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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Hunting wildlife has long been ingrained in Michigan's culture, but it is currently on a decline across the state.

The decline is partly due to more baby boomers aging out. Young adults, urbanites and others are also far less likely to participate in hunting.

Michigan had as many as 1.2 million hunters in the 1970s, '80s and into the '90s. But by 2018, less than 675,000 people had at least one hunting license in the state.

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DETROIT (AP) — Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.

UAW Voting On Proposed Contract With Ford Today

Nov 11, 2019
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Members of the United Auto Workers continue voting on a proposed contract with the Ford Motor Company today. 


The deadline to ratify the deal is the end of this week.


The tentative agreement offers many of the same features the UAW sought in its recent contract talks with GM.


Ford will provide wage increases, bonus payments if the contract is signed and ratified and a way forward for temporary workers with at least three years of experience to become full time employees by 2020.


Michigan Man Uses Battle Ax To Fight Off Intruder

Nov 10, 2019

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose hobbies include ritualized combat with replica weapons from the Middle Ages says he wielded a battle ax he calls "my baby" to fend off an intruder.


 Several Michigan communities just said no to recreational pot shops.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth say it’s probably too early to jump to conclusions about what that means for the industry.

You can also subcribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts. And read more about this episode at wdet.org/michmash


MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan who dropped out after saying she wanted to keep her community white "as much as possible" still received 4% of the vote.

Jean Cramer ended her candidacy in Marysville in August, but it was too late to remove her name from the ballot. Cramer finished last among five candidates with 180 votes.

Cramer couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. Her phone line was busy.


Voters in South Haven decided on a ballot proposal Tuesday on opting in or out of Michigan's law that legalizes recreational marijuana.

The way that the proposal was worded, a "yes" vote meant a voter was choosing to ban marijuana-related business.  A "no" vote meant a voter did not want the ban. 

According to unofficial vote totals out of Van Buren County, there were 645 "yes" votes and 537 "no" votes. 

That means South Haven will not allow marijuana businesses. 

Benton Harbor Incumbent Mayor Holds Off Challenger

Nov 6, 2019
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Marcus Muhammad, the current mayor of Benton Harbor, has won another term following Tuesday's election. 

According to unofficial results out of Berrien County, with 100% of precincts reporting, Muhammad got 612 votes while his challenger, Ron Singleton, got 521 votes. 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is paying at least $2.5 million for hosting a 2020 presidential debate.


Ten communities will decide Tuesday whether they want businesses to be able to sell recreational marijuana. Last November, the state passed a law legalizing recreational marijuana. Since then, the issue has slowly been debated in communities at the ballot box.

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In Benton Harbor voters are choosing between incumbent mayor Marcus Muhammad and Ron Singleton. Both are Democrats. 

There are also city commissioners on the ballot in Benton Harbor. 

Naomi Clark says she’s been voting every time she could since she turned 18. She says those who don’t vote, can’t complain.


"If someone get in that you don't want in, that you think shouldn't have been in, then you don't have anything to say if you didn't vote," Clark says.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is lowering or eliminating fees assessed on people who register to use marijuana for medical reasons.

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Applicants to the new Independent Redistricting Commission will have the chance to be a part of Michigan history – and redraw the state’s political district lines.

As part of their weekly series MichMash, Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher break down the selection process, how to apply, and what comes next.

You can subscribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts. Read more at wdet.org/michmash


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is now accepting applications from businesses wanting to get into the marijuana industry in the wake of voters' legalization of the drug for adult recreational use.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency began receiving license applications Friday.

Businesses that already have medical marijuana licenses may get recreational licenses as soon as the end of this month since they were previously vetted.

Judge Upholds Law Allowing Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel

Nov 1, 2019
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators did not violate the state constitution with their decision to allow construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes, a judge said Thursday.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic group is challenging a Michigan law that requires election officials to reject absentee ballots with signatures that don't match what's on file.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit by Priorities USA, a political action committee. It says Michigan's signature-matching law is "arbitrary and standardless" and has disenfranchised hundreds of voters in recent elections.

Michigan Promises Faster Review Of Erosion Control Permits

Oct 31, 2019
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators are promising faster reviews of applications to protect homes or structures threatened by rising Great Lakes levels.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Wednesday it will expedite permits for actions such as placing rocks or building seawalls to prevent erosion.

Director Liesl Clark said permit consideration requires a balance between protecting property and safeguarding environmental features such as dunes, shorelines and bluffs.

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Michigan health officials say sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, nationally and statewide. 

Earlier this month, Centers for Disease Control officials noted that STDs were at an all-time high across the U.S. in 2018.

Now, state officials are painting a clearer picture of what is happening in Michigan. In one year, Michigan saw a 10% increase in gonorrhea cases, a 36% increase in syphilis cases and a 1% increase in chlamydia cases.

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HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool has been ordered to trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

A judge ruled Thursday that Timothy Koets should stand trial for the more serious charge he faced in the March death of 16-year-old Samuel Koets.

She expects to decide later on whether second-degree child abuse charges on which he was arraigned should be included.

Authorities say Timothy Koets left his son outside when he went to work, while the mother, Michelle Koets, slept inside after working a shift as a nurse.

Timothy Koets' lawyer says his client didn't leave the boy unattended and his death was “tragic accident.”


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A college professor in western Michigan has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 16-year-old autistic son who drowned in an icy backyard pool.

Former MSU President To Go On Trial On Criminal Charges

Oct 28, 2019

Ex Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon will go to trial on criminal charges. Simon is accused of lying to police about what she knew about Larry Nassar and when. A district court judge made the ruling today after a preliminary exam that took months. The case now moves to Circuit Court. 

Nassar was the MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who admitted to sexually assaulting his patients for decades.


FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan auto shop has replaced a Halloween display depicting a scowling President Donald Trump holding the severed head of former President Barack Obama by a black rope.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Quality Coatings owner Dave Huff removed the rope and Obama mask Friday outside the business in Fowlerville, about 66 miles northwest of Detroit, following criticism on social media. He added yellow tape reading: "PC-POLICE."

John Conyers Of Michigan, Longest Serving Black Congressman, Dies At 90

Oct 27, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90.

BREAKING: GM Workers Ratify Contract, Ending Contentious 40-Day Strike

Oct 25, 2019

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A contentious 40-day strike that crippled General Motors' U.S. production came to an end Friday as workers approved a new contract with the company.

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Some Michigan lawmakers want to limit the powers of the governor’s office.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth observe that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been flexing her constitutional muscles lately, and Republicans aren’t happy about it.

Parlak Speaking Out In Support Of The Kurds

Oct 25, 2019
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HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan restaurateur and Kurdish immigrant who has faced deportation to Turkey for more than a decade is publicly criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to pull about 1,000 U.S. soldiers out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan couple with seven children and 21 grandchildren has claimed an $80 million Powerball prize.

More than 60% of Flint Truck Assembly plant workers voted to approve a tentative contract with General Motors.  

Workers At Large GM Plant In Michigan Approve Contract

Oct 23, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — Workers at one of the largest General Motors factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end.

The Pontiac school district is "strongly discouraging" parents from sending their children to school with homemade baked snacks or commercially packaged snacks, especially with unfamiliar branding.

In a letter to district parents, Superintendent Kelley Williams explained that's because marijuana edibles often look like traditional homemade baked goods and packaged candy.

Williams said the purpose of the letter is to protect student safety, health and well-being.


Today on Stateside, one University of Michigan professor says we are in the midst of a "Re-Englightenment" when it comes to cultural attitudes about climate change. Plus, we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about her work on a package of bills aimed at protecting U.S. elections from foriegn interference.