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State school superintendent Brian Whiston recently announced he's going on medical leave after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Whiston believes he has put the programs in place to reverse the downward spiral of student scores, and he also has a plea aimed at state lawmakers.

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Macy's has rolled out a new fashion line called Verona.

It’s aimed at Muslim women who want Western-style clothing and hijabs, or headscarves. Founder of the Verona Collection is Lisa Vogl, a fashion photographer who grew up in East Lansing. She converted to Islam in 2011.

Michigan Central Station in Detroit
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As Ford talks of buying Michigan Central Station, residents in the surrounding neighborhood might be the ones seeing the most impact.

Stateside 3.21.2018

Mar 21, 2018

Today on Stateside, an Anishinaabe teen previews the plea to protect water she'll deliver to the UN General Assembly tomorrow. And, a maple syrup producer explains he's yearning for chilly nights and warm days.

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Imagine going to the dentist and needing a filling, but there’s nothing to numb you up. There’s no novocaine. Just drilling.

Thankfully, we have local anesthesia for dental work and eye surgery. For that, we can thank a man who died 74 years ago today.

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Tomorrow is World Water Day, and the beginning of the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.

That’s also the day a very special speaker will stand before the world leaders of the UN General Assembly, delivering a plea to protect the water.

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Get a group of Michiganders together, add a deck of cards, and chances are pretty good you'll wind up with a game of euchre.

It was once dubbed "the queen of all card-games" and was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But its popularity waned through the 20th century. That is, except in Michigan and a handful of Midwestern states, nicknamed the “Euchre Belt.”

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As winter bows out and spring steps in, it becomes maple syrup season.

Kirk Hedding, who owns H & H Sugarbush in Chelsea with his wife Michelle, joined Stateside to discuss how the 2018 season has been shaping up, what the ideal conditions for maple syrup production are, and whether he’s worried that climate change will interrupt his business.

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Carl Wilson

It's funny how the smallest details about someone we love can stay with us.

For example: a scent. Any whiff of Shalimar instantly makes host Cynthia Canty think of her great-Aunt Verne because it was her signature perfume.

For artist Carl Wilson, it's the memory of the chewing gum his mother always had in her purse — and that led to the title for his first solo museum exhibition.

Stateside 3.20.2018

Mar 20, 2018

Today on Stateside, the first known pedestrian death from a self-driving vehicle: what does this mean to the autonomous vehicle testing and technology? Plus, May Erlewine talks about her latest album, Mother Lion.

Uber self driving vehicle in Pittsburgh.
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The inevitable has happened. On Sunday, a self-driving car operated by Uber in Tempe, Arizona, struck and killed a woman as she walked her bike across an intersection. The car was in self-driving mode with a human backup driver.

In response to the accident, Uber suspended all road-testing of its autonomous vehicles in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto.

But what consequences could this accident have on the emerging technology that could be a huge part of Michigan's future economy?

Stateside 3.19.2018

Mar 19, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn how the Michigan Department of Transportation decides which roads to fix first. And, a Detroit designer says she aims to increase the number of black women architects. (Right now, only .3% of architects are black women.)

Potholes on a road in Ann Arbor.
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This week, Governor Snyder is expected to sign a bill sending an extra $175 million in one-time funds to our state and local roads. That money supplements $2.3 billion in ongoing funds this year. 

Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, joined Stateside again to answer one more MI Curious question about Michigan's roads. 

Tiffany Brown with two other women
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There’s so much renovation and new development happening in Detroit. But how many of the people designing these spaces are the people who will end up using them?

That’s the question that drives Tiffany Brown.

She is an architectural designer who won a 2017 Knight Arts Challenge grant for her idea to bring more black girls and women into the field of architecture and urban planning. Her winning project is called 400 Forward.

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There are nearly 13,000 children in foster care in Michigan, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Across the country, there are around 400,000 kids in foster care on any given day.

But what we don’t know for sure is how many children have been “lost” in foster care.

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In the early 1980s, Larry Bell worked at Sarkozy Bakery in Kalamazoo. There he became interested in grains and yeast, and began experimenting with beers in his basement.

“My home brewing was getting a little out of control,” Bell said.

Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery, pioneered Michigan’s reputation for making some of the nation’s boldest brews.

Stateside 3.16.2018

Mar 16, 2018

"Children should not have a price tag on them," a survivor of the Larry Nassar scandal says to opponents of the sexual assault bills passed by the Michigan Senate this week. Also today, we say, "Cheers, and Happy Saint Patrick's Day" to you with a cocktail recipe.

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What kind of conveniences do you want in your future car? We're talking more than Bluetooth connection, or climate control, or even an autonomous car. How about a water dispenser that you don’t have to fill?

How would that work?

We’re glad you asked, because one of the inventors of a prototype, patent pending, of the On-the-Go H2O joined Stateside today. His name is Doug Martin and he’s a Powertrain Controls Engineer for Ford.

Larissa Boyce testifies in Ingham County courtroom at Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing.
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This week the Michigan Senate passed a package of bills that would, among other things, limit claims of immunity from civil suits for government entities, including public universities; extend the statute of limitations for when a victim can file a sexual assault complaint; and strengthen mandatory reporting laws.

Charlotte Finnegan, an MI Curious question asker

It’s pothole season in Michigan, that time of year when drivers really notice the state’s crumbling roads, too often paying the cost in vehicle repairs. Meanwhile, crews are busy patching potholes, but many streets and roads need a lot more than a patch.

Dan Gilmartin is the CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League, which represents cities and villages in the state, got a chance to talk to a U.S. Senate committee about the state of the roads in Michigan.

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It seems more and more that the phrase “fake news” is being used against any reputable news report that doesn’t conform with someone’s distorted notion of what is true.

But, that does not mean “fake news” is not a real and threatening problem. These past few months, we’ve learned of Russian outlets that used social media to spread memes that United States citizens at opposite ends of the political spectrum gleefully reposted because it fit the narrative of their echo-chamber beliefs.

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The Michigan legislature is considering retroactively extending the statute of limitations of sexual assault of minors. It's part of a package of bills designed to make it easier for sexual assault victims to bring complaints forward.

This comes as a response to the Larry Nassar case. He's the former doctor who sexually assaulted young athletes at Michigan State University and other places.

Stateside 3.15.2018

Mar 15, 2018

Milk is crazy cheap right now, and today on Stateside, we learn how dairy farmers are suffering for it. Also today, we discuss ways to overcome stigma around mental illness in the black community.

A DDOT bus in Detroit.
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As the old saying goes: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

That applied today as Wayne County Executive Warren Evans went to the Regional Transit Authority board to offer a revised regional transit plan.

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Michigan's dairy cows are doing their job like rock stars. 

 

They're pumping out milk — so much milk, in fact, that Michigan is among the top milk-producing states in the country. 

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Growing up in Alabama and Kalamazoo, Calvin Greene always felt different. He thought his hyperactivity couldn't simply be a product of an energetic personality. But it wouldn’t be until after he was awarded parole in his mid-twenties, though, that he would receive a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Bipolar Disorder.

But Greene’s treatment process would come with unique challenges due to the stigma attached to issues of mental health within the African-American community.  

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When a child who has grown up speaking Spanish comes to school, that student is going to be sitting in English-only classrooms, being mainstreamed into the English language and culture.

How does this English-all-the-time approach affect those students?

Kayla Ford
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All across the country, students and some teachers stood up at 10 a.m., walked out of their classrooms, and spent the next 17 minutes honoring the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

Many schools in Michigan took part in this national school walkout, demanding action from lawmakers on school safety and guns.

Stateside 3.14.2018

Mar 14, 2018

Today on Stateside, Michigan high school students reflect on this morning's National School Walkout, during which they demanded action from lawmakers on school safety and guns. Also today, a trans opera singer talks about the risky decision he made to follow his dreams.

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Hazel Forrest died last week at the age of 106.

According to The Chronicle Herald out of Nova Scotia, she was one of the last known survivors of the Halifax Explosion, which occurred when two ships, one loaded TNT and other explosives, collided in Halifax Harbour in 1917. It was the biggest man-made blast prior to the atomic bomb. 

Some 2,000 people were killed and many thousands more were injured. Yet, this cataclysmic event is largely forgotten, at least on the U.S. side of our border with Canada.

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