Politics & Culture
5:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Stateside for Monday, April 7, 2014

House Republicans have come up with an annual $500 million solution to fixing Michigan's horrible damaged roads. Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press joins us to discuss the proposition. 

A Clinton Township man was senselessly beaten and robbed on Detroit's east side after stopping to help a 10-year-old boy who stepped into oncoming traffic. Steve Utash is now in a medically induced coma. Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press joins us to try and understand this crime. 

A neighborhood church in Metro Detroit has closed its doors about 91 years. St. Henry's parish numbers have fallen so low that the church is closing. Stateside's Kyle Norris grew up attending the church, and she joins us today to share her story.

Maple syrup is a huge part of Michigan's economy, but there are plenty of trees in the state with untapped potential. Why aren't more people making syrup? Author Michael Farrell joins us to answer that question. 

Now that spring is in the air, you may be planning your visit to Northern Michigan. However, many hospitality businesses like the Grand Hotel are experiencing a labor shortage which could put a halt to vacation plans and to much of the tourism economy up north. Ken Winter of Dome Magazine is here to explain what has caused this labor shortage.

Small business owners in Detroit could pave the way for the city to return to economic health. A major proportion of those small business owners are the Arab-American community, who interact with a largely African-American customer base. A recent editorial in The Arab American News published a recent editorial about customer-owner interactions.