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Week in Review: Engler criticizes sexual abuse bills and Whiston announces medical leave

Michigan State University interim president John Engler accused state lawmakers of interfering with negotiations to settle out of court with victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Engler's comments came in response to a set of bills adopted by the senate this week that give victims more time to file lawsuits. The former governor also said the bills could subject universities to more lawsuits and drive up tuition. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news...


Stateside 3.16.2018

"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.


“Children should not have a price tag on them,” survivor says to opponents of sexual assault bills

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.


To combat fake news “infocalypse,” UM launches effort to explore social media responsibility

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.


Political roundup: State Senate quickly passes sexual assault bills, but will the House do the same?

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.


Dem candidates for AG on civil asset forfeiture

The Democrats running for state Attorney General represent two wings of the party. Dana Nessel is a self-described progressive. Pat Miles is more centrist, but he’s shifted some of his positions on issues as he’s talked to Democrats across the state. We asked each of the candidates about asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize property when police think it was bought with illegally gotten money such as drug money. But, even if those people are not convicted...


Stateside 3.14.2018

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.


Marijuana legalization becomes issue in Democratic race for attorney general

The legalization of marijuana in Michigan is emerging as an issue in the race for the state's next attorney general. Attorney General candidate Patrick Miles , an Obama-appointed official who served six and a half years as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, has taken a position on legalization of marijuana in Michigan. He said last week, upon further reflection, he’s for it.


Week in Review: Wayne County's tentative jail deal and possible work requirements for Medicaid

It looks like Wayne County may finally have a solution for its long-stalled jail project . The county has reached a tentative agreement with Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures. Gilbert's company will construct a brand new $533 million "criminal justice center," pending approval from the county commission and building authority. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about the plan and what it could mean for Wayne County.


Stateside 3.9.2018

Today on Stateside , we discuss whether or not a "Marshall Plan for Talent" can work if children can't read. And, we learn about a program being rolled out at the University of Michigan hospital that will give priority to people who can pay more.


Political roundup: Can a “Marshall Plan for Talent” work if children can’t read?

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling it a “Marshall Plan for Talent.” He wants the legislature to approve $100 million for programs, equipment and scholarships to train the hundreds of thousands of workers that will be needed in the next several years.


Ballot initiative would make registering to vote easier

Voters’ rights groups are gathering signatures for a constitutional amendment to make registering to vote easier in Michigan. The “Promote the Vote” campaign is being backed by several groups including the League of Women Voters of Michigan .


Michigan got a C for election security. What’s being done to improve it?

Election officials across the nation are concerned about hacking schemes that might corrupt the outcomes. But how likely is that? Riley Beggin , a reporter with Bridge Magazine , joined Stateside today to talk about her recent report titled, “ As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks .”


Lessenberry on Detroit State of the City, Richard Spencer at MSU

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his annual State of the City address last night. He talked about ways to improve the city's public schools, and the city's demolition program. Michigan Radio's senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to discuss the speech. They also talked about Michigan State University's handling of white supremacist Richard Spencer's visit, and a plan to remove a controversial fountain in Kalamazoo.


House committee report finds Russian trolls stirred up Line 5 debate

A Republican report released last week by the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology found that social media accounts linked to Russian propagandists were tweeting and posting about Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Keith Matheny , a reporter for the Detroit Free Press , joined Stateside today to explain what's known about these Russian trolls.


53 bills in the state Legislature deal with guns. But, what will get done?

Gun laws across the country are under the microscope at state capitols. And Michigan is no exception. But the reality is, we’re not seeing a re-thinking of gun policy. Instead, everyone’s just returned to their corners. There’s increasing pressure for Lansing to do something following the school shootings in Parkland, Florida.


How groups are gearing up for Richard Spencer’s visit to MSU

A white supremacist, Richard Spencer will speak at Michigan State University this evening – much to the dismay of many in the community. Spencer’s request to speak was initially denied by the campus – but a lawsuit resulted in a compromise between the two sides. Spencer is permitted to use the MSU pavilion on the outskirts of campus during spring break. "Honestly from where I’m standing, I see it as an attack," says Erin Paskus. She's is an undergraduate student organizer with the Stop...


Democrats call for background checks to buy guns and Whitmer gets big endorsement

Democrats in Lansing want a state law that requires background checks for all firearm purchases. This is one of a number of ideas lawmakers have floated since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. But the House Republican leader says he’s focused on improving mental health services, while other Republicans have proposed allowing certain teachers to carry weapons. This Week in Review , Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about the divide in the...


Stateside 3.2.2018

Today on Stateside , a state lawmaker argues for a "sky marshal system in the schools." We talk to a co-director of Flint Town , a new Netflix series that looks at the city through the eyes of the police. Also, a bill in the Michigan House Representatives could make it easier for large water withdrawals. Our Friday Roundtable gives their opinion.


State lawmaker argues for “sky marshal system in the schools”

This week alone, four people were shot and killed by one gunman in Detroit. There was an apparent murder-suicide in Southfield. A Grand Rapids man was killed after being shot ten times. And today, two people were shot and killed at Central Michigan University. Government leaders in Washington and in Lansing are trying to come up with ways to prevent mass shootings. The main focus is on shootings at schools, such as the one last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,...


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