suburbs en This week in Michigan politics: Common Core hearings, suburbs weigh in on DIA, Flint's master plan <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the upcoming hearings on Common Core, the suburban reaction to the possible sale of DIA art, and Flint's new Master Plan.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:02:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13977 at This week in Michigan politics: Common Core hearings, suburbs weigh in on DIA, Flint's master plan Where poverty lives in Michigan <p>When one thinks of poverty in America, or in Michigan, what image comes to mind? Where are poor people living?</p><p>Chances are, an image of an inner-city neighborhood flashes in your mind.</p><p>Well, that would be wrong.</p><p>The Brookings Institute this week released its study called "<a href="">Confronting Suburban Poverty in America</a>."</p><p>Bottom line: poverty is moving into the suburbs.</p><p>Both here in Michigan and across the country, the suburbs are home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country.</p><p>Scott Allard is an associate professor at the University of Chicago and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.</p><p>He joined us in the studio to talk about what this study means in terms of how we think about poverty in our state.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:43:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 12686 at Where poverty lives in Michigan Skating for the gold in East Lansing <p>Hundreds of the nation&rsquo;s best teenage figure skaters are in East Lansing this week&nbsp;competing in the <a href=";type=media">U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.</a> Organizers say the&nbsp;Lansing area economy is among the winners.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On the ice,&nbsp;figure skaters glide through their routines to strains of classical music.&nbsp; But it&rsquo;s the hundreds of skaters, their coaches and families who are music to the ears of East Lansing businesses.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:51:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5379 at Skating for the gold in East Lansing Macomb County officials avert drinking water monitoring system shutdown – for now <p>It looks like a system that monitors drinking water for at least three million people in southeast Michigan will stay online for another year.</p><p>The monitoring system gives early alerts if chemical spills are detected&mdash;so it keeps contaminants out of the drinking water system.</p><p>The system was in danger of shutting down when federal and state dollars ran out. But officials from Macomb and St. Clair counties have each come up with enough money to keep the system going for another year.</p><p>But policymakers are still searching for a long-term solution.</p><p>Macomb County Commission Chair Kathy Vosburg says a long-term fix will likely mean a small consumer fee.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Consumers are very willing to pay for that, it comes out to be something like 50 cents to a dollar per household per year.&rdquo;</em></p><p>But implementing that would take cooperation from the many different cities that send out water bills--and the city of Detroit, which owns and operates the whole drinking water system.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:08:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4650 at The future of southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 2) <p>Detroit&rsquo;s water department has been under federal oversight for almost 35 years. Recently, the city tried to get that oversight lifted. But the federal judge who monitors the department shot that effort down, and he ordered stakeholders to find a way to fix the system&rsquo;s decades-long problems--within two months. Some people wonder about that short timeline&mdash;and whether some of the Judge&rsquo;s suggestions hint at a possible takeover.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:09:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4227 at The future of southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 2) The future of Southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 1) <p>If you live in southeast Michigan, chances are you get your water through Detroit&rsquo;s municipal water system.</p><p>Detroit owns and operates the system that serves more than three million people. That&rsquo;s long been a major source of tension between the city and suburban communities.</p><p>Some recent events have pushed questions about system&rsquo;s long-term future into sharper focus. And it&rsquo;s shaping up to be a battle.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:35:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4163 at The future of Southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 1)