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Nothing’s stopping Donald Trump from bullying businesses. He bashes Ford Motor and Carrier, the air-conditioning maker, for shipping jobs to Mexico. He accuses Boeing of using contracts for a new Air Force One to rip off American taxpayers. He asks for a list of all U.S. companies planning to move jobs outside the country. All of which shows a president-elect using his new bully pulpit to bend business to his will — and strengthen his populist chops in the industrial Midwest.

Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

Thousands came out to what President-elect Donald Trumped dubbed his victory tour Friday night. He thanked voters for flipping Michigan for a Republican president for the first time in decades. Trump covered a lot of ground, speaking for about an hour to a packed Deltaplex in Grand Rapids. He promised to repeal Obamacare and bring factory jobs back to Michigan. The biggest round of applause came after Trump promised to use “extreme vetting” of refugees and immigrants from certain countries. ...

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers.
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The University of Michigan hasn't had a Heisman Trophy winner since 1997, but that could change this weekend. The trophy will be awarded Saturday night in New York and Michigan's Jabrill Peppers is one of five finalists. If he wins, he'll become the first Wolverine to win college football's top individual honor since Charles Woodson won in 1997. Peppers has become college football's Swiss-Army knife. While he's primarily a linebacker and defensive back for the Wolverines, Peppers is also one...

Device generates energy from movement

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Smart phone
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A new device developed by researchers from Michigan State University may soon be available for development of wearable devices that harvest energy from walking, touching, or other human motions. The film-like device produces an electrical potential when moved. The researchers showed that it can power an LCD screen, a bank of 20 LED lights, and a keyboard. Nelson Sepulvida, an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Michigan State University, says that the...

Grand Valley State University Student Services Building
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A student group at Grand Valley State University is suing the school for restricting free speech on campus. The lawsuit alleges that members of the student group "Turning Point USA at Grand Valley University" were told by university police they would be arrested if they continued talking to students outside a specified area on campus at an October event. "Students don't need permission to speak on college campuses," said Tyson Langhoffer, the attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom...

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Supreme Court has shut down the last legal avenue to re-starting the statewide recount of presidential election ballots. In a three-to-two decision, the court denied the appeal filed by Green Party nominee Jill Stein. She was trying to get an order to resume the recount after it was stopped by a lower court. Republican Justices Robert Young and Joan Larsen removed themselves from the case because both are on President-elect Donald Trump's list of potential US Supreme Court...

Governor Rick Snyder signing the bill that will allow for autonomous vehicles to be driven on public roads.
Ryan Burklow / Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

Self-driving cars are officially hitting roads in the near future. Governor Rick Snyder signed a new law that allows autonomous vehicles to begin testing on public roads. According to state officials, Michigan becomes the first state to make detailed regulations for autonomous car research and development by signing this law. This law defines how self-driving cars can be used on public roads, including testing the vehicles, ride-sharing services and eventually commercial use by the public....

Ken Sikkema: "If you're going to float these big issues [in the lame duck session], you get them done. You've figured out a way ahead of time. You've anticipated the protests ... and you just do it."
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The lame duck session for the Michigan Legislature is a time when politicians in Lansing often push through unpopular or controversial bills. Remember the right-to-work law in 2012 ? This year has been no different as there have been a number of proposals that have been floated through the lame duck session. However, in an expected turn, four big ones have been pulled back, which surprised many observers, including Susan Demas and Ken Sikkema who joined Stateside for their weekly political roundup.

snow covered graveyard
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A recent court case in London has been raising the profile of the cryonics industry in general. But it has brought special attention to the Clinton-township based Cryonics Institute . At dispute in the court case were the rights of a terminally-ill 14-year-old British girl who wanted to have her body frozen upon death.

There are more than 350 prisoners in Michigan who have been sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for crimes they committed as juveniles. A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found that states must retroactively review all these cases, saying that life sentences for juveniles should only be reserved for "the rarest of juvenile offenders.” Prosecutors in Michigan have been slow to comply. All next week, Michigan Radio will air a special series, “Michigan’s Juvenile Lifers: Who gets a second...

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Commercial water customers in Flint who haven’t paid their bills could be shut off next week. On Thursday, the city posted shutoff notices at businesses that are delinquent on the water and sewer bills. Businesses, including two apartment complexes, have been told to pay up by next Thursday or lose water service. Local charities are making arrangements to assist tenants of the apartment complexes find new places to live if their water and sewer service is cutoff. Water service was part of the...

I respect most people who go into politics, and have admired some. But with a very few exceptions, I’ve never been in awe of those I’ve met, including Presidents. They were highly accomplished people, occupying an institution I revered, but people still the same. But that’s not how I felt on a cold March morning almost thirty-four years ago, when I climbed into a small plane in Washington headed for New Hampshire.

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Wolf hunting is back on the agenda for Michigan’s legislature. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would legalize wolf hunting in Michigan, if the animal is taken off the federal endangered species list. Similar legislation was struck down by voters in the past. But Senator Tom Casperson said those statewide votes don’t really reflect the needs of those dealing with wolves in their backyard. “We had the cities go against us, the major cities – Detroit did as an example – they’re not...

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

At one time, Detroit’s black families had one of the highest home ownership rates in the nation. Now that rate is among the lowest. Every year in Detroit, thousands of people lose their homes to tax foreclosures. In many cases, it is unnecessary. The city is accused of illegal taxes and denying tax exemptions homeowners deserved. When I got to Darryl and Alisa Beavers' house, I was greeted by Jackson, their small dog. They’ve been living in a three-bedroom, two bath, 1,600 square foot home on...

Donald Trump doesn't take the oath of office for 49 days but he's already used Twitter to send some crystal clear messages to business and unions.
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It was Theodore Roosevelt who declared the Presidency was a "bully pulpit." Our incoming 45th President clearly agrees. Donald Trump doesn't take the oath of office for 49 days, but he's already used his favorite tool, Twitter, to send some crystal clear messages to businesses and unions.

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On Nov. 30, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested a recount of votes in Michigan. That request was the beginning of a frantic week of legal battles as county clerks rallied staff and resources to undertake the recount. But now the statewide recount appears to be over after the ruling that came from Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith last night. He lifted the restraining order that triggered Monday’s start to the recount. The Board of State Canvassers then canceled its meeting earlier today. Though the recount effort seems to have reached its limit, Stein said not yet.

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In writing these little "support" articles for my cartoons over the years, more than a few readers have made a point of telling me how much they hate having the cartoon "explained" to them. They feel the cartoon should stand on its own, and it definitely should. I get that. My intention is not to explain the cartoon but to add context to the subject, present a counter-view, or provide bonus value. However, if you are one of those readers, you might want to move on, because I'm gonna straight...

Downtown Flint.
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Congress is moving forward with millions of dollars for the Flint water crisis. The House approved $170 million to help Flint replace pipes and deal with health issues tied to the city’s lead-tainted tap water. The money is part of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes funds for many infrastructure projects across the U.S. But it’s Flint’s ongoing drinking water crisis that drew the most attention to the legislation. “Flint needs action,” says Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, ...

I-96 crash leaves traffic backup, 3 dead

Dec 8, 2016

Update, December 9, 2016: Westbound I-96 has reopened following yesterday's fatal crash. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office now says 53 vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident which left three people dead. Two of the victims have been identified as Homer Leon Tew, 69, and Theresa O'Connor Tew, 62, of Ann Arbor. The third victim was a 28-year-old man believed to be from Hollywood, Florida. Authorities are still trying to notify his family and have not yet released his...

Well, the chaotic mess of Michigan’s off-again, on-again recount battle is apparently finally over. The reason I say “apparently” is that absolutely nothing has been certain this year, and it is still possible, though unlikely, that more courts could intervene. Essentially, everyone connected with this looks like the gang who couldn’t shoot straight, right down to Mark Goldsmith, who appeared to be a flip-flopping federal judge. The Republicans look worst of all, however. Based on what I know...

Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

Michigan's Palisades nuclear power plant is shutting down. Entergy Corporation, the owner, made the decision after Consumers Energy, which had been purchasing the electricity from Palisades, ended its contract with Entergy early. "The contract....is higher than market," says Consumers' Dan Bishop. "It's more expensive than other sources in the market, so agreeing to end that contract early could save Consumers Energy electric customers as much as $172 million." Consumers will also pay Entergy...

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A bill on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would compensate people who were wrongly convicted of a crime and imprisoned. The legislation would allow former felons to collect $50,000 for every year spent in prison. They would also have to agree not to sue the state. State Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, says it’s only fair that the state compensate people who did not belong in prison. “We can’t bring them their time back. We can’t bring back the time they’ve lost with their families, the ability to...

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announcing the benefits of applying for a municipal ID card.
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Detroit residents can now apply for a municipal ID card that will be recognized throughout the city. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the ID program will allow residents, regardless of citizenship status or criminal background, to access businesses and services that require a valid photo ID. “For most of us who have driver's licenses, we don't know what this experience is not to have ID and how hard everyday life can be,” Duggan said. Homeless people living in the city can even list the shelter...

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The legal battles over the statewide recount of Michigan's presidential election results have been raging. At the same time, another story is clearly emerging: Precincts that cannot be recounted because of Michigan's recount law, which dates back to 1954.

Kym Worthy (file photo).
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Prosecutors in Detroit say they had the wrong man in jail for the murder of Wayne State University Police Sgt. Collin Rose on November 22. They are dropping all charges against DeAngelo Davis, 31, who was arraigned in connection with the fatal shooting and pled not guilty to killing Officer Rose on Nov. 25.

Ottawa County is a pretty lovely place on the western shore of Lake Michigan, a little south of Grand Rapids. I know it primarily for two things: the tulip festival in Holland, and for being the most Republican county in Michigan. Ottawa last voted Democratic for president in 1864, when the local farmers decided they’d had enough of the Civil War and wanted their boys home. Since then, it has been as Republican as they come. Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t carry it, nor could Lyndon Johnson.

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A mom whose son died at a Grand Rapids daycare last year has been visiting Lansing, pushing state lawmakers to create criminal penalties in similar cases. Investigators found the daycare where Mary Fales’ 3-month-old Cooper died had violated several rules, particularly around safe infant sleep.

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More courtroom drama tomorrow is expected as Michigan Republicans and the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump continue try to shut down the statewide ballot recount. The recount was requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. But Republicans say, with one percent of the vote, Stein has no chance of winning in the end, and so has no right to demand a recount. The Michigan Court of Appeals agreed. But state Elections Director Chris Thomas says he won’t stop the recount...

bottle of pills
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Bills making their way through the Michigan Legislature would allow school staff to more quickly treat students who overdose on heroin or prescription opioid pills. If they pass, teachers wouldn’t have to wait for an ambulance before getting them naloxone, aka Narcan, the anti-opioid drug that police and EMS workers carry.

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission says the state is wrong to eliminate minimum wage protection for workers on some small farms. According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Wage and Hour Division, small farms with fewer than 500 man-days in any quarter of the previous year are exempt from paying the minimum wage. A "man-day" means any day during which an employee works at least one hour. "We received an informal attorney general opinion, and we determined that we had...

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