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Tyler Scott

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Tyler reports stories and occasionally hosts overnights for Michigan Radio. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 2016. 

Prior to Michigan Radio, Tyler was a sports reporter for The Michigan Daily, morning host at WMLM 1520am in Alma, Michigan, and news intern at WDET in Detroit.

Tyler was born-and-raised in Michigan and still enjoys spending time in Michigan's state parks and nature areas. He also enjoys watching Michigan sports, reading, and binge-listening to music and podcasts. 

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A group of parents and people supporting students at Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lansing are continuing to protest a school rule that students must stand for the national anthem. They’re encouraging people to “divest” by ceasing to volunteer, donate or raise money for the diocese. Four Lansing Catholic High School football players sparked the controversy in the fall of 2016 when they began kneeling during the national anthem at football games.

The four Democrats hoping to be next elected Governor of Michigan. (Left to right) businessman Shri Thanedar, Former Detroit Health Department Director Abdul El-Sayed, former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer (standing) and former Xerox executive and Detroi
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The four Democrats vying to be Michigan’s next governor each in some way supported increasing state investment in infrastructure and job training programs, and generally embraced policy positions friendly to the crowd of labor union officials and rank-and-file members at a town hall Wednesday afternoon in Warren.

Former state lawmaker and Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer said in order to convince people who voted for Donald Trump to elect a Democrat governor in November, she’ll support programs to address the issues Michiganders deal with everyday.  

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Updated 11:02am 1/24:

Michigan State University Trustee Joel Ferguson is apologizing for comments he made about the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case on a radio show earlier in the week. Ferguson's spokeswoman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, released a statement late Tuesday evening that was obtained by Michigan Radio Wednesday. 

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti
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Principals and assistant principals in Detroit Public Schools Community District could soon get their first raises in nearly a decade. Monday the district’s school board’s finance committee approved the proposed increase – a priority for Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

“One of our many strategies in rebuilding the district is to recruit and retain the best talent, and salary pays a role in that,” Vitti said.

CMU outgoing president George E. Ross
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The president of Central Michigan University today announced he will resign at the end of July. George E. Ross says his contract doesn’t expire until 2019, but he and his wife had discussed stepping down sometime sooner. He made up his mind, he says, after the birth of his grandson in December.

“[In the hospital] he squeezed his little ... fingers around mine, and I’m going, ‘This is pretty special.’ I kind of liked it,” Ross said.

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Several medical marijuana businesses in Detroit are suing the city for failing to process permit applications. Attorney Michael Stein says he represents around 20 local medical marijuana businesses. He says he filed complaints on behalf of several clients Tuesday, asking the courts to force the city to issue decisions on the permit applications.

Stein says Detroit’s new medical marijuana ordinances are designed for businesses to get approval as long as they meet necessary requirements. He says several clients have submitted applications, only to have them ignored by city officials.

The state began accepting permit applications for medical marijuana facilities on December 15. Medical marijuana businesses that have already been operating can stay open while their state application is pending – as long as they receive local government approval and apply to the state by February 15.

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Early in the morning on a snowy Wednesday, eighth grade student Xzavionna Reed is eating breakfast at a table across from her teacher. She’s the only student in the room. It’s a new type of classroom at Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS); an initiative focused on giving more emotional and social support to students who have struggled with regulating their own behavior, and been in trouble because of it.

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A former Detroit Police Department Deputy Chief and legal advisor today pleaded guilty to accepting bribe money from the owner of a towing company.

Celia Washington’s attorney says Washington accepted $3,000 from Gasper Fiore more than two years ago, initially believing she was taking a loan from a friend.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light Monday announced plans for a new natural gas power plant. The $500 million project will break ground a year from now and come online in the first quarter of 2021.

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley says an older, dirtier, less efficient coal-powered plant is scheduled to be retired in 2020. Retiring the coal plant and building a cleaner, new natural gas plant is part of the utility’s plan to generate 30 percent of its electricity from cleaner energy sources by 2020. Peffley says they’re on schedule to hit that mark.

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An Arab-American Muslim lawyer from Dearborn says police should do more to investigate a threat against him.

Earlier this year, Majed Moughni sued Little Caesar's Pizza. He says they falsely advertised Halal pizza. Moughni says they’ve since stopped advertising it. Halal describes food prepared in accordance with Muslim tradition.

After filing a total of three lawsuits against the pizza chain, Moughni says he received a threat laced with racial slurs on Facebook.

With more than 6,200 lead and galvanized service lines replaced since its water crisis was exposed, Flint officials say they are on track to meet their overall goal by 2020.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said contractors have also made good progress inspecting homes where the type of service line was unknown.

“This is a significant accomplishment and it actually puts us ahead of schedule,” Weaver said.

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Michigan saw a 29% increase in reported hate crimes in 2016, according to data from the FBI. As reported from Michigan law enforcement agencies to the FBI, hate crime victims were most commonly targeted because of their race or ethnicity.

399 hate crimes were reported in Michigan last year. That’s up from 309 in 2015.

Former U.S. Rep. Conyers resigned this week, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations which he denies.
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Since former U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. resigned this week, people living in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District don’t have a congressman.  

It will be almost a full year before they get one.

Governor Rick Snyder on Friday announced the timetable for a special election to name someone to serve the remainder of Conyers’ term – which ends Dec. 31, 2018.

The special general election will happen next November, the same day as the already-scheduled regular election.

A teenager who attended Brighton Area Schools and admitted to raping a younger middle school student will not be allowed to return to that district once he’s released from a juvenile detention facility in Monroe County.

The teen originally faced dozens of charges related to accusations that he raped three middle school students whom he started a relationship with via social media. As part of a plea deal, he admitted to raping a 13 year-old middle school student and other lesser charges related to the assault of two 12 year-old girls. He was convicted as a juvenile.

Whether teachers get their $550 million back from the state depends on the Supreme Court's decision.
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A newly appointed state Supreme Court justice is being formally asked to disqualify herself from a case about the state taking money from teachers’ paychecks to pay for retirees' healthcare.

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Some hospitals in Michigan have had to change how they do things because of a nationwide shortage of bags of saline.

Bronson healthcare system includes four hospitals in southwest Michigan. Bronson spokesperson Carolyn Wyllie says they've adjusted how they prepare IV products -- but didn't have any further details.

Nassar alongside his attorneys at the plea hearing in Eaton County Court Wednesday
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Larry Nassar pleaded guilty in a second state criminal case in Eaton County court Wednesday morning. The former sports doctor for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics admitted to molesting three girls, one of whom was under the age of 13 at the time of the abuse. Nassar also pleaded guilty in a separate case in Ingham County earlier this month.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear the appeal of Timothy Carpenter, a man convicted of several armed robberies in Detroit and Northwest Ohio. The case started with the 2010 armed robbery of a RadioShack on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, and a string of subsequent armed robberies. Because of how police used cell phone data to track suspects, Carpenter's appeal could have major implications for how courts interpret privacy rights in the online era.

The unfinished Wayne County jail near Gratiot Ave. in Detroit.
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A three-party land swap that would be the beginning of a project to get a new Wayne County Jail built near downtown Detroit cleared a hurdle Tuesday. Detroit city council approved a resolution to trade a piece of city-owned property for a parcel currently owned by the county.

The county wants that land to be the site of a new jail. But the deal still needs to be negotiated, and approved by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the Wayne County Land Bank. Detroit city council passed the resolution after tabling the measure last week.

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Today was the deadline for Michigan counties to submit plans for indigent defense reform to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC). Those plans must include the adoption of four new standards established by the MIDC last May.

Counties were submitting compliance plans throughout the day Monday.

Thomas Boyd is a judge in Michigan’s 55th district court, and a member of the MIDC. Created in 2013, the commission establishes new standards for public defenders  to protect the rights of poor people accused of a crime.

The University of Michigan Central Student Government (CSG) is asking the school’s Board of Regents to review the university’s investments with companies that do business with the Israeli government, and to potentially divest from those companies. The Central Student Government has failed to pass similar proposals at least 10 times since 2002.

University of Michigan campus
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Fraternities at the University of Michigan are suspended from hosting social events after a vote by the U-M Interfraternity Council Thursday.

The student-led governing body of most fraternities on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus made the decision in the wake of claims of sexual misconduct and hazing at Greek events this semester.

Bannon says Macomb County Republicans represent the "decency, grit (and) determination that's made America great.
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Steve Bannon says Michigan Republicans need to support President Trump’s agenda up through the 2018 elections and beyond.

Bannon, a former Trump Campaign CEO and Presidential Advisor, celebrated the anniversary of President Trump’s election by delivering the keynote speech at a Macomb County Republican party dinner Wednesday night.

UM-Dearborn restler Marina Goocher
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The organization that oversees college wrestling at the club sports level is standing by its policy forbidding co-ed wrestling in sanctioned competitions.

Marina Goocher is a junior at the University of Michigan –Dearborn. She's the only woman on the school's club wrestling team, and the only female wrestler in the league's Midwest conference of schools.

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White supremacist Richard Spencer submitted a request Friday to speak at the University of Michigan as part of an ongoing attempt to challenge the free speech policies of public universities.

A foreclosure sign.
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An effort to help some Wayne County residents from losing their homes to tax foreclosure seems to have stalled. Until the last minute, low-income property owners were being encouraged to apply for tax exemptions, with the hope of preventing their homes from being sold at Wayne County’s annual auction of tax-foreclosed properties.

Detroit City assessor Alvin Horhn’s office promoted the idea that some low-income homeowners might be able to avoid tax foreclosure this year if they hurried to apply for a tax exemption.

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In a surprise trip, First Lady Melania Trump and U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited a metro-Detroit middle school today.

According to the White House Office of the Press Secretary, Trump and DeVos will tour the school and participate in classroom lessons "about respecting others, kindness and inclusion," as part of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents approved changes to the school’s free speech policy today. EMU General Counsel Gloria Hage recommended the changes at a time when colleges and universities in Michigan and around the country face the challenge of protecting free speech while also keeping campuses safe when controversial guests speak on campus.

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A fight in Lansing over car insurance reform is once again pitting concerns over affordability against concerns about coverage for catastrophic car crashes.

At least one Democratic state representative from Detroit is supportive of a legislative plan that would get rid of the state requirement that all drivers purchase unlimited personal injury protection with their auto insurance.

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Four women, all award-winning journalists, are suing the Detroit Free Press and its parent company Gannett for unequal pay.

The lawsuit claims the women are paid less than male Free Press employees with similar jobs, experience, and skills.

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