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Michigan creates new chemical contamination guidelines

Health departments are reacting to changes in the state criteria for chemical contaminants in drinking water.

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Our airwaves are filled with debates about immigrants and refugees. Who should be in the United States, who shouldn't, and who should decide?

These modern debates often draw upon our ideas about past waves of immigration. We sometimes assume that earlier generations of newcomers quickly learned English and integrated into American society. But historian Maria Cristina Garcia says these ideas are often false.

Who can say why some gimmicks take off and others flop? But the Google Arts & Culture app tapped into the zeitgeist over the weekend, until it seemed like just about everyone with access to a camera phone and a social media account was seeking and sharing their famous painting doppelganger.

Some members of the Trump administration started off the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at a wreath-laying ceremony at the civil rights leader's memorial in Washington Monday. But the president's first stop was his own golf club.

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  Farmers’ market season has started, and one community market is using technology to bring fresh produce to more people.

The Midland Chamber of Commerce has launched a new service that allows people to place an order from the farmers market online and have the goods delivered to their home.

Rachel Gray is the owner of Run-A-Round Errand Service. She said the service was launched to help bring fresh produce to more people.

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A case against the state of Michigan will determine whether tax dollars can be used to support private schools.

At stake is a two-and-a-half million dollar allocation in the state budget.

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There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.

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A bill that would increase pay for jury members in Michigan is on its way to the Senate floor.

State officials said people often lose money on jury duty, through loss of wages and the cost of food and parking.

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A civil rights groups filed suit filed against the Michigan Secretary of State last week.

The suit argues it is unconstitutional to suspend the licenses of drivers who can’t afford to pay their fines.

Phil Telfeyan is the Executive Director of  Washington DC based, Equal Justice Under Law, which filed the suit.

He said the state routinely adds on late fees and fines and eventually suspends the license of someone who can’t pay.

This week on 'The Beat,' we're featuring some great new music from Diana Krall, Pete Siers, and Sarah Partidge. We're also hearing a new three-disc set from David Friessen, and hear from the Great Chick Corea.

Michigan House Democrats

There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House today as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.

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Big business investors are waiting on Governor Rick Snyder to give them a break. A tax break that is – to build on blighted land.

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Two million Medicare users in Michigan could be affected by cuts perhaps sooner than expected.

A little known Independent Payment Advisory Board - or IPAB - was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. It’s formed when Medicare spending hits a level, which is determined by a complicated formula. The group is charged with bringing costs  back down.

 

Nonviolent Peaceforce

Next week, the executive director of an organization dedicated to creating peace will be speaking in Midland.

Tiffany Easthom has been extensively involved in efforts to create peace in places like South Sudan and Syria. She’ll be speaking to members of Midland’s chapter of the Nonviolent Peaceforce on Monday, May 15.

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