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A new survey finds only a quarter of Michigan teachers think arming teachers will make students safer from gun violence.

The poll found 95% of teachers and support staff say schools need more funding for mental health services.

Paula Herbart is president of the Michigan Education Association, which commissioned the poll.  

"More counselors and social workers can work with students who are struggling with issues in and outside the classroom, and provide them with the support they need," says Herbart.

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Members of a church that gave an immigrant man sanctuary are walking from Detroit to Lansing to raise awareness of his situation.

Supporters say Ded Rranxburgaj, an Albanian man who's lived in the U.S. since 2001, is the sole support for his disabled wife, who has multiple sclerosis, and his 15-year-old son.  

He's been living in Detroit's Central United Methodist Church for four months after the government revoked his humanitarian status.

Today on Stateside, parents and advocates worry about Michigan taking a step closer to privatizing mental health care. Plus, the singer from Warren who grew up to become a top impersonator of Frank Sinatra.

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If certain health providers and legislators get their way, Michigan's mental health system could soon be privatized.

Pretty much everyone agrees that closer coordination of mental and physical health care would be a good thing for patients.

After all, the mind is connected to the body, but just how to get there has been up for fierce debate going on two years now.

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Today is the 20th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's death, but he lives on in Bob Anderson​. Anderson has been a fixture in Vegas and on stages all around the country with his show, "Frank. The Man. The Music."

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The Detroit Public Theatre is wrapping up its third season with a new play that it commissioned: "Birthday Candles." It's written by Noah Haidle, a Grand Rapids native. 

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A coolant spill in the Straits of Mackinac did not harm the Great Lakes. That’s according to the Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

In April, electric cables leaked about 600 gallons of synthetic coolant into the Straits of Mackinac. The cables are owned by the American Transmission Company.

Experts gave a presentation about the spill cleanup and analysis to the state’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Monday. They said the spill was “minor” and caused no significant environmental impact.

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New Lions head coach Matt Patricia has found himself at the center of a Detroit News story that reported: he'd been arrested in March 1996 and indicted for aggravated sexual assault. 

The case collapsed when the accuser decided not to testify.

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision has swept away Nevada's monopoly on legal sports betting. The 6-3 decision, released today, means states can opt to legalize sports betting and enjoy the tax benefits.

Fairy's signature black-and-white "Andre the Giant" face appeared on a water tower in downtown Detroit.
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The city of Detroit is suing Bedrock Management Services for allegedly failing to turn over information about tenants in some rental properties.

Bedrock is the real estate services firm owned by Quicken Loans CEO and downtown Detroit’s largest landowner, Dan Gilbert. Gilbert calls what the city is asking for "confidential personal information"--and says Bedrock won't release it without a court order.

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Back in the old days, when a politician got caught doing something questionable, we said “this doesn’t look good.” 

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The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said in a statement that state laws will now allow the sale of CBD (oil based cannibus) to medical marijuana patients.

CBD advocates say the oil can help people with medical conditions like seizures, chronic pain, anxiety and sleep issues.

However, it does not give users the same "high" feeling commonly associated with smoking pot.

But any change by the state might not matter.

In the fall Michigan residents could vote on a ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana.

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A group of unions plans to file an emergency motion this morning with the Michigan Supreme Court. The construction worker unions want to block a state elections board from sending a question to the Legislature to outlaw state and local prevailing wage rules. The prevailing wage requires builders to pay workers union-level wages on taxpayer funded projects.

Democrats like their chances in Election 2018 as they hope President Trump’s unfavorables will help them win the House in November.

But Republicans have their own emblematic figure they are using to paint a dark picture of the ramifications of a “blue wave.”

As much as Democrats expect and hope people are ready to get out and vote against Donald Trump, Republicans think and hope the same may be true for the House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Some environmentalists are worried a bill moving through the state Legislature would give mining companies too much leeway.

Under the bill, mining operators would be able to make certain changes to their permits without going through an amendment process or public review. Instead, they’d be required to give written notice of modifications to the Department of Environmental Quality.

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It’s back to court Monday for four defendants in the Flint water crisis investigation.

At the time of Flint’s ill-fated drinking water switch, district supervisor Stephen Busch, Community Drinking Water Unit specialist Patrick Cook, district engineer Michael Prysby, and chief of the office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Liane Shekter Smith were responsible for overseeing Flint’s water system for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  

They are now facing a variety of charges related to the city’s water crisis.

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After another light voter turnout in the May election, the Genesee County clerk says it’s time to consolidate future elections to August and November.

There were elections May 8 in 66 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Voters were mostly asked to decide school millages and bond requests. 

Clerk John Gleason says the May election in Genesee County drew less than 10%, and in some cases much less.

When you write emails, what are your preferred greetings and sign-offs?  There are a lot of options, and your choice probably depends on the nature of the email. 

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Vice President Mike Pence talked about faith, traditional values, and the Trump administration in his commencement address at Hillsdale College Saturday afternoon.    

Pence spoke to more than 300 graduates, as well as their friends and family at the small liberal arts school in southern Michigan.

“Let’s be honest, no one comes to commencement to hear the speaker,” Pence joked. But the vice president was well received by the audience at the school that is influential in conservative political circles.

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The four Republicans running for governor held their first debate this week. It was the first time Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines have appeared together on one stage.

There were arguments over the handling of the Flint water crisis and who's the biggest Trump supporter. One thing they all agreed on is that Michigan should not legalize recreational marijuana, but they said they'd respect the wishes of the voters. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about what else stood out in the debate.

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Paddlesports are becoming Big Business in the Great Lakes state. The Coast Guard estimates some 650,000 kayaks, canoes and paddleboards ply Michigan waters every year. And that number is expected to grow seven percent a year, reports The Detroit News.

At that rate, paddlecrafts would outnumber registered power boats within three years. The crush of paddlers from rank beginners to advanced Great Lakes paddlers … threatens to overcrowd the 1,300 boat launches around the state.

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May 11, 2018

Today on Stateside, a startup CEO says neighbors, not just millionaires, can invest in Detroit too. And, an MSU trustee calls for a "new day." But is it too late?

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Out-of-state investors own many of the vacant homes in Detroit. Those homes sometimes sit empty until they are stripped by scrappers or burned down by arsonists.

But a new start-up called Cooperative Capital is suggesting neighbors buy vacant houses, and it will help them do it.

MDEQ releases watered-down lead and copper standard

May 11, 2018
Work crew replacing a lead service line in Flint.
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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality updated its proposed lead and copper rule to allow utilities more flexibility in scheduling replacement of lead service lines. It also increased the lead action level from the original 10 parts per billion to 12 ppb. The federal action level is 15.

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A court says the Legislature gets to vote on a petition-initiated bill that would outlaw rules for how workers are paid on publicly funded projects.

Prevailing wage rules adopted by the state and some local governments in Michigan require contractors to pay union-level wages on taxpayer-funded projects. 

A group led by non-union builders turned in almost 270,000 signatures of registered voters to put the question of banning prevailing wage rules to the Legislature.

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A new exhibition is taking place at the David Klein Gallery in Detroit. Its title is “Old” and the artist is Scott Hocking.

Hocking joined Stateside to discuss his massive and, oftentimes, temporary sculptures and installations. He talked about how he chooses sites and materials for his installations, how he conveys his work to art consumers, and how his work in Detroit reflects what is happening in the city.

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Maybe no one mentioned it to you, but this has been Michigan-China week. Chinese officials and business people from six provinces have been visiting Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids.

Before we get to this week’s inaugural visit, let’s go over what’s happened in the last year and a half. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been sounding much more nationalist, and American President Donald Trump has been talking about tariffs on several Chinese imports.

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This week on the political roundupKen Sikkema, senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants and former Republican majority leader in the state Senate, and Vicki Barnett, former mayor of Farmington Hills and former Democratic legislator, joined Stateside to discuss their takeaways from the first Republican gubernatorial debate and a forum that brought Republican and Democratic candidates together in East Lansing.

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This week, a Michigan State University trustee called for a "new day" at the school: A change of culture that apologizes, admits failure, and offers justice instead of the institution positioning itself defensively.

That statement by MSU trustee Brian Mosallam comes during continuing fallout connected with the scandal of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulting many girls and young women and insisting it was a medical treatment.

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A county at the tip of Michigan's Thumb is bucking a trend: It won't join a lawsuit against the makers of opioid drugs.

Cities and counties across Michigan are suing drug companies and retailers over the consequences of excessive opioid use. They want the companies to reimburse them for the costs of responding to the crisis.

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