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President Trump's first State of the Union speech touched on Detroit’s auto industry. The president said that he “halted government mandates,” and his actions would “get the Motor City revving its engines once again.”

Daniel Howes, business columnist for The Detroit News, joined Stateside to talk about the truth of these claims and the landscape of the U.S. auto industry.  

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President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address last night. He made references to the auto industry in Michigan and took credit for some jobs moving to the region.

Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss the parts of the speech relevant to Michigan residents.

Stateside 1.30.2018

Jan 30, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn how to see tomorrow morning's lunar trifecta, the super blue blood moon. And, we discuss how deep Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation into MSU will go. Also today, we hear why telemedicine could be an effective weapon in the war on opioid addiction in rural Michigan.

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Hudsonville entrepreneur Zach Booker will be at the U.S. Capitol tonight when President Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech. Booker is a fourth-generation barber and the guest of Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga. He joined Stateside from Washington D.C.

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Dr. Abdul El-Sayed wants to become Michigan's next governor. The Democrat's bid has attracted attention from around the world.

The British newspaper The Guardian has dubbed him "the next Obama."  And recent polling shows El-Sayed is the strongest competitor to Gretchen Whitmer for the slot of Democratic front-runner.

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A group pushing to repeal Michigan's law that requires higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects wants the state to certify its petitions without pulling a larger sample to review.

A ballot committee backed by the non-union Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (Protecting Michigan Taxpayers) says it turned in more than 380,000 signatures for the veto-proof legislation. At least 252,523 valid signatures must be valid for citizen-initiated bills.

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Governor Rick Snyder wants to increase the cost of dumping waste in the state’s landfills. This is part of the governor’s proposal to improve Michigan’s environment.

Snyder proposal calls for a hike in the current landfill dumping fee from 36 cents per ton to $4.75 per ton.

“One of the things that Michigan is a great value at, that we’re one of the most attractive places in the world, is to dump your trash,” Snyder said during a speech announcing the plan. “That’s not a contest I’m aspiring to win.”

Stateside 1.29.2018

Jan 29, 2018

Today on Stateside, a former MSU sexual assault counselor says she never had a seat at the table. And, Michigan Radio's sports commentator says MSU's Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio need to be ready for some tough (and necessary) questions. Also today, we hear from a Michigan firm that has no supervisors, and whose employees set their own schedules.

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When President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union speech tomorrow night, the wife of a man the Trump administration deported will be in the audience.

Cindy Garcia will be the guest of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Rep. Dingell has been working to reunite Jorge Garcia with his family. He was deported to Mexico in mid-January.

Cindy and Jorge Garcia joined Stateside to discuss Cindy's life with her husband in the United States, and how she feels about the president’s immigration policies.

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Governor Rick Snyder kicked off his week of daily announcements Monday with a focus on broadband internet access. During the State of the State, Snyder said he would make a new announcement about infrastructure and the environment every day this week.

The Larry Nassar trials are over and the final round of sentencing hearings begin this week in Eaton County. More and more attention now is turning to East Lansing and how the top echelons at Michigan State University allowed an environment for this abuse to happen and continue.

And because the MSU Board of Trustees is elected statewide, the university’s handling of the situation is going to be a political issue in the 2018 elections.

Larry Nassar listens to Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina hand down his sentence of 175 years in prison.
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This week, former Michigan State University sports Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. Two top MSU officials have since resigned, and investigations into the school are stacking up.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what could be just the beginning of MSU's troubles.


Stateside 1.26.2018

Jan 26, 2018

Today on Stateside, a Republican member of California's redistricting commission says it's a "clear success." We also discuss the perks of former MSU President Simon's contract, and hear an author explain why tremendous beer is now part of Michigan's soul.

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Gerrymandering, the drawing of a political district map to specifically give advantage to an incumbent, or to a political party, is an issue across the nation. It’s a way of watering down the will of the voters by drawing irregular lines on the map to pack the voters you don’t want into one district, while leaving another district easily won by your party.

In Michigan, that’s resulted in a disproportionate number of Republican legislators and members of Congress, compared to how the state votes.

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It’s been an interesting week in Michigan.

On Wednesday, Michigan’s House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign in the wake of 156 victim impact statements made at Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing. (Simon resigned on Wednesday night.) Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, additionally called for members of the Board of Trustees to resign.

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Think of that moment when you have to make a 911 call. It's a crisis – often life-and-death. And that 911 call is likely going through a system that's nearly a half-century old.

Senate Bill 400 is now before the State House. It aims to modernize Michigan’s 911 system.

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Michigan’s hopes of hosting Amazon’s second headquarters crashed into pieces when Detroit failed to make the list of 20 finalists.

 

It’s a sign that there’s a lot of work to do to burnish Michigan’s business image across the country and around the world.

Ded and Flora Rranxburgaj's younger son, Eric, speaks on his father's behalf outside ICE offices in Detroit Wednesday.
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Supporters of a Metro Detroit man scheduled for deportation this week rallied on his behalf outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Detroit on Wednesday.

With his deportation imminent, Ded Rranxburgaj and his family sought sanctuary in a Detroit church last week.

Rranxburgaj entered the U.S. illegally in 2001 and has faced deportation orders before. The government granted him stays because his wife, Flora, is seriously ill with multiple sclerosis.

The four Democrats hoping to be next elected Governor of Michigan. (Left to right) businessman Shri Thanedar, Former Detroit Health Department Director Abdul El-Sayed, former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer (standing) and former Xerox executive and Detroi
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The four Democrats vying to be Michigan’s next governor each in some way supported increasing state investment in infrastructure and job training programs, and generally embraced policy positions friendly to the crowd of labor union officials and rank-and-file members at a town hall Wednesday afternoon in Warren.

Former state lawmaker and Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer said in order to convince people who voted for Donald Trump to elect a Democrat governor in November, she’ll support programs to address the issues Michiganders deal with everyday.  

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
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The State House of Representatives wants MSU President Lou Anna Simon to resign or be fired by the school.

The House of Representatives adopted a resolution today. The MSU president has come under fire recently, after multiple women said they complained to school officials about sexual assault by an MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, but were ignored.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard voted in favor of the resolution. He says MSU’s reputation has been tarnished.

“We are never going to begin the healing process until she is gone,” Leonard said.

Gov. Snyder delivers his 2017 State of the State address.
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The 48th Governor of Michigan made his final State of the State address last night (7 p.m., January 24). You can watch his speech here or below:

Governor Rick Snyder
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Last night Governor Rick Snyder delivered his eighth and final State of State address at the Capitol in Lansing. One of the topics Snyder hit on was "civility" in politics.

"One of the warning signals, I'll tell you, if you hear someone running for office, and this is my personal view, and they talk about fighting, the red light should be flashing," he said. "Who are we fighting? Ourselves. That's not right. Fighting does have a role. It was on the beaches of Normandy, not on the beaches of Lake Michigan." 

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Governor Rick Snyder declared victory over the state’s economic hardships last night, in his eighth and final State of the State address. The governor says choices made over the last seven years leave room now for more investment in schools and infrastructure.

But it’s not clear that he can win support for his plans in the Legislature.

Snyder spent most of the hour long speech reviewing his years as governor, and compared Michigan today to the days of the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate was double what it is now.

The "Big Four." From left: Mark Hackel, L. Brooks Patterson, Mike Duggan, Warren Evans.
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This year’s gathering of Metro Detroit’s “Big Four” political leaders highlighted more points of division than unity.

Those leaders are Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

A spirit of regionalism did not prevail at this year’s event, held annually at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. And the future of regional transit was a major source of contention.

Stateside 1.23.2018

Jan 23, 2018

Today on Stateside, a legal expert examines MSU's potential civil and criminal liabilities in the Nassar scandal. And, we discuss a program that looks to spread "college knowledge" among more Detroit students and schools. We also learn there's more to ice fishing than freezing out on a lake.

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Tonight, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his annual State of the State address. Because of term limits, it will be his last.

You can watch the speech here tonight. You’ll also hear lots of analysis afterward, and on Stateside tomorrow.

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The many elections of 2018 could stir up a big political year in Michigan.

Issues & Ale, an event series from Michigan Radio, hit HopCat in Royal Oak Monday night to discuss the political balls up in the air this year – and why they could spell excitement to come.

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State Treasurer Nick Khouri says Flint's mayor and city council now have the ability to conduct most city business without state oversight.

Khoury said Monday that state oversight through the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board has been diminished after the panel recommended moving the city out of receivership and continuing the process of transitioning to full local control.

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Detroit’s plan to get all city rental properties up to code launches at the start of next month.

Landlords in certain parts of the city will have 90 days to register their properties, and another 90 days to comply with a city ordinance.

Detroit updated and strengthened its rental ordinance last year, after letting it largely go unenforced for years.

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Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission got rid of rules meant to keep the internet free and open, and to treat all traffic equally. So what can internet users expect this year? 

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