Stateside Staff

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About 10 years ago, when the occupationally snooty world of wine was introduced to the radical idea of putting screw caps on bottles of fine wine, the reaction in some quarters was utter horror.

Until then, the only wines with screw caps to be found anywhere were hip pocket-sized bottles of reinforced wines called Night Train and White Lightening.

In 2004, a study found more than half of American consumers and 60% of British wine drinkers the idea of screw caps on their fine wine.

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Peaceful protests continued through the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, after an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer Friday night.

It's the latest conflict between police and the communities they protect.

Today on Stateside:


On Election Day in 2008, Michigan voters said yes to medical marijuana. The vote came despite federal laws banning the sale and consumption of pot.

Since then, local ordinances and court rulings have created a patchwork of rules on the medical marijuana front. Following a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court ruling, patients remain protected as consumers even though sellers no longer have a clear-cut legal protection to sell.

And since 2011, there’s been a drop in the number of patients receiving medical marijuana ID cards.


Studying archeology gives us a chance to open windows into the lives and beliefs of civilizations that have come before us.

We seem to have an endless fascination with Ancient Egypt. So it’s worth noting that we've got a chance to see Egyptian artifacts discovered in the 1920s and 1930s – objects the public has never had the chance to see before.

The University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archeology is putting on an exhibition, called Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt.

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Governor Rick Snyder was at the Michigan Radio studios earlier today for a special call-in program, taking your questions. The show was hosted by Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is also the co-host along with Zoe Clark of It's Just Politics.


“We all had white bellies and brown arms. We never took off our shirts because we never went to the beach anywhere, despite being residents of the Great Lakes state.”

That’s an excerpt from writer Jim Ray Daniels' collection of short stores set in Warren, Eight Mile High. The collection is on the Library of Michigan’s 2015 Notable Books List and is Daniels’ fifth collection of short stories, though he has also won many prizes and fellowships for his poetry.

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One way to prevent accidents might come from redesigning road signs. 

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Toyota is making changes to its top staff, with more North Americans rising in the ranks.

"For the first time they are elevating some Americans to some very key positions," says Daniel Howes, who recently wrote an article about the changes for the Detroit News.

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The 34th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival will take place this Saturday at Washtenaw Community College.

Veteran shipwreck hunter David Trotter will be speaking at the event about the sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell in November 1966, and his discovery of the boat in 1979. He calls Trotter one of the state's major shipwrecks.

John Beilein (left) and Tom Izzo (right).
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We're a little more than a week away from Selection Sunday, when we find out which NCAA teams will be competing in the March Madness tournament.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says Michigan State will almost certainly make it to the tournament, with a relatively low seed.

Today on Stateside:

  • U.S. Sen. Gary Peters discusses working with members from across the aisle on the two bills he has co-signed.
  • Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes tells us about his recent column on Toyota’s inclusion of more North Americans in high-level positions.
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Proposal 1 is the road funding proposal that will be up for a vote on May 5th. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has long expressed their support for a road funding solution, but they are staying neutral on the proposal.

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When he was elected to the U.S. Senate, Gary Peters promised to approach his job in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation. He says that's exactly what's behind the first two bills he has introduced in the Senate.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the confrontation between civil rights marchers and Alabama State Troopers known as Bloody Sunday.

Retired teacher and librarian with Detroit Public Schools Gloria Mills has organized a bus trip to Selma for this weekend's commemoration.

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One of the greatest skyscrapers in Detroit is on the auction block.

The Fisher Building and its next-door neighbor, The Albert Kahn Building, have fallen into foreclosure as they struggle with fewer and fewer tenants.

Dan Austin is with the Detroit Free Press, and he runs

  Today on Stateside:

  • More on a bill that would require cell phone carriers in Michigan to release location information to police in the event of an emergency.
  • The Fisher Building in Detroit is on the auction block.
  • The ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior.
  • A new book from Andrew Hoffman, How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
  • Why a teen crisis hotline is communicating by text only.
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The idea of a teen crisis line isn't new.

But think about it: When's the last time you've seen a teenager pick up a phone, dial a number and call someone?

The average teen sends some 2,000 text messages a month.

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The bill, if passed, would require cell phone carriers in Michigan to release location information to police in the event of an emergency.

In short, according to this House Fiscal Agency analysis, the bill does this:

The scientific community largely agrees climate change is taking place. Yet the public debate over climate change is often polarizing.

Andrew Hoffman wanted to explore just what causes people to accept or reject the scientific consensus on climate change. The result is his new book How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate.

Hoffman is the Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He is also a Professor of Sustainable Enterprise.

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Before the ice melts, let's take time to celebrate one of winter's great gifts: the sea caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Eighteen miles west of Bayfield, Wisconsin is where you can find the island chain in Lake Superior. The islands and the ice have created a breathtaking natural art gallery.

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If you are a 17-year-old and you break a law here in Michigan, you’re going to be tried as an adult.

Michigan is one of nine states that tries 17-year-olds as adults.

Today on Stateside:

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his much anticipated speech to Congress today.
  • LaughFest 2015 begins Thursday in Grand Rapids. Teresa Thome talks about her upcoming performance.
  • A Michigan State University professor is using “ambigram” designs to explore creative ways of thinking.
  • There are hundreds of kids aged 13 to 17 in Michigan's adult prisons. What's happening inside those prison walls?
Punya Mishra

A Michigan State University professor is using ambigrams to explore creative ways of thinking and playing. "Ambigram is a way of writing words so they can be read in many ways." 

Punya Mishra is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. His designs are being displayed at the MSU Museum. The exhibition is called “Deep-Play: Creativity in Math and Art through Visual Wordplay.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Congress.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his much anticipated speech to Congress today. He made his case against a potential nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran by major powers, including the United States.

Watch the speech here.

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Gilda’s LaughFest 2015 kicks off in Grand Rapids this Thursday (March 5).

The 10-day comedic festival will feature stand-up, comedy films, improv, comedy showcases and more all over West Michigan.

The festival was started by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a survivor support group named after the late comic Gilda Radner.

You can see a full list of the events and venues here.

Today on Stateside:

  • As the debate over gun rights and regulations continues across the country, Michigan is seeing a surge in women with concealed pistol licenses.
  • The city of Battle Creek was in the CBS spotlight last night. Battle Creek police chief Jim Blocker joined us to talk about the new TV show Battle Creek.
  • Writer & publisher Bill Haney has crossed paths with some fascinating Michiganders. He writes about them in his new book, What They Were Thinking: Reflections of Michigan Difference-Makers.
  • Can Detroit be a "Design Mecca?" Michigan has a higher concentration of industrial designers than any other state.
  • Men are vanishing from the workplaces of America and certainly here in Michigan. That group of men aged 25-to-54 who are not working has more than tripled since the last 1960s.


Men are vanishing from the workplaces of America, and Michigan workplaces are a prime example.

The group of unemployed men between the ages of 25 and 54 has more than tripled nationwide since the 1960s. A recent piece in the New York Times explored the lives of these "prime-age" men who are vanishing from the workforce. 

Of those men, 16% are now unemployed. But in Michigan, that number is much higher.

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The city of Battle Creek was in the CBS spotlight last night.

The network premiered its new police "dramedy" from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

"Battle Creek" focuses on a pair of very  mismatched law enforcement officers: FBI agent Milt Chamberlain, played by Josh Duhamel, and Battle Creek detective Russ Agnew, played by Dean Winters.

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As the debate over gun rights and regulations sways back and forth in the media and legislatures across the country, Michigan is seeing a surge in women with concealed pistol licenses.

In 2010, some 10,000 women in Michigan had the permits. Today, that number is over 25,000.

Gratiot and Muskegon counties saw increases of more than 400 percent, according to The Detroit News.