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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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The unfinished Wayne County jail near Gratiot Ave. in Detroit.
Wayne County

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.

gavel on a table.
steve carmody / Michigan Radio

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
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

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.
Tyler Scott / Michigan Radio

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
Courtesy of the ACLU of Michigan

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.

The Michigan Union covered in blooming ivy
Wikimedia Commons

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.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

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.

bottom of chalkboard, with an eraser and chalk sitting on the ledge
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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.

Car accident
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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.

scrabble letters that spell pay gap
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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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It’s still not clear who paid for Ypsilanti city officials to travel to China at the end of last month.

At a special meeting last night, Ypsilanti council questioned Mayor Amanda Edmonds, Economic Development Director Beth Ernat, Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Brown, Police Chief Tony DeGiusti, whom all travelled to China; as well as City Manager Darwin McClary, who was involved in scheduling the trip.

The trip to China from Sep. 21 to Oct. 2 was a chance for city officials to meet with Chinese investors in a proposed $300 million housing and retail development dubbed International Village in Ypsilanti.

There are ethical concerns that the developer of International Village, Troy-based Amy Foster, may have used a Wayne State University Student group as a pass-through for money to pay for the Ypsilanti officials’ travel.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, 10/10/17

All regular nursing staff at UPHS-Marquette can now return to work. 

Victor Harrington, Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development at UPHS, said the hospital hired replacement nurses to staff the hospital during last week's 48-hour (Thursday - Friday) nurse strike. Harrington said the staffing agency that provided replacement nurses required a five day minimum contract to work. That contract ended after Monday. 

The Ypsilanti City Council will investigate a recent trip to China by four city officials including the mayor and mayor pro tem.

State Representatives Pete Lucido and Kevin Hertel stand together at the podium of a town hall they co-sponsored.
Tyler Scott

A few hundred Macomb county residents prodded a panel of MDEQ officials at a town hall about the health of Lake St. Clair as it relates to beach closures due to E. Coli contamination, sewage overflows into the lake and foul-smelling muck in the water, which is also a source of drinking water in southeast Michigan.

“The consumer, the taxpayer, the ratepayer, is pissed off,” said State Representative Peter Lucido (R – 36th), who co-sponsored the town hall. “They want answers and they want solutions that are going to work without (hearing) ‘we’re working on it, we’re working on it’.”

Michigan State University sign
MSU

Michigan State University has released its second annual Title IX report, detailing relationship violence and sexual misconduct complaints reported during the 2016-2017 school year.

For a second year, MSU saw a big increase in the number of complaints reported throughout the year. Seven hundred eighteen incidents were reported to MSU’s office of Institutional Equity for the last school year, up from 461 reports the previous year.

A picture of two boys in full pads playing football.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

One in five teenagers responding to a survey have been diagnosed with a concussion at least once, according to a study published today by University of Michigan researchers.

Surveyors asked more than 13,000 teenagers from around the United States if they had ever been diagnosed with a concussion. Assistant research professor Philip Veliz says the prevalence of concussions among adolescents isn’t a topic that’s been researched much at all.

A University of Michigan graduate student who says he began kneeling at the university’s diag as a sign of protest at 7 a.m. Monday says he plans to continue for 24 hours.

As of 8:30p Monday evening, Dana Greene Jr. was still kneeling at the diag.

UPDATE: In a phone interview, Greene says he got up from his protest around 3:30am because he was physically exhausted. He says UM President Mark Schlissel called him during the day, and Greene plans to meet with Schlissel on Wednesday.

A girl posing with a curled bicep next to a large industrial grape-sorting machine.
Lee Leutes

An early-autumn heatwave is just about wrapping up in Michigan, and the warm weather has been a boon for some Michigan wineries.

Cooler weather and rain at the beginning of August amounted to a slow start of the harvest season, according to Lee Lutes, the head wine-maker and general manager of the wineries at Black Star Farms, near Traverse City.

“And then this heat set in and, boy, it’s almost like flipping a switch,” Lutes said. “It’s nothing but good.”

A picture of a dock and water with Cyanobacteria (a green film)
NOAA, GLERL

A stretch of the Maumee River that runs through Toledo, Ohio has turned vivid green thanks to a bloom of cyanobacteria.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is advising people to avoid swimming or otherwise exposing themselves to contact with the water.

A birds-eye view of the Water Street property owned by the city of Ypsilanti
City of Ypsilanti

 

The city of Ypsilanti is inching forward with a proposal to sell city-owned land to developers who want to build a more than $300 million housing and retail development on the polluted site.

After a meeting that lasted more than six hours, the council voted 4-3 to agree to a non-binding land purchase agreement with International Village LLC, the development company headed by Troy-based Amy Foster. Two city council members abstained from voting and one voted no. 

Photograph of Downtown Detroit
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Developers of residential housing who receive public subsidies for their projects in Detroit will have to make 20% of new units affordable, under a proposed ordinance unanimously passed by the Detroit City Council today.

Several Democratic state representatives are planning to introduce legislation Tuesday that would require Michigan schools to be more energy efficient, and develop standards for air and water testing.

The seven-bill package is aimed at improving the health and wellness of students and teachers in schools across the state. Dubbed the “ABC Education Plan," state Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, says the requirements outlined in the bills would also improve student achievement.

A birds-eye view of the Water Street property owned by the city of Ypsilanti
City of Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti city council will meet on Tuesday to consider whether to green-light a major residential and retail development adjacent to the city’s downtown area on property currently owned by the city.

In May, the development company, Troy based International Village LLC, headed up by Amy Xue Foster, presented the city council with rough plans to build housing and storefronts aimed at attracting international students and inspired by “eastern” design.

A chart showing statuatory state shared revenue payments to the city of Ann Arbor declining over time.
City of Ann Arbor / City of Ann Arbor

An Ann Arbor city councilmember says the city’s expenses could outpace its revenue as soon as in the next two budget cycles. So the city council is considering a city income tax.

McLaren Hospital in Flint and the Genesee County Health Department have been working with the Centers for Disease Control since a court order is preventing local officials from talking directly with the state health department.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The family of a Grand Blanc woman, who family members believe died from Legionnaires’ disease in 2015, is suing Governor Rick Snyder and McLaren Regional Medical Center, among other named defendants, in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Bertie Marble died March 20, 2015 while she was a patient at Flint’s McLaren Hospital. Attorney Bill Goodman is representing the family members that filed the lawsuit. He claims the decision by state officials to switch Flint's water source to the Flint River exposed Marble to Legionnella bacteria, and that state officials and the hospital failed to tell patients at McLaren about the risk.

Boy in classroom with his hand raised
Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

There are fewer charter schools in session this year – a first since Michigan’s first charter school opened its doors in 1994.

Five new charter schools did open, but 11 charter schools that were operating last school year closed their doors, mostly for poor academic achievement or financial problems, according to a press release from the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). One caveat is Detroit Prep, a successful first-year school that merged its administrative oversight with another charter school, but remains open.

The "Diag" on the University of Michigan's main campus in Ann Arbor.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The University of Michigan is nearing a milestone. Michigan's oldest public university celebrates its bicentennial this weekend.

August 26th, 1817 was the day Lewis Cass, then governor of the Michigan territory, and the so-called judges of the territory, decided to establish an educational system headed up by the “University of Michigania,” a full 20 years before Michigan became a state.

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Ingham County is continuing to have bookkeeping problems with its treasurer.

Until recently, Treasurer Eric Schertzing had been writing checks the county had no record of. According to county Commissioner Mark Grebner, it wasn’t until a contractor tried to collect money he was owed by the county that questions were raised, and it was discovered a relatively small Community Development Block Grant program was being administered by the treasurer’s office through handwritten checks signed by Schertzing.

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