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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Detroit Metro Times. He operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker, Neavling was a five-year veteran of the Detroit Free Press, covering Detroit’s city hall.

Michigan election worker charged with tampering with primary election equipment

By: - September 29, 2022

An election worker in Michigan has been charged with two felonies for allegedly using a flash drive to gain illegal access to a voting machine. James Donald Holkeboer is accused of inserting a USB drive into a computer containing confidential voter registration during the Aug. 2 primary election in Gaines Township in Kent County. “This […]

Detroit challenges the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates in a federal lawsuit

By: - September 26, 2022

The city of Detroit is suing the U.S. Census Bureau, claiming it undercounted residents in the predominantly Black city. The city claims in the suit filed in U.S. District Court that the city’s population grew in 2021. If true, it would mark the first time the city’s population has increased in seven decades. The lawsuit […]

Michigan State Police stops marijuana testing after false positives

By: - August 30, 2022

Michigan State Police have acknowledged that its blood tests for marijuana are producing false positives for THC, and it will immediately halt testing. The Michigan State Police Crime lab notified county prosecutors about the faulty testing on Thursday. The toxicology tests failed to distinguish between THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and CBD, a non-psychoactive […]

The mystery behind a rash of dog deaths in central and northern Michigan has been solved

By: - August 25, 2022

State authorities have identified the mysterious illness that has killed dozens of dogs in central and northern Michigan. The dogs were infected with parvovirus, a highly contagious, life-threatening viral disease that commonly causes gastrointestinal illness in puppies, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The illness baffled veterinarians because tests on infected […]

Republicans clash over control of the Macomb Co. party, hold competing conventions

By: - August 11, 2022

The Macomb County GOP is embroiled in an ugly internal dispute over control of the party, and now plans to hold competing county conventions Thursday evening. With less than three months before the general election, the battle is likely to play out in court and have far-reaching consequences for a party that is trying to […]

4 Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor vote to unionize, and a 5th votes against it

By: - June 8, 2022

Baristas at four Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor overwhelmingly voted to form a union Tuesday, and employees at a fifth store voted against it. On Thursday, five Starbucks stores in Clinton Township, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Blanc, and Lansing are set to vote on unionizing. Since December, 135 Starbucks stores in 28 states have voted […]

Bills call for ending state’s nearly decade-long oversight of Detroit

By: - May 24, 2022

State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) introduced legislation last week that would end nearly a decade of state oversight of Detroit. The bills introduced on May 17 call for repealing conditions of the “Grand Bargain,” a controversial plan that used funds from foundations, corporations, unions and the state to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts and […]

City of Detroit to provide free legal representation for residents facing eviction

By: - May 12, 2022

The Detroit City Council this week approved “a historic” measure that will provide lower-income residents with free legal representation when facing eviction. The right-to-counsel ordinance passed 9-0 on Tuesday, and Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration endorsed it. “I believe this is about stabilizing our neighborhoods, it’s about protecting our most vulnerable,” Council President Mary Sheffield, who […]

Michigan man accused of threatening BLM supporters at Starbucks, leaving nooses for protesters

By: - May 2, 2022

A retired optometrist from Saginaw was charged with hate crimes for allegedly intimidating Black Lives Matter protesters and threatening to lynch a Black person, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Kenneth D. Pilon, 61, is accused of calling nine Starbucks stores in Michigan in 2020 and telling employees to tell their co-workers wearing Black Lives Matter […]

State House legislation would create reparations fund for Black Michigan residents

By: - March 8, 2022

Democratic state lawmakers are calling on the Legislature to approve a reparations fund for Black Michigan residents. The Racial Equity and Reparations Fund Act in the state House would provide $1.5 billion in federal money for grants, loans, investments, and other assistance for businesses and economic developments that “promote the African-American community” in Michigan. A […]

Task force created to combat COVID-19 racial disparities in Michigan finds success, but challenges lie ahead

By: - March 8, 2022

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a disturbing trend emerged that worried health officials: the virus was killing an alarming number of Black residents in Michigan. As a result, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer assembled the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to examine the inequalities and develop a plan to reduce them. Chaired by […]

Trump-loving, COVID-denying, Russia-defending conspiracy theorist wins special House election

By: - March 7, 2022

A Trump loyalist and conspiracy theorist who defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, said COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, and wants to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Michigan is one step closer to being an elected state representative. On Tuesday, Robert Regan won the special primary election for the 74th state House District […]