Potholes on a road in Ann Arbor.
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How does MDOT decide which roads to fix first?

This week, Governor Snyder is expected to sign a bill sending an extra $175 million in one-time funds to our state and local roads. That money supplements $2.3 billion in ongoing funds this year. Kirk Steudle , director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, joined Stateside again to answer one more MI Curious question about Michigan's roads.

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The University of Michigan is teaming up with the city of Detroit to fight poverty and promote economic mobility.

The university’s Poverty Solutions program announced it will put up to $2 million into an effort to understand and promote the sources of upward mobility in the city.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.
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Lansing needs to step up and provide adequate roads funding or else tell local governments they’re on their own, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said Monday.

Hackel blasted the Michigan Legislature’s 2015 “fix” that raised fuel taxes and driver registration fees, but generates far too little revenue for the state’s actual infrastructure needs. He made those remarks as Macomb unveiled a new online resource about county road conditions, and what it will cost to fix them.

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In 2015, back when Destin Julian was a junior on the Hamady High School varsity football team, he took a hard hit to the head, and seemed dazed.

“He was a little bit out on his feet, as it was described,” said David Shiener, Julian's attorney. “And at that point he should be monitored.”

Olivia Cowan
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Lawmakers in Lansing have been working on legislation in response to the Larry Nassar case. And while they’re at it, some say they might want to clarify who counts as a victim when it comes to giving impact statements at a defendant’s sentencing.

Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who will spend decades in prison for serial sexual assault. At his sentencing, women who were sexually assaulted, their parents, and even coaches were allowed to give an impact statement. But under current Michigan law, some of them shouldn’t have been able to.

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy.
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One Detroit school that’s shut down because of building problems will be housed in another school building for the rest of this year.

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy was shut down because of a leaky roof and mold problems. The Detroit Public Schools Community District closed the building for the rest of the year to replace the roof.

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This week, public transit officials from Michigan and across the country will be in Washington D.C. to lobby for more public transportation funding.

There is concern the Trump administration is not including public transit in some of its funding proposals.

“We hope that a new infrastructure package will be kind to transit,” says Edgar Bening, the general manager of the Flint Metropolitan Transit Authority. “We have many needs.”

Bening is also in D.C. to push for a change in Medicare rules to allow recipients to get reimbursed when they use public transit for medical appointments. 

“If we can get this amendment… this change…it’s going to help our community and across the country,” says Bening.

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Former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Earley served as Flint’s emergency manager from September 2013 through January 2015.

It was during that time the city’s drinking water source was switched to the Flint River with disastrous results.

Prosecutors charged Earley with Misconduct in Office, Neglect of Duty and False Pretenses.  He’s also facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.

The judge overseeing Earley’s preliminary exam will decide if there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial.

When was the last time you asked for a rain check? 

Maybe a store gave you a rain check for a product you wanted that was out of stock. Or maybe you invited a friend out to lunch, but they were busy and asked for a rain check.

If you've ever asked for a rain check, you're actually using a phrase that we can trace back to baseball and, surprisingly, chess.

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This past week, Lansing’s Catholic bishop introduced a special panel that will examine issues of race in the diocese.  

University of Michigan near Rackham and Michigan League
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A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request by the Detroit Free Press.

The Free Press wants to know how the University calculates the more than two million dollars in compensation for its chief investment officer, Erik Lundberg.

Mark Rochester, senior news director of investigations, says other universities in Michigan disclosed the information, so the U of M's refusal is a head scratcher.


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