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Emma Winowiecki

Online News Assistant

Emma is currently the online news assistant at Michigan Radio. In addition to covering news, she assists with The Environment Report and other programs. Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Screen Arts & Cultures, and plans to pursue radio and multimedia journalism in the future. When she's not at Michigan Radio, Emma can be found at various coffee shops around Ann Arbor.

The suspect in the Bishop International Airport stabbing, Amor Ftouhi.
FBI

Update Thursday, June 22, 10:45 p.m.:

The head of Detroit’s FBI office says investigators have learned how and when Fthoui entered the U.S., but still can’t say why he ended up stabbing a security officer at Flint’s Bishop International Airport Wednesday.

michigan state capitol
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The Michigan House passed a series of bills that increase the punishment for doctors and parents involved in female genital mutilation.

The bills, which were introduced and passed in the Senate in May, would make it a 15-year felony to remove or reconstruct a female minor’s genitalia for non-medical purposes.

Michigan Supreme Court

Robert Young, the former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, has announced that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2018. He confirmed his future bid at the annual Fourth Congressional Republican District Breakfast on Monday.

Although the announcement was technically unofficial, the 65-year-old conservative says he will run against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, who has held the position since 2001.

The Ford Focus
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company will export vehicles from China to the U.S. for the first time starting in 2019.

The company announced Tuesday the plan to export the next-generation Focus from China rather than Mexico, as previously planned. Production of the Focus will phase out of Wayne, Michigan in mid-2018.

Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford's global operations, says the move will save the auto maker $1 billion, including $500 million from canceling a new plant in Mexico that was intended to build the Focus.

Medical Marijuana
Dank Depot / Creative Commons / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

A pair of identical bills were introduced to the Michigan House and Senate Wednesday that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries and businesses from advertising on billboards.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder
State of Michigan

The latest updates in the Flint water crisis criminal case put Governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette at odds once again. 

The charges announced Wednesday against Nick Lyon, head of the state health department, and Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan's chief medical examiner, only added to the leaders' infamous rivalry.

Legionella pneumophila
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Five local and state officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday morning in the state investigation into the Flint water crisis. They are accused of failing to act during the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County.

police officer holding gun
NPR

A shooting occurred around 7 a.m. in Alexandria, Virginia at a baseball practice for Congressional Republicans. Three members of Michigan's Congressional delegation were at that practice: John Moolenaar, Jack Bergman and Mike Bishop. None of them were injured.

A former Michigan House staffer was among those shot, although the injuries are reportedly not considered life threatening.

PBS live stream

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

For Rent sign
Kurt Bauschardt / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

In order to afford the average monthly rent in Michigan, a household would need to earn $16.24 per hour. That's nearly double the state’s current minimum wage.

Out of Reach, a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, focuses on the state of rental housing in the U.S., a market where prices are skyrocketing while wages remain stagnate.

Hospital examination table
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

A federal prosecutor claimed Wednesday that government officials estimate that as many as 100 girls could possibly be victims of a Detroit-area doctor accused of performing female genital mutilation.

The Michigan Union covered in blooming ivy
Wikimedia Commons

The University of Michigan announced Wednesday that Martin Philbert has been recommended to fill the role of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, pending confirmation by the Board of Regents on June 15.

Philbert started as a research assistant at the university in 1995, and is currently the dean of the School of Public Health at Michigan, a position he has held since 2011. 

MSU football and helmet
Wikimedia Commons

Michigan State University police announced Tuesday morning that three of the school’s football players have been charged with sexual assault.

South Manitou Island Lighthouse
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore / Flickr / http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has experienced a lot of damage the past few years, from battering storms to rising water levels.

MLive reports that engineers have found the shoreline of the South Manitou Island Lighthouse has degraded significantly. The erosion worsened during the 2015-2016 winter. Park staff have outlined a $1 million plan to fix it.

Pin shows location of Emmet Charter Township. About 160 households are affected by the high levels of arsenic. Residents have been advised to avoid drinking or cooking with the water.
Google Maps

High levels of arsenic have been found in the groundwater of an Emmett Charter Township neighborhood, and homeowners may have to pay up to $17,000 to fix it.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck
www.senatorpatrickcolbeck.com/photowire

There are 17 months before Michigan's gubernatorial race, and an already crowded field of candidates has grown by one.

Patrick Colbeck, a conservative state senator who has opposed Gov. Rick Snyder on Medicaid expansion and higher fuel taxes to better fund roads, announced Thursday that he has filed paperwork to seek the governorship.

Snyder, a Republican, cannot run again for the state Senate due to term limits.

Colbeck was first elected to the Senate in the 2010 tea party wave.

Several of the headboards found burned near the village of Lake Ann in Benzie County.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources discovered 20 burned mattresses and bedspring frames on state-managed land in northern Michigan last week. 

MDNR says conservation officers responded to a complaint on May 24 about the burned items in Benzie County's Inland Township. They're seeking information from the public about anyone responsible for dumping and burning them.

The Bruce Nuclear Generating Station right on Lake Huron in Ontario.
user Cszmurlo / Wikimedia Commons

The Canadian energy company Ontario Power Generation is standing by its proposal to store waste from nuclear power plants underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, despite continued opposition by many in the U.S. and Canada.

michigan state capitol
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Lawmakers are ramping up work on the state budget after cutting Gov. Rick Snyder out of talks.

Republican leaders over the weekend set "target" spending levels - a key step needed before the House and Senate this week can start ironing out differences in a $55 billion spending plan. The leaders proceeded despite an impasse with the Republican governor over closing the pension system to newly-hired school employees.

A nurse administers a vaccine.
Rhoda Baer / Flickr - http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

Authorities are taking steps to limit hepatitis A exposure at the Oakland County Jail in suburban Detroit after an inmate was confirmed to be infected.

The Oakland County Health Division and the sheriff's office announced Friday that they're advising those detained at the jail in Pontiac between May 8 and May 23 to contact the Health Division to determine potential exposure. A male inmate was confirmed to have hepatitis A.

Tom Watkins

“Legislators… NOT FOR SALE: My Mental Health Care.”

So says a series of billboards that have popped up along I-75. The billboards, which also feature a couple and their young daughter, are targeted at state legislators who will be driving up north this weekend for the annual Mackinac Policy Conference.

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Rebecca Williams / Michigan Radio

On Tuesday, the White House released the president's full budget proposal, which details proposed cuts to many programs, including drastic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Medicaid, and welfare programs. 

chalkboard
Sharon Drummond / Flickr

After a public meeting and online survey yielded many negative opinions, Saline Area Schools will not move forward with a plan to partner with Planned Parenthood to teach sex education.

The proposed sex education curriculum would have included lessons on contraceptive methods and LGBTQ issues. A major change was including a "peer-to-peer" teaching technique, where lessons and discussions are led by students trained by Planned Parenthood.

Flickr user Frank Juarez / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

The Detroit Public School Community District confirmed Dr. Nikolai Vitti as its new superintendent Monday.

The Financial Review Commission, which oversees the school's finances,  voted yesterday to approve a five-year contract with Vitti, who previously had been superintendent of the Duval County Public Schools in Florida. 

In a statement, president of DPSCD’s Board of Education Dr. Iris Taylor said the board is thrilled to work with Vitti.

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States announced a number of orders Monday, including the rejection of two Michigan appeals cases.

The justices left in place an appeals court ruling that said federal mug shots don't have to be released to the press under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

crow
Grendel Khan / Flickr - http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

The first cases of rabies and West Nile virus were confirmed by state officials this week. Three birds and a bat were discovered to have the diseases, which can be harmful to humans.

On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that an Ingham county big brown bat had tested positive for rabies, the first confirmed case of 2017. 41 cases were confirmed in 2016.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers
Kit Johnson / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

A Wayne County sheriff is urging his staff to deny detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to an April 28 memo obtained by The Detroit News, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon ordered staffers to deny any ICE requests to turn over immigrant inmates without an order signed by a judge or magistrate.

More from the sheriff's memo:

Brett Levin / Creative Commons http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

A set of bills passed in the state Senate Thursday would ban schools from suspending or expelling students solely for poor attendance.

The legislation, which passed on 28-9 and 35-2 margins, requires schools to notify parents to attend a meeting in regard to a child's irregular attendance. The bills would also require school boards to include sufficient data about truancy, chronic absences and disciplinary absences in their annual expulsion reports.

Jessica Cross / Flickr - http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

The state House of Representatives is set to vote today on a bill that would allow people to bet on horse races via smartphones and the internet.

The current horse race gambling law mandates that in order to bet on a race, a person must be physically present. The new bill changes this by allowing third-parties to receive licenses to facilitate wagering on horse races.

Capitol Hill
johrling / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

In case you haven’t heard, it's been a crazy few days in Washington. A number of breaking stories have come out related to President Donald Trump, now ex-FBI director James Comey, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Russia.

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