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The latest Michigan news from the Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler
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The United Auto Workers union on Monday turned its bargaining focus to Fiat Chrysler, raising the possibility of another strike against a Detroit automaker.

Ford Sign
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Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales.

Phone
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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday announced a planned crackdown on robocalls, outlining a dozen initiatives designed to curb the automated calls that in many cases are illegal.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic.

Hunter with gun
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Hunting wildlife has long been ingrained in Michigan’s culture, but it is currently on a decline across the state as young adults opt to participate in other activities.

A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to fish and wildlife habitats tainted by dioxins and other hazardous substances from Dow’s manufacturing complex in its headquarters city of Midland.
City of Saginaw

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday.

For more than a year, a man in Michigan stole sensitive technical data from his employer, according to federal prosecutors. He would then allegedly send it to his brother in Iran, who has connections to the Iranian military.

Amin Hasanzadeh, an Iranian national and a U.S. permanent resident, made his initial appearance in federal court on Wednesday on charges of fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. According to the Federal Defender Office in Detroit, Hasanzadeh has not yet been assigned a lawyer.

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A Michigan regulatory oversight board staffed with business and industry representatives selected by former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has temporarily paused state drinking water standards that would limit allowable levels of certain toxic industrial chemicals.

Lansing Sun Screenshot
Screenshot on November 1, 2019

Recently a rash of political news outlets have cropped up around Michigan claiming to be unbiased, local news outlets. There are nearly 40 of them branded to look like they’re based in Michigan towns and cities with names like the Lansing Sun and the Ann Arbor Times. WKAR’s Morning Edition host and producer Mary Ellen Pitney spoke with Carol Thompson of the Lansing State Journal, who originally broke the story, about these websites. Below are highlights of their conversation.


Bethany Mauger photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Lansing-based author Bethany Mauger's first book is getting national attention. She's the co-author of “Free Cyntoia: My Search For Redemption in the American Prison System" by Cyntoia Brown.

Brown killed a man when she was 16. Her story became national news when she was the subject of celebrity activist campaigns and later granted clemency by the governor of Tennessee after 15 years behind bars.

Mauger told WKAR's Scott Pohl that the book is the result of extensive interviews with Cyntoia Brown. Below are highlights of their conversation. 


The group Students for a Multicultural Building is lobbying for a standalone structure at MSU, where students of color can organize and have meeting space. MSU is one of six,  14 Big 10 schools without a standalone multicultural building.
Screenshot, Change.Org Petition

This month, several incidents at Michigan State University have highlighted conversations about how safe students of color feel on campus. It’s renewed interest in the need for a safe space. One student organization at MSU wants to build a freestanding multicultural center.

 


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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A 100-year-old World War II veteran from Michigan has finally been honored for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Caged Chicken
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A divided Michigan Senate has voted to delay a requirement that farm animals confined in small cages and stalls be given more room.

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A “well-organized machine” of thieves appears to be behind the theft of tons of apples and pumpkins from orchards and farms in Michigan and Indiana, according to authorities.

WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan’s prison inmates are now allowed to apply for college financial aid through a state program that had long excluded them but was changed under the state’s 2020 budget.

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