motor City became the largest municipality in American history to declare bankruptcy.

Just weeks before, a union official said, quote: “It’s war.” But the financial restructuring that helped deliver four balanced budgets, drew three credit upgrades, improved delivery of basic city services, and attracted billions in private-sector investment turned out to be anything but.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A dozen members of Congress received an update Friday on the Flint water crisis.

The group, all Democrats, met with city residents and inspected a pipe replacement project on the city’s north side.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says they remained committed to helping Flint recover.

“It’s not just about Flint and water,” Pelosi told reporters as she stood next to an open pit where crews were replacing a lead service line. “It’s about our responsibilities to each other in our country to make the future better.”

Dana Nessel
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With the August primaries just three weeks away, we continue to make the rounds of candidates running for statewide offices. 

We’ve spoken with Republican Tonya Schuitmaker who is running against Tom Leonard for their party’s nomination for attorney general. 

Now we turn to the Democratic party’s endorsed candidate Dana Nessel. 

Bill Schuette at Trump rally
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As the August 7 primary election approaches, Stateside is checking back in with the state’s gubernatorial candidates. Bill Schuette is Michigan's current attorney general and a Republican candidate for governor, joined Lester Graham to discuss his record on environmental protection, his opposition to an anti-gerrymandering case before the Michigan Supreme Court, and his endorsement from President Trump.  

Allana St. Laurents standing in front of photographs
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is underway, and as usual, it is a huge event. This year's fair features around 1,000 artists, and will draw thousands more visitors to the city's downtown.

Stateside's Lester Graham braved the the crowds and the traffic to talk to some of the artists showcasing their work, and the people who came to see it all. 

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U.S. Army

A Dearborn man has been arrested in Syria on suspicion of fighting for the Islamic State.

American-backed forces captured Ibraheem Musaibli earlier this month.

The New York Times says that authorities are working to prosecute him in the United States. He's currently being held in an undisclosed facility.

Musaibli has been described as a high school dropout who moved to Yemen before traveling to Syria in 2015.

Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, and Shri Thanedar
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Democrats running for Michigan governor held their second and final televised debate Wednesday just weeks before the August 7 primary.

Abdul El-Sayed and Gretchen Whitmer focused on the influence of corporate money in politics and had sharp exchanges.

John Auchter / Michigan Radio

My household received a mailer this week that was jammed with praise for Lt. Governor Brian Calley and his boss, Governor Snyder. It exhorted me to "take the comeback to the next level," which included the specific goal of "making Michigan's pre K–12 system the best in America."

John U. Bacon

“Hot fun in the summertime. That’s when I had most of my fun.”

For me, the summer of ’76 stands out. I was 12.

It was the bicentennial, my family went to the Montreal Olympics, and everyone cheered for Detroit pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, the happiest ballplayer I’ve ever seen.

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

It is the most famous drink to ever come out of Detroit. It is known worldwide as the hummer.

“This was created by a bartender at the Bayview Yacht Club named Jerome Adams in 1968,” explained Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings.

Adams had recently gotten a job as a bartender at the Detroit yacht club. He wanted to come up with a drink that would impress his colleagues and impress his customers, Coxen said.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A report by the EPA’s Inspector General blames “management weakness” for delays in the federal agency’s response to the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

An investigation into the conduct of former Wayne State University journalism instructor Jack Lessenberry finds a pattern of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Lessenberry resigned from the university in June following resignations as a contributor at Michigan Radio and the Detroit Metro Times

Downtown Battle Creek
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The state found two private drinking wells in Battle Creek with high levels of PFAS.

The Department of Environmental Quality tested wells near the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek. The state was already aware that firefighting foam containing PFAS was used on the base for decades.

PFAS have been linked to several health issues, including testicular and kidney cancer.

Scott Dean, communications director with the DEQ, says the department will continue testing.

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan

An independent report released Thursday analyzes the risks of a worst-case-scenario oil spill from Enbridge's Line 5.

Concern about Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac and transports crude oil into Canada, has been growing since an oil spill from another pipeline in 2010. When an anchor dented Line 5 in April, public outcry increased.

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President Trump says he is looking forward to a second summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

That was one of many messages he posted on Twitter today, even as his Homeland Security Secretary declared it would be "foolish" to think that Russia has stopped interfering in U.S. elections.

Mike Bishop is the Republican Representative from Michigan's 8th District. Bishop and other members of the House Ways and Means Committee met with President Trump Tuesday afternoon.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck
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Primary elections are next month, August 7th, and we’re making the rounds with the gubernatorial candidates vying for their party's nomination one more time.

Today, state Senator and Republican candidate Patrick Colbeck sat down with Stateside’s Lester Graham.

Colbeck is in his second term as a state Senator, and has represented the 7th district since 2011.

Running faucet
Melissa Benmark / Michigan Radio

A report released by the Government Accountability Office earlier this week says that only 43% of school districts nationwide tested for lead in their drinking water in 2016 or 2017. Only eight states mandate such testing from schools, and Michigan is not one of them.

Jevon Moore
Sam Corey / Michigan Radio

 


Student-athletes face unique pressures, both on and off the field. 

But research has found athletes are far less likely than other college students to seek help for mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.

Jevon Moore wants to change that. Moore joined Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to discuss his efforts to shift the culture of college athletics and increase awareness of mental health resources.

Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick and Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

In May, a settlement was reached between Michigan State University and 333 women and girls who were abused by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. The settlement included $425 million for survivors who came forward before the settlement was signed, and $75 million for any victims who come forward later on. 

The Dotty Wotty House, The Heidelberg Project.
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The first ever Detroit Art Week is set to run July 20, 21, and 22. Organizers bill it as "a self-guided tour and celebration of contemporary art and culture in Detroit."

Amani Olu, the founder and executive director of Detroit Art Week, joined Stateside to tell us about the event.

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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.

Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick and Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

More than a hundred "sister survivors" took the stage at the ESPY Awards last night to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. They represented just a fraction of the women and girls who survived the sexual abuse of former sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Since Rachael Denhollander came forward with her story in September 2016, more than 300 women and girls have bravely told their stories of abuse. 

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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.

MDEQ map
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

In response to concerns about groundwater contamination, the city of Kalamazoo told Richland Township residents Wednesday night it could extend its water system to the township. 

'Wind farm' takes on a new, and for some uncomfortable' meaning in Huron County
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Wind energy became popular because it can reduce the need for polluting coal and gas generated electricity. But, things are shifting now.

“The primary driver is economics,” said Stanley “Skip” Pruss with Five Lakes Energy, a consulting firm on sustainable energy.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Candidates for Michigan governor in next month’s primary are sharply divided, along party lines, when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana.

In November, Michigan voters will not only decide who will be the state’s next governor, but also whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

If the candidates running to be governor are any indication, marijuana legalization may come down to largely party-line vote.

The four Republican candidates for governor oppose legal pot. While the three Democrats and two Libertarian candidates support it.

VIDEO: Meet the 2018 candidates for governor

Jul 19, 2018
Six of the gubernatorial candidates
Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Six of the seven Democratic and Republican candidates for governor sat for one-hour interviews with reporters from the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a multimedia public service journalism partnership. 

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As the nation's attention has focused on ICE and its role in the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy, another immigration agency has quietly been making drastic changes to its mission and policies. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency traditionally charged with managing benefits and services for immigrants to the U.S. 

In February, USCIS published a new mission statement, considerably shifting the direction of their organization. 

Airbnb
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It will be a little more expensive from now on to rent a room, apartment or house through Airbnb in Kent County.   

The county assesses a 5% hotel tax to pay for its convention center, but Airbnb users didn't have to pay it until now. 

Airbnb allows people to rent a room in their home to travelers, or rent their whole apartment or house. 

County officials say the deal levels the playing field for hotels, and will bring in up to $100,000 more a year in tax revenue. The county uses the hotel tax to pay off a bond that funded the construction of its convention center.

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