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Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan has decided there’s no further need to distribute bottled water to people in Flint. That free bottled water program began after tests revealed extremely high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.

But the state says lead levels in Flint haven’t exceeded government action levels for over two years, so it’s ending the water distribution program.

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Governor Snyder’s administration has announced that it will stop providing free water bottles to Flint residents. The state says lead levels in Flint drinking water have not exceeded government action levels for more than two years. So, it's ending the bottled water distribution program, though it says Flint residents can still receive free water filters.

Representative Dan Kildee, D-Flint, joined Stateside today to discuss how ending the water bottle program will affect the city’s residents, how Flint residents feel about the water crisis, and how trust in government can be restored in Flint.

Stateside 4.6.2018

Apr 7, 2018

Today on Stateside, we talk with our regular commentators about Nestle getting a new water withdrawal permit despite public opposition. and we talk to an artisan who tells us about the finer points of ice fishing rods.

Daniel Howes / Detroit News

President Donald Trump’s relationship with Detroit’s auto industry is complicated. Look at the past week.

On Monday, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency said that it would consider easing Obama-era fuel economy standards. For an industry selling more and more pickups and SUVs, that’s exactly what automakers, foreign and domestic, wanted to hear.

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit for Nestlé to increase pumping out water from 250 gallons a minute to 400 gallons at a facility in Osceola County. That approval came after overwhelming disapproval from citizens. The DEQ says it must follow the law when making permit decisions, which would seem to get rid of necessity of taking public comment.

Vicki Barnett, former Mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator, and Ken Sikkema, Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and the former Republican majority leader in state senate, joined Stateside to discuss how effective and desirable the DEQ and public comments are, how the legislature should treat water resources, and how the decision will affect the state’s farmers.

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

This week, a Michigan House inquiry about the handling of complaints over convicted sex offender and former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar completed its work. The information was turned over to the Attorney General’s office. Some of that information was released in a letter to House speaker Tom Leonard.

University of Wisconsin Press

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota were rich hunting grounds for a young man in the early part of the 20th century. He wasn’t hunting game. He was in search of lumberjack songs.

Stateside 4.5.2018

Apr 5, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn why soybean farmers are on the front line of the brewing trade war. And, Macomb County's Candice Miller says the DEQ's Nestle decision "cannot be allowed to stand."

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One of the key proposals in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address last month was a new busing system that would serve both district and charter schools. 

The announcement brought to mind Detroit's fraught history with school busing. The city's schools –  along with nearly every urban school system in the country – are still living with the legacy of the 1974 Supreme Court decision on busing in the case of Milliken v. Bradley.

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Now that the state has approved a permit for Nestle to remove more water from its Osceola County well, opposition is growing.

Among the critics: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner and former Republican congresswoman Candice Miller.

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It's the video that has exploded across the internet:

the band nessa
Nessa

Let’s talk about Celtic music. Nessa, a Southeast Michigan band, re-imagines the ballads and dance tunes of the old Celtic world, bringing in a wide range of musical styles.

The ensemble is led by Kelly McDermott, who plays the flute and sings. She joined Stateside to talk about her musical influences, Celtic fusion, and the release of her new EP, Travel Walk to Celtica, produced by Brian Bill.

rows of soybean crops
Courtesy of the Michigan Soybean Association

China is America's biggest soybean customer, to the tune of $14 billion last year. 

Michigan is a major soybean producer, which means farmers in the state are on the front line of this brewing trade war.

Detroit skyline with GM building
Pixabay.com

 


 

One month ago, President Trump tweeted, "Trade wars are good, and easy to win."

Stateside 4.4.2018

Apr 4, 2018

Today on Stateside, a geologist explains why Michigan's got such big underground reserves of potash. And, there's an important part of the national conversation about violence against women that hasn't gotten as much attention as it deserves. We discuss the role of men and boys in preventing domestic violence.

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There’s an important part of the national conversation about violence against women that hasn’t received as much attention as it deserves: the role of men and boys in preventing domestic violence.

Nicole Beverly
Stateside Staff / Michigan Radio

The torrent of death threats made an impression on the Washtenaw County jury because on Tuesday, that jury convicted Kevin Beverly of felonies for extorting and intimidating his ex-wife, Nicole.

Nicole Beverly first spoke with Stateside last summer. On Stateside, we heard her story of years of terrifying abuse, stalking, and threats from her ex, Kevin – including threats made while he was in prison, serving a five year sentence on a 2012 conviction for stalking Nicole.

Courtesy of Safia Hattab

Hope College is a small, private liberal arts college near Holland, in West Michigan.

It was founded in 1862 in partnership with the Reformed Church in America, so its Christian identity is central.

Safia Hattab, a freshman at Hope studying English and computer science, brings a different perspective to the school of over 3,300 students: she’s Muslim. Hattab turned her experience of being Muslim in West Michigan into an award-winning essay titled “Through the Dome.”

The branded label on the front of a snow motor
California Agricultural Museum

 

This winter driving season has created many white-knuckled moments throughout our state.  

If you find yourself thinking, “There’s got to be a better way to get around in the snow,” then you wouldn’t be the first. 

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is now considering a proposal that could put Michigan in the forefront of potash mining. 

Stateside 4.3.2018

Apr 3, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn nearly 20% of Michigan third-graders have been subject of maltreatment investigations. And, we discuss a state project aiming to combat the rising suicide rate in men.

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Minding Michigan is Stateside’s ongoing series exploring mental health and wellness issues in our state. Today, the focus turns to suicide.

One person in Michigan dies by suicide around every six hours, and according to the CDC, men are four times more likely to die by suicide.

The state is making a concerted effort to reach out to men through a project called Healthy Men Michigan. The goal is to promote mental wellness among men in our state aged 25-64.

Whether teachers get their $550 million back from the state depends on the Supreme Court's decision.
Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio

If a third-grader scores poorly on standardized math and reading tests, there may be more to the problem than just the school. That's according to an eye-opening new study

The study found that students who have likely suffered abuse and neglect will then struggle in school.

The Bootstrap Boys

John Sinkevics, editor and publisher of LocalSpins.com, joined Stateside today to bring us the latest from West Michigan’s music scene.

This month he brings us music from two Grand Rapids bands — The Crane Wives and The Bootstrap Boys — that submitted videos to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. He also discusses the new release from Grand Rapids based group Chain of Lakes.

Got Privilege?
White Privilege Conference

The focus will be on race and privilege as hundreds of people gather in Grand Rapids for the 19th Annual White Privilege Conference from April 4 to April 7.

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The miracle Michigan hoped for didn't happen. The Wolverines fell to Villanova last night in San Antonio, and Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon was right there to see it in the Alamo Dome.

A packed public comments hearing on the recent Nestle permit.
Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

The Department of Environmental Quality has approved a permit for Nestlé Waters North America to boost the amount of groundwater it pumps from its well in Osceola County, near Evart.

Nestlé is now pumping up to 250 gallons per minute from that Evart well – water that is bottled under its Ice Mountain label.

The new permit allows it to pump up to 400 gallons a minute.

Stateside 4.2.2018

Apr 2, 2018

Today on Stateside, Michigan Radio's sports commentator previews tonight's big game, when the Wolverines will look to take down the heavily favored Wildcats for their first NCAA title since 1989. Also today, a former student reacts to the criminal charges against former MSU Dean Strampel.

Dean William Strampel
Michigan State University

The scandal surrounding Michigan State University deepened last week with the arrest of the former dean of its College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Strampel.

Strampel was arraigned last week on charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, counts of misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty related to his failure to supervise sports doctor Larry Nassar, and accusations by four women of sexual harassment.

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This is the time of year when For Sale signs start popping up with the spring crocuses and tulips. But the home-buying season might be a challenge this year in Grand Rapids, despite high home prices.

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