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Saginaw attorney Philip Ellison has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of nine parents whose infants' blood was taken and tested without their consent.

Newborn screening is a public health program required by state law.   It uses tiny samples of blood to screen for about 50 genetic diseases.

If a condition is detected, the parents are notified.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says each year more than 250 Michigan babies are found to have a disorder detected by newborn bloodspot screening.

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Spring in Michigan doesn’t just mean baseball. It also means soccer – or, for purists – “football.”

This weekend, Detroit City FC kicks off its season with some international friendlies on this year’s schedule.

Also of note: Last week, Major League Soccer (MLS) officials were in town, as Detroit continues pressing its case for an MLS team.

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The SAE World Congress is happening this week at Cobo Center in Detroit. Engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries are all looking ahead to the future of mobility. 

 

The message is that companies that hope to have a future in that world need a steady pipeline of talent. 

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Two state lawmakers are asking Michigan’s attorney general to intervene in the decision to end bottled water distribution in Flint.

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Parents would be free to monitor the communications of their minor children under a bill that overwhelmingly passed in the Michigan House today by a vote of 105-3.

Under current law, a parent could be charged with a felony for snooping on a child's phone. The bill would add a parental exemption to Michigan's prohibition against eavesdropping. 

President Roosevelt delivering Fireside Chat #6. September 30, 1934
FDR Presidential Library & Museum

Seventy-three years ago today, America was plunged into mourning.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the longest-serving president in U.S. history, died this day in 1945.

Plaque on the door of the MSU Board of Trustees
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The Michigan State University Board of Trustees holds its final meeting of this school year on Friday after what was arguably the most damaging year in MSU history in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.  

The group Reclaim MSU was formed in response to the university's poor handling of complaints against Nassar. It's made up of students, faculty, and staff who promise to work for greater transparency and accountability from the board and school officials. 

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Election season in Michigan is heating up, even if the weather isn’t. With four months before the August primaries, and a state Democratic convention this weekend, Stateside decided it was a good time to check in with the 2018 gubernatorial candidates.

This is Apricot. She's a Vizsla/Pit mix up for adoption at Detroit Dog Rescue.
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No bans on pit bulls allowed, says the Michigan Senate.

The chamber voted 22-13 on Thursday to prohibit local governments from dictating breed-specific regulations on dogs. The legislation will benefit canines that are perceived as more aggressive - mostly pit bulls, but also Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Cane Corsos.

About 30 local governments have some form of breed-specific ordinances, which supporters of the bill say encroaches on dog owners' property rights.

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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about two school districts' policies that ban guns from school property.

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The Michigan appeals court has been ordered to take a second look at a lawsuit filed by a woman who said her rights were violated after she encountered a transgender woman in the locker room at a Midland health club.

 The state Supreme Court says the appeals court erred in declining to consider Yvette Cormier's claims under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

Screen showing Line 5 on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.
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I am not exactly a violent person. Nobody has ever confused me with Norman Mailer. But someday, I may be sitting at a press conference after the twin pipelines under the straits of Mackinac rupture, and 700 miles of shoreline are contaminated and ruined.

And if a politician, or some spokesman for a politician, then says they didn’t have sufficient warning, I cannot guarantee I’d be responsible for my actions.

A Kirtland's Warbler
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State and federal wildlife agencies say the Kirtland's Warbler can safely be removed from the endangered species list. 

The yellow breasted songbird breeds only in stands of young jack pines, trees found mainly in northern Michigan, but also in the U.P., Wisconsin, and Ontario.

The bird numbered only about 330 individuals at its lowest point in 1987, but it has since recovered and now numbers about 4,600.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes how the warbler got into trouble:

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A summer jobs program is providing kids in Detroit with more than just a paycheck.

That's according to researchers at the University of Michigan. They found the "Grow Detroit's Young Talent" program also boosts participants' academic performance.

The program gives Detroit youth a variety of summer employment opportunities including child care, counseling younger peers, volunteering with seniors, and clerical work.

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Abdul for Michigan

This week, Stateside is interviewing the Democratic candidates for governor ahead of their party’s 2018 State Endorsement Convention. The gubernatorial candidates will face off in the August primaries.

Abdul El-Sayed is the former director of the Detroit Health Department. His campaign has been a little bumpy - late last month, he asked a court to rule if he's eligible to run after some elections law experts claimed he might not be.

A packed public comments hearing on the recent Nestle permit.
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Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit that allows the Nestle Corporation to pump up to 400 gallons of groundwater per minute to feed its bottled water operations in Osceola County.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is running for governor. But first, he has to get the Republican nomination. His campaign is running a video ad that Bridge Magazine’s Truth Squad finds stretches the truth a bit. 

Let’s go straight to the video. Here’s the main point Brian Calley wants to make to voters.

“I was the driving force behind historic tax cuts and cast the deciding vote to balance Michigan’s budget. What happened? Half a million jobs have been created. We hit the lowest unemployment rate in seventeen years.”

The Truth Squad’s Ted Roelofs says Calley is taking a lot of credit in this ad.

Peeling lead paint.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

A federally funded program to remove lead paint from houses is now free for eligible homeowners in Grand Rapids.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the city a grant of nearly $3 million for the next three years to safely remove lead paint.

One ZIP code in Grand Rapids (49507) has more children with lead poisoning than anywhere else in the state. The Get the Lead Out program hopes to fix that.

Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, says it is important to get lead out of homes before kids are exposed.

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The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court must decide whether schools can ban firearms, or if that’s preempted by state law. The court heard more than an hour of arguments from both sides.

At issue is a state law says cities, townships, villages and counties cannot adopt their own firearms ordinances. But the law is silent on school districts.

School officials say that means they can adopt policies that don’t permit firearms in schools. Gun rights groups say schools are skirting the intent of the law.

Flint residents stand on the Capitol steps protesting the Snyder administration decision to stop free bottled water delivery to the city.
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

People from Flint interrupted a state legislative session Wednesday to demand clean drinking water.

They’re upset with the recent decision by Governor Rick Snyder’s administration to stop distributing free bottled water in the city. During House session, people started to chant, “Do your job, open the PODs” – that’s Point of Delivery for bottled water distribution. The group then walked down the stairs and out of the Capitol while chanting. One person was temporarily detained. He says he isn’t facing any charges.

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The ideal ratio of students to school counselors is 250-to-1.

The ratio in Michigan high schools these days? About 500-to-1. In some schools, it's around 750-to-1.

That shortage is hurting kids as they try to navigate the process of applying for and getting into some kind of post-secondary education.

A photo from 1881 of Moses Fleetwood Walker with the Oberlin team
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The baseball season is once again upon us. The national pastime carries an overwhelming sense of history and tradition that continues to make the game fascinating to watch — even if your favorite team is struggling. 

Bishop Joseph Cistone celebrating Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Saginaw.
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Father Robert DeLand was the priest entrusted with recruiting and guiding young men thinking of becoming Catholic priests. He was also the pastor of a parish in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. Now, he stands accused of sexual assault and gross indecency based on the accusations of a 17-year-old high school student and a 21-year-old man.

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

According the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the state increased from 2016 to 2017.

A statement released Wednesday said there was a 9 percent rise in Chlamydia cases, a 22 percent increase in gonorrhea, and a 28 percent increase in primary and secondary syphilis. MDHHS says these statistics reflect a national trend toward rising reports of STDs.

According to MDHHS, all sexually active individuals should be seek prompt treatment if they test positive for an STD.

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

Three small dents in Enbridge Energy's Line 5 pipeline are likely from the same vessel that caused damage to electrical cables in the Straits of Mackinac.

Enbridge told the state late Tuesday night that the damage poses no threat to the pipeline, although a previous independent analysis listed anchor damage as one of the largest risks to the line.

Apart from school board seats and state Supreme Court judges, there are only four Michigan officeholders elected statewide: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general. We choose major party candidates for governor in the August 7 primary.

That is, if we bother to vote, which most of us don’t. Whoever wins the gubernatorial nomination gets to choose a lieutenant governor, so we have no say there.

That leaves secretary of state and attorney general. When you think of it, for most of us, the secretary of state may be the most important position. 

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State legislators have modified a set of bills on driver's licenses and state IDs after complaints by immigrant rights' groups.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee removed a section of the bills Tuesday that immigrant advocates said would lead to confusion and racial profiling.

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It's been a long, tough, cold winter in Michigan. But it's turned out especially tough for residents of Neebish Island in the U.P.  

The island is entering week two of being cut off from the mainland, after ice pieces from Lake Superior jammed the passage across St. Mary's River. 

Jamie Pringle is captain of the island's ferry. He says he is using an airboat to get mail and supplies to people. And the Coast Guard has a helicopter ready for emergencies.

Pringle says islanders are taking the situation in stride. 

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Michigan schools scored poorly in the latest National Assessment of Educational progress, which tracks math and reading skills in 4th and 8th graders. Detroit schools ranked the worst for student performance.

Michigan Radio's senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry shares the results that stand out to him with Morning Edition host Doug Tribou.

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After several hectic days, the state has permanently closed four water distribution centers in Flint.

Demand for bottled water soared after Gov. Snyder announced last Friday that the state program was ending. The last of case of bottled water was handed out late today.

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