Stateside Staff

  • There's a medical procedure called debridement, in which dead or contaminated tissue or foreign material is removed. That seems to be what's happening with this week's federal indictments of a dozen past and present Detroit Public School principals, among others. 
  • Nine of the 700 monarch butterflies released from the Toledo Zoo last year have been spotted in central Mexico
  • We get both sides of the debate over the State Board of Education proposal to let transgender students use school bathrooms that match their gender identity.
  • The Yellow Dog River Community Forest Committee is raising money to preserve land along the Yellow Dog River in northern Marquette County.
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Isle Royale National Park

The National Park Service is taking a closer look at whether or not to bring more grey wolves to Isle Royale National Park. Only two wolves remain on the island now.

To help make its decision, the park service wants to hear from you. It’s accepting public comments on the question right now.

At one point, there were as many as 50 wolves on Isle Royale. But Phyllis Green, Superintendent of the Isle Royale National Park, says that number was abnormal.

  • Michigan Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta was in Flint today, where state lawmakers investigating the Flint water crisis held a public hearing.
  • The recent report from the Flint Water Advisory Task Force made it clear: Michigan's emergency manager law contributed to this public health disaster and should be changed.
  • David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment for the University at Albany in New York, explains what a Superfund site is and how winning that designation could help with the Pall-Gelman dioxane plume.
  • A bill to protect freedom of expression and of the press for Michigan student journalists at public schools and universities was unanimously passed out of a State Senate committee this week.
  • In September 1929 the ship Andaste disappeared beneath the stormy waters of Lake Michigan.
  • A task force appointed by Governor Snyder has laid most of the blame for the Flint water crisis on bad decisions by state departments like the Department of Environmental Quality. We speak with task force member Ken Sikkema.
  • Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U.
  • MSU education policy professor David Arsen weighs in on proposed legislation that could save Detroit Public Schools.
  • Former Holland Mayor Al McGeehan joins us to share a quick history of the city's heated streets and sidewalks.
  • When your child gets cancer, is a clinical trial the right choice for you?
  • 150 Flint residents took a long ride on buses to be at Congressional hearings on the Flint water debacle. We meet two of them.
  • Recently, dozens of crows were found dead. The birds were scattered along train tracks in Springfield, Michigan.
  • Gov. Rick Snyder testified today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington. We have more from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
  • Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes weighs in on the governor’s testimony.
  • His investigative journalism helped rip open the Flint water disaster.
  • There’s major bipartisan support for new bills that would open the governor and the Legislature to public information requests.
  • For Sunshine Week: Rodd Monts with the Michigan ACLU tells us more about the ACLU’s stance on body-worn cameras and recommendations.
  • As the nation's creative community focuses on SXSW in Texas for the next couple of days, they will get a chance to discover Michigan.
  • For Sunshine Week: Jane Briggs-Bunting of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government explains the importance of laws like the Freedom of Information Act.
  • March Madness is here: How will Michigan do as an underdog? Does MSU have enough to win a national title? Michigan Radio’s sport commentator John U.
  • Changing our clocks can be a nuisance, yet we put up with it twice a year when we "fall back" and "spring forward." No more, say some Michigan lawmakers. 
  • Today is the day of the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Regan. She will rest next to her husband at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
  • Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters has two big projects on his plate in an effort to strengthen protections for the Great Lakes and provide funding for the city of Flint in the wake of the water crisis.
  • The new emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools says time is running out for lawmakers to approve a bailout. Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reports.
  • University of Michigan medical historian Dr.
  • Unless you paid extra-close attention in high school government or civics classes, delegate counts can be confusing and hard to piece together. To help sort it out, we have Charlie Spies here with us.
  • He was a murderer at 18.
  • Flint Congressman Dan Kildee joined Stateside to share his thoughts on the debate between the two Democratic front-runners
  • The Big Ten Tournament gets underway in Indianapolis — something Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U.
  • The Republican presidential candidates debated in Detroit last night. U.S. Rep.
  • Looking ahead to tonight's GOP debate in Detroit, we talk with Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, Ken Sikkema, and Susan Demas, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.
  • A company called Plains All American Pipeline wants the State Department to update usage permits on their 98-year old pipes that run under the St Clair River.
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There's been an ever-increasing drumbeat of alarm over the more than 62-year-old Enbridge Line 5 running under the Straits of Mackinac carrying some half a million barrels of oil or liquid natural gas.

Well, if pipelines built in 1953 have you worried, how about pipelines built in 1918?

The owner of the 98-year old pipelines has asked the State Department to update usage permits on the pipes that run under the St. Clair River between Marysville and Sarnia, Ontario. 

  • Chef James Rigato is now a semifinalist for the prestigious award in the category of Best New Restaurant.
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There's a difference between making your business the best in the world and making it the best for the world.

Recognizing that difference is what has earned the Grand Rapids-based Essence Restaurant Group a B Corp certification.

This certification is what USDA Organic is to milk, or Fair Trade is to coffee. The designation goes to companies that show a commitment to sustainability and positive social impact in their communities. 

The Essence Restaurant Group has become the very first restaurant group in the country to earn the B Corp certification.

Mahir Osman

Muslims in Michigan face a dual challenge: They want to prove that they stand in solidarity with America against extremist groups like ISIS, and they want keep their young people safe from radical extremists.

Imam Yahya Luqman with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Mahir Osman with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Metro Detroit talked with Cynthia Canty of Stateside.  

  • As expected, Governor Snyder has appointed Steven Rhodes as the Detroit Public Schools’ emergency manager.
  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office released another 2,528 pages of emails regarding the Flint water crisis.
  • The Detroit Medical Center has developed a Zika virus hotline in Michigan for pregnant women.