Author: Lea Vigi

Michigan Gubernatorial Debate – Whitmer, Schuette

With less than a month until voters go to the polls, Michigan gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette will debate tonight, October 12, at 7pm ET at WOOD TV8’s Grand Rapids studio. Watch it now on-demand.

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Electoral Reform via Ballot Initiatives Panel

The panel looked at two initiatives on the November 2018 ballot: the Voters Not Politicians initiative to reform redistricting (Proposal 2), and the Promote the Vote initiative to expand voting and registration opportunities.

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How bad is Michigan’s PFAS problem?

Boiling water doesn’t get rid of it. Residential filters don’t take it out either. In a special Great Lakes Now report, Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Geist explains what PFAS are and how high levels of the chemicals are contaminating water on the west side of Michigan.

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul and Detroit Icon, Dies at 76

A legend is gone. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at age 76 in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. One of the best-selling musical artists of all times, she defined a generation of music with countless hits like “Think” and “Respect.”

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One Detroit Op-Ed | Finley: Media must look to itself to restore trust

MiWeek contributor and Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley writes: “No one in our profession can say with a straight face that we cover Donald Trump the same way we have past presidents. We are not only giving him more scrutiny — rightly so — but we are making more mistakes in our haste to discredit him. Our accuracy ratings have fallen as we turn to poorly vetted anonymous sources and repeat every rumor that fits the narrative that Trump is a disaster.”

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  • News Wrap: Istanbul trial begins for Saudi suspects in Khashoggi murder

    In our news wrap Friday, a trial is underway in Istanbul for 20 Saudis charged in the October 2018 slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. None of the accused were in court, as Saudi Arabia rejected demands for their extradition. Also, Ethiopia's prime minister called out protesters for refusing to end a week of violent unrest following the shooting death of singer Hachalu Hundessa.

  • Major U.S. cities struggle to keep residents compliant as virus surges

    As the Fourth of July approaches, coronavirus cases are rising across the country, with businesses and public spaces again closing down as a result. Where does the U.S. stand in terms of managing this public health crisis? Judy Woodruff talks to top elected officials of two major metropolitan areas: Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County, Texas, and Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade County, Florida.

  • Why this pro-democracy Hong Kong activist decided to flee his home

    The reverberations from China's new national security law, which restricts freedom of speech in Hong Kong, continue. Nathan Law is a prominent pro-democracy activist who fled Hong Kong after the crackdown. He joins Nick Schifrin to discuss what protesters on the ground need from the international community, whether he has hope for Hong Kong's future and the challenge of deciding to leave his home.