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Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

The rise in student activism and interest in politics is being felt across the nation. We've seen it, of course, with the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

One example here in Michigan is a debate this coming Sunday among the Democrats running for governor. It's being held at Bloomfield Hills High School and it's put on by a student-founded and student-run non-profit group called Engage 18.

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Stateside host Cynthia Canty was scrolling through her Twitter feed when a tweet jumped out at her. It had a photo of a big orange tabby cat wearing a Smokey-the-Bear-style police hat and some traffic-cop-style mirrored sunglasses.

Pet Oxygen Masks for BC Firehalls Fund
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The Detroit Fire Department is the proud new owner of more than 800 pet oxygen masks.

The announcement was made Thursday by Patti Kukula, the executive director of  the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, which facilitates donations from the community on behalf of the city's police and fire departments.

Kukula and fire officials say the donated masks are crucial to saving dogs and cats from fires.

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Jolly Pumpkin Dexter
2319 Bishop Circle East,
Dexter, Michigan 48130
Host: Joe Linstroth

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When a young person commits a crime, one common response is to blame video games, especially violent video games, for the criminal act.

The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was no exception. On Thursday, President Trump will convene a meeting with video game industry leaders at the White House. The meeting will focus on whether violent video games contribute to real-world violence in our country.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a public charity created by and for the people of Genesee County. Isaiah Oliver is the youngest-ever president and CEO of the foundation. He is also the first Flint native and first African-American to lead the group.

Stateside 3.1.2018

Mar 1, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn how Samaritas helped resettle 1,400 refugees in 2016. This year, it expects to help 100. Also today, we hear how road that fix themselves may someday become a reality.

The non-profit agency Samaritas is the largest resettler of refugees in Michigan.
Courtesy of Samaritas

In 2016, the refugee resettlement agency Samaritas helped some 1,400 refugees find new homes and new lives in Michigan.

This year, they expect to receive 100 refugees. That drop has meant big changes for refugee resettlement agencies all around Michigan.

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First came Hurricane Irma, smashing through the Caribbean last Sept. 6. Ten days later, there was even more devastation from Hurricane Maria

 

Lives were lost, and the damage to homes and businesses was immense. 

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The southwestern Michigan city of Saugatuck has decided to cut ties with the combined Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department after a two decade partnership.

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There is a child care shortage. That’s not going to be a surprise to many families, especially those in rural areas.

In a recent Dome Magazine article, Ken Winter outlined the problem in northern Michigan. It’s bad enough that the chambers of commerce in the region are making it a priority issue.

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Detroit police officer who died after his unmarked patrol car crashed on the city's southwest side.

 The flags will be lowered Tuesday for Darren Weathers on all state buildings and within the Capitol complex. State residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations can follow suit.

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After 17 students were killed in a Florida school last week, some high school students in Kalamazoo decided they needed to do something.

Under the banner of “Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won’t,” eight students drafted a petition and put it up on Change.org, a popular petition website.

Stateside 2.16.2018

Feb 16, 2018

Today on Stateside, a reporter explains how race is still a factor in whether you're approved or denied a conventional mortgage. And, we learn how to judge whether or not a business benefits the community.

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Fifty years ago, the practice of barring people from buying houses in certain neighborhoods or declining home loans because of race or ethnicity became unlawful.

But a new investigation finds it’s still happening.

The University of Michigan will receive a $4.3 million gift that will, in part, help to support an education partnership involving schools in West Michigan.

The gift announced this week from Grand Rapids business and community leaders Mike and Sue Jandernoa will benefit the School of Education's TeachingWorks organization, establish a needs-based scholarship at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and expand Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy fellowships.

More Washtenaw congregations join sanctuary movement

Feb 14, 2018
Virginia Gordan / Michigan Radio

There are now eight congregations in Washtenaw County committed to providing or supporting sanctuary for immigrants and refugees threatened with detention or deportation.

That's up from three last August, according to Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary, an interfaith coalition of Washtenaw County faith communities whose leaders gathered today to condemn U.S. immigration policy and to fight deportations.

According to WCS representatives, the  eight Washtenaw congregations are part of a growing movement of sanctuary faith communities currently estimated at 800 nationwide.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The Board of Trustees at Michigan State University knows exactly where they stand with the Faculty Senate.

By a vote of 61-4 yesterday, the Faculty Senate approved a vote of no-confidence in the Board.

Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

What do we do about the "DREAMers," the hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to this country illegally as children by their guardians or parents?

The answer to this question still eludes Congress, despite two brief government shutdowns that happened in large part over legislators' inability to agree on a solution.

Macomb County awarded site for new Great Lakes Nature Center

Feb 13, 2018
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The Detroit Zoological Society announced Tuesday that waterfront locations are being considered in Macomb County along Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River for a new Great Lakes Nature Center.

The center will be focus on the water and wildlife of the Great Lakes, including fish, habitats for "native amphibians, reptiles, turtles, small mammals, shorebirds and birds of prey", and a butterfly garden. 

Founder of Art Van Furniture dies at 87

Feb 13, 2018
Art Van Elslander portrait
Art Van Furniture

The founder of Michigan-based Art Van Furniture retail chain, Archie A. Van Eslander, passed away Monday at the age of 87 from complications related to lung cancer.

A native of Detroit, Van Elslander was the son of a Belgian immigrant. He started peddling papers and working in his father’s bar as a young boy. At age 14, he discovered his love of fashion when he took a job working at a local menswear store, the company said.

EMMA WINOWIECKI / Michigan Radio

A skillful mining of data can give you a pretty good snapshot of how groups of people are faring -- for better or for worse.

Sarah Szurpicki wanted to find out how Michigan women are faring in education, health, and the economy.

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As part of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Celebration, the University of Michigan Library brought StoryCorps to campus last fall to capture personal stories of those who make up the university’s rich history.

One of the conversations featured Karen Downing, a University of Michigan librarian. She sat down with her father, Harold Johnson, to talk about what it was like for him to make history as the first black dean at the University of Michigan.

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The Great Migration was one of the most significant population shifts of the 20th century. In the 1930s and 1940s, African-Americans migrated out of the South and settled throughout the United States.

Now, a University of Michigan study shows that the Great Migration helped the next generation, the children of those men and women who left the South.

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​The entire Michigan State University community is carefully watching what happens in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

That includes parents who are alums and have children who are currently attending MSU.

Ann Gallagher, an ’87 graduate and Co-President of the Calhoun County Spartans’ Alumni Club, and Jim Cain, an ’89 graduate from the Journalism School, joined Stateside to discuss their concerns about how MSU has handled the scandal. Both have children currently attending MSU.

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - A Polish-born doctor who legally came to the U.S. as a child is expected to be released from a Michigan jail following his arrest by immigration agents over misdemeanor convictions 25 years ago.

 WWMT-TV reports Lukasz Niec could be released Thursday from jail in Battle Creek. Bond was set at $10,000 during a hearing Wednesday.

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The Michigan Department of Corrections announced that a prison in Muskegon Heights will close in March.

Nearly 175 people work at the West Shoreline Correctional Facility. The Michigan Department of Corrections says it plans to do what it can to ensure that all employees have a job when the prison closes.

The main reason for the closure is because the state’s prison population is down, according to The Michigan Department of Corrections.

Chris Gautz, a spokesperson for MDOC said the closure shows the state’s correctional system is working.

Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick and Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

It's been a tumultuous week in East Lansing, home of the Spartans.

President Lou Anna Simon resigned on Wednesday, and Athletic Director Mark Hollis stepped down Friday, in response to mounting rage over the school's handling of Larry Nassar.

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On Monday this week, while our nation celebrated the life and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., immigration officials were actively deporting a family man from Lincoln Park, Michigan.

Jorge Garcia came to America 30 years ago when he was a 10 year-old boy, brought by undocumented family members. He built his life here: a wife and two teenage children (all US citizens), a home, a career as a landscaper, and a law-abiding, tax-paying member of the community.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) announced that she has invited Cindy Garcia of Lincoln Park, MI to be her guest at the 2018 State of the Union in Washington, DC. Ms. Garcia is the wife of Jorge Garcia, the 39-year-old father of two who was recently deported to Mexico this week after living in the United States for 30 years.

Congresswoman Dingell spoke directly to ICE officials at the Detroit Field Office to obtain an extension for Mr. Garcia, which allowed him to stay in the country through the holidays until January 15. 

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