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The concept of seeking sanctuary in a church is an ancient one. 

 

As the United States toughens its immigration stance though, people facing deportation are turning to churches for sanctuary. 

This year, Michigan Radio is trying something new.

Instead of sending a reporter in to tell stories about MorningSide, we’re inviting the MorningSide community to tell their own stories.

From family histories to local happenings, we want to highlight narratives that feel true and honest to the people who experience the neighborhood every day.

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
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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.

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.

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.

Photo on left by Kaity Fuja, others courtesy Kyla Carneiro

 


 

Kyla Carneiro, the Digital Communication Specialist for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, joined Stateside to tell us about the tribe's podcast, Yajmownen, which she hosts and produces.

Michigan Medicine receives largest financial gift ever

Mar 29, 2018
The University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michigan Medicine

The University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor has been gifted $150 million to boost research.

University regents are expected Thursday to approve renaming the facility the Rogel Cancer Center, after Richard and Susan Rogel.

The Rogels have committed a total of $150 million to the center during the university's Victors for Michigan campaign, including $40 million that was previously announced, according to the Michigan Record.

Andrew Kreszewski (left) and Rob Richmond (right) in front of a brick wall
Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

 

There are any number of custom design and fabrication companies, but Urban Ashes is different: It's the only one with the motto "reclaiming trees and lives."  

The Saline company makes a wide array of items for businesses and homes out of wood carefully salvaged from abandoned homes and businesses in the Detroit area.

 

That once-forgotten wood is then crafted by a once-forgotten workforce: ex-offenders and young people who are close to falling into that path that leads to jail or prison. 

Courtesy of Natasha T. Miller

 


 

Tomorrow, March 27, beginning at 7 p.m., the Detroit Institute of Arts will host a 14-hour, overnight event called "The Science of Grief.

Stateside 3.23.2018

Mar 23, 2018

Today on Stateside, a former Penn State public relations advisor explains how Michigan State University can rehabilitate its image after the Larry Nassar scandal. We also take a trip to an auto upholstery shop in Flint as part of our Artisans of Michigan series. And, because Michigan Radio's Mark Brush "took care of everyone," today we say thank you and goodbye.

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.

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The University of Michigan is teaming up with the city of Detroit to fight poverty and promote economic mobility.

The university’s Poverty Solutions program announced it will put up to $2 million into an effort to understand and promote the sources of upward mobility in the city.

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.

School shootings in the United States
Data: Everytown Research | Quartz / Atlas

A former police officer and SWAT team leader didn't believe traditional lockdown drills gave students the knowledge they needed to survive. So, he developed an active shooter training program called ALICE: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Over 4,000 school districts have had ALICE training.

Out of the limelight, Cindy Garcia keeps fighting for immigrant family reunification

Mar 13, 2018
Cindy Garcia
Georgi-Ann Bargamian / New Michigan Media

Cindy Garcia methodically sorts and folds #TeamGarcia fundraiser T-shirts in her Lincoln Park living room. The TV is on, the dog is barking, and her granddaughter is trying to get her attention.

It’s a typical Saturday for Garcia, wife of Jorge Garcia, who was deported to Mexico on Jan. 15. That’s the day Jorge Garcia became a Michigan flesh-and-blood symbol of the Trump Administration’s decision to make every undocumented individual in the United States subject to immediate removal.

Stateside 3.12.2018

Mar 12, 2018

Today on Stateside, we talk with Senator Gary Peters about net neutrality, guns in schools, and changes to the Dodd-Frank banking regulations. Plus, we'll talk with MLive reporter Garret Ellison about his story that shows MDEQ's cozy relationship with Wolverine Worldwide.

Stateside 3.8.2018

Mar 8, 2018

Today on Stateside, the unintended consequences of President Trump's planned tariffs on foreign metal. And, we talk with Jennifer Howard of the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association about how they can help families cope with a diagnosis that offers few, if any, options.

To find individual interviews, click here or see below:

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
Happy Dogs Legacy / Happy Dogs Legacy

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.

Courtesy of Vernita Joseph

 


 

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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