Brett Dahlberg

Reporter

Brett joined WCMU in February, 2021, as a general assignment reporter. He was previously the health reporter at WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, N.Y., and has filed stories for National Public Radio, IEEE Spectrum, The Village Voice and other outlets.

Brett earned a master’s degree in journalism from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. He grew up on Washington state’s Kitsap Peninsula and is proud that his cell phone number still carries the 360 area code.

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy said in a statement Monday that ballots in the county’s local elections next month will be counted electronically, despite a vote by the county board of commissioners that would require them to be counted by hand.

Guy said state law requires the ballots to be counted by machine, and the board of commissioners has no power to mandate hand-counting

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Daily coronavirus cases in Michigan have shot up over the last few weeks, but the number of diagnostic tests run for the virus has risen much more slowly.

The average number of new daily cases of the virus has more than doubled since February 18, but testing has only increased about 10%.

Frankenmuth Historical Association

Central Michigan University reacted Friday to criticism of its choice of an investigator in a sexual harassment case.

The university's decision is “mind-blowing,” said Tess Francke, who interned as a CMU student at the consulting firm whose links to CMU are under investigation.

National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Rocky Mountain Laboratory

Michigan has its first known case of the P.1 variant of the novel coronavirus. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that the virus was identified in a sample from a Bay County resident.

Michigan Public Service Commission

To make room for a new phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, people in four Michigan area codes will soon need to dial ten digits to place a call.

Callers in the 616, 810, 906 and 989 area codes -- covering the Upper Peninsula and about a third of the Lower Peninsula -- will have to dial the area code plus the phone number they’re trying to reach starting October 24.

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