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Vincent Duffy

News Director

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. In his years  leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team has won scores of national, regional and state awards including Murrow Awards,  Sigma Delta Chi awards and others. 

Duffy is the Chair-elect of the Radio/Television/Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world's largest organization representing electronic journalists. He was previously Chair of RTDNA in 2012.

Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and then toured the world as a radio journalist covering news in Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.

After returning stateside he earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio while working as a reporter at WMUB in Oxford.

Duffy then had his first taste of a Big Ten school when he joined the news team at WILL at the University of Illinois as a reporter, Morning Edition host, and eventually News Director. While at the University of Illinois he also completed his doctoral coursework in communication research.

In 1997 Duffy returned to Kent State University as news director of WKSU.

In addition to his work for WKSU and NPR in Ohio, Vince hosted the weekly television news program  NewsNight Akron on PBS 45 & 49. His first television documentary, "Sharing Democracy: The Akron/Subotica Partnership", received the prestigious Telly Award and added Serbia to the growing list of destinations Vince has traveled to cover news. Vince also produced and hosted several PBS 45 & 49 specials, political debates and documentaries.

Duffy has won seven national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, a national Unity award, and many others.

In 2008 he added Ghana to his list of countries visited when he covered a University of Michigan delegation led by U of M President Mary Sue Coleman.

Along with his obvious love of travel, Vince enjoys skiing and martial arts. He has second degree black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate.

You can follow Vince on Twitter @vincentduffy

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Michigan superintendent Brian Whiston
Michigan Department of Education

State schools superintendent Brian Whiston is stepping down and taking long-term disability leave so he can focus on fighting cancer.

Whiston made the announcement today at a meeting of the Michigan State Board of Education.

Whiston set a goal of making Michigan one of the nation’s top 10 states when it comes to the quality of schools. He says plans that have been put in place to turn around struggling schools make that possible.

“They’re just now in progress, and it’s just very sad to me that I won’t be part of seeing whether they all worked or not,” Whiston said.

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The Michigan Senate this evening passed a package of sexual assault legislation (SB 871-878) designed to stop the type of abuse carried out by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

CMU police department

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.

While it has not been confirmed by officials at Central Michigan University, the Bellwood, Illinois police department says the victims of today's shootings were the parents of suspect James Eric Davis Jr.
 

michigan state university sign
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Michigan State University has yet to comply with a week old demand from Special Counsel in the Attorney General's office for physical evidence.

Last Saturday, the Special Counsel investigating how MSU handled sexual abuse allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar demanded immediate production of physical items belonging to William Stampel.

Stampel was dean of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine where Nassar worked, and reached and agreement with Nassar on new protocols the doctor must follow after complaints in 2014.

Bill Schuette

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is conducting an investigation into how much Michigan State University officials knew about claims of sexual abuse by patients of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Schuette, who is running for governor, told reporters Saturday that "it is abundantly clear that a full and complete investigation of what happened at Michigan State from the president's office down is required."

The investigation is being led by independent special prosecutor and retired Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, with assistance from the Michigan State Police.  Assistant Attorney General Christina Grossi has been named project manager.

Michigan State names acting president

Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State University has named its vice president to serve as acting president in the wake of Lou Ann Simon's resignation over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis steps down

Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis has stepped down in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
Michigan State University

The State House of Representatives wants MSU President Lou Anna Simon to resign or be fired by the school.

The House of Representatives adopted a resolution today. The MSU president has come under fire recently, after multiple women said they complained to school officials about sexual assault by an MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, but were ignored.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard voted in favor of the resolution. He says MSU’s reputation has been tarnished.

“We are never going to begin the healing process until she is gone,” Leonard said.

Larry Nassar in court in recent months with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.:
In the NCAA's letter to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis, Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Oliver Luck says, "Larry Nassar's heinous crimes of record against more than 150 victims raise serious concerns about institutional practices, student-athlete safety and the institution's actions to protect individuals from his behavior."

money
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For those who list getting into better financial shape among their goals for 2018, experts are coming to communities across the state to help connect people with the resources they need to be financially fit.

The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is organizing 39 different "Show Me the Money Day" events around the state in January and February. They're offering free assistance on a variety of topics, from applying for college financial aid to budgeting to buying a house.

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The new year will be filled with uncertainty for thousands of young immigrants whose lives are in limbo, and their advocates say their loss would be felt by all.

Nearly 600,000 young people -- including 5,400 in Michigan who were brought to this country as children by their undocumented parents -- have been living with fear since President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides them protections to live and work here.

Nassar in court.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes, one of three criminal cases against a man who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

Detroit-area Rep. Sander Levin says he won't run for an 19th term in Congress next year and will teach at the University of Michigan.

The 86-year-old Democrat confirmed today he will retire after 36 years in Washington. Levin has served on the House Ways and Means Committee for almost three decades. The powerful panel sets tax and trade laws.

Levin, known as Sandy, says he's grateful to have served residents all over the Detroit area, especially with districts being redrawn every decade. He says he'll continue "sharing the values" that he learned from his family.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Michigan House Republicans

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has launched his long-anticipated bid for the Republican nomination for governor.

The Republican launched his long-expected candidacy Tuesday while vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.

Calley is a former legislator who has served as Governor Rick Snyder's Number Two since 2011.

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.

people in voting booths
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. 

President Donald Trump
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President-elect Donald Trump is condemning the push to force recounts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory.

In a statement released by his transition team, Trump called the developing recount effort "a scam."

He says, "The people have spoken and the election is over."

A play during the Michigan Ohio State game on Nov. 26, 2016.
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Curtis Samuel swept in for a 15-yard touchdown after Ohio State barely converted a fourth-and-one play, and the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No.

Graph showing racial attacks and harassment since Election Day.
Souther Poverty Law Center

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights continues to receive increased reports of harassment and bullying directed at students of color and religious minorities following Tuesday's election.

Agustin Arbulu is the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He says many of the attacks are related to things President-elect Donald Trump said throughout his campaign.

“I think this election had a very negative climate for people on both sides, so it’s not surprising that there are people struggling with the result,” he says.

Enbridge

UPDATED 10/4/16 at 12:50 pm

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says Enbridge Energy can install four additional anchor supports on the Line 5 pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The MDEQ issued a permit for the four supports to maintain the integrity and safety of the pipeline.

Enbridge still needs a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

Severe weather is slamming parts of western Michigan as storms move east across the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist T.J. Turnage says Saturday that officials have seen "indications of tornados on radar, and very good indications they have occurred and debris lifted up with them."

Turnage says parts of Allegan and Kent counties, and the outskirts of Grand Rapids are seeing some of the worst weather.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey addresses the media after today's shooting.
screen grab / WOOD-TV

Update 9:56 a.m.

Authorities say the man who killed two courthouse bailiffs in Berrien County before being killed by other officers was probably trying to escape.

The photo Melissa Gilbert used in her announcement to run for Congress
Melissa Gilbert for Congress

Melissa Gilbert has ended her campaign as the democratic Congressional candidate in Michigan's 8th district. The actress, best known for her role as Laura Ingalls in the television series Little House on the Prairie, said in a statement emailed from her campaign that health concerns make it impossible to run.

President Barack Obama
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THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I just had the opportunity to meet with the federal responders who have been on the ground here in Flint, joined by Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Karen Weaver.  And our discussion underscored how important it was for us to mount a whole-of-government effort across agencies and across levels of government to meet one core mission, and that is make sure that the people of Flint are healthy; that they've got safe water to drink and to use; that we are ensuring that we have a plan for the system to work over the long term; and that we are certain that our kids here in Fli

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Numerous media outlets, including the Detroit Free Press and CNN are reporting a congressional committee has issued Darnell Earley a subpoena to testify about the Flint water crisis. 

Earley is a former Emergency Manager for the city of Flint. He is currently the Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools, but announced on Tuesday he would resign from that position on February 29, 2016.

The House Oversight Committee had earlier invited Earley to testify on Wednesday along with several other officials related to the Flint water crisis, but Earley refused.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder late tonight asked President Obama to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster for Genesee County. The request comes as a result of ongoing emergency water response efforts in the city of Flint.

Flint’s water crisis only qualifies for federal emergency status, and not natural disaster assistance, because it is a man-made disaster.

Ali Lapetina / Michigan Radio Detroit Journalism Cooperative

It's been just over a year since Detroit emerged from bankruptcy. As 2015 draws to a close, it will be the first full post-bankruptcy year for Detroit.

For city residents, life continues. Some city services have improved, many people are optimistic about the city's future, and some people see no difference at all.

We asked photographer Ali Lapetina to take her camera all over the city in a single day, and shoot pictures from before sunrise until after sunset.

Then MDEQ Director Dan Wyant at a press conference last fall.
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A task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan's environmental regulatory agency is primarily responsible for the state's failure to ensure safe drinking water for Flint residents.

The Flint Water Advisory Task Force says in a letter to Snyder that the state Department of Environmental Quality "must be held accountable for that failure."

The letter was made public Tuesday. You can read it here.

The office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell today confirmed the death this morning of Jeanne P. Dingell, the eldest daughter of former Congressman John D. Dingell and Helen Henebry Dingell. Jeanne passed away after a battle with lymphoma. The family released the following statement.

An image from the USGS showing the epicenter of today's earthquake in Michigan.
USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit Michigan at 12:23 this afternoon.

The epicenter of the quake was near Kalamazoo, about 8 km south of Galesburg.

An earthquake of this strength usually causes noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. Lots of people across Michigan and in Chicago reported feeling the quake on social media.

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