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Auchter's Art: What's more Michigan than that?

I'm on my annual summer family vacation, so I drew this cartoon a week ahead of time. It's always a challenge to guess at what will remain topical for 24 hours, let alone a full week. These days it's darn near impossible.

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Bill Gelineau

The primaries are over, and we are officially into the general election season.

If you pulled a ballot in the August election, you might have noticed there were not two, but three, parties on the primary ballot this year: Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Bill Gelineau joined Stateside to talk about what he wants his campaign to accomplish.

Daniel Howes / Detroit News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk needs a timeout.

Big-league auto industry pressure is getting to the, quote, “visionary” hailed by tech fan boys and true believers. You don’t need to take my word for it. Look at his Twitter feed. Less than two weeks ago, he rips one off saying that he’s thinking about taking the electric-car maker private. 

Funding, he said, is secured. By whom, he didn’t say – a not-insignificant detail for a transaction that could be the largest of its kind ever done in the United States. The market swoons. Investors clamor for details … understandably expecting the California automaker to file its thinking with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You know, like any other normal public company.

Aretha Franklin
flickr user ktkatrina

Memorial and funeral plans have been announced for Detroit’s own Queen of Soul.

Arethan Franklin will lie in state at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28 and 29. The viewing will be open to the public.

That will be followed by a private funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 30.

Kathy Smith
Macomb County

Things are getting back to normal at the Macomb County Clerk's office, less than five months after Karen Spranger was removed from office.

Spranger's bizarre behavior and incompetence after she was elected in 2016 drove the department into turmoil and disarray.

Current Clerk Kathy Smith says a lot of people left because of Spranger, so the hardest part has been filling all the vacant positions and getting the new workers trained.

DEQ map
MDEQ

The state found high levels of industrial chemicals in two Kalamazoo County cities, but it’s unlikely they have the same source of contamination.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found chemicals known as PFAS in 26 private wells in Richland Township and nearby Parchment. Both are in Kalamazoo County.

Maps from the DEQ shows that it found 13 wells in each city with PFAS concentrations above the EPA advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.  

cafegulistan.com

The U.S. Dept. of Justice is appealing an immigration judge's ruling that protected Ibrahim Parlak from deportation.

Parlak is a West Michigan restaurant owner who fled Turkey 27 years ago, after being in a Kurdish separatist group.

The federal government started deportation proceedings against him in 2004, alleging he failed to disclose his involvement in the group when he applied for U.S. citizenship.

The government also says the group Parlak belonged to was a terrorist organization.

Stanley Grot withdraws from Secretary of State race

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Stan Grot
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot withdrew from the race for Secretary of State, citing family obligations and the "overall political atmosphere." In Michigan, candidates for Secretary of State are chosen at the party conventions.

sturgeon baby
Photo courtesy of USFS, Rob Elliott

One of the most ancient species in the Great Lakes is the sturgeon. The fish has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and was once abundant in all five lakes.

But, like many species, its numbers nosedived thanks to overfishing and habitat destruction.

Ed Baker is research station manager at the Marquette Fisheries Research Station of the Department of Natural Resources. He joined Stateside to talk about efforts to restore the region’s sturgeon population.

picture of Lansing capitol building
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The big news in politics this week was the Republican gubernatorial nominee choosing a running mate.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus-Lyons would be his lieutenant governor Monday.

To discuss that choice, and all things lieutenant governor, Stateside talked to our Friday political commentators.

Blood test.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

An opinion piece in the New York Times has stirred up a war of words. According to a recent Detroit News article, an emergency room doctor at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint persuaded the majority of his physician colleagues to ban using the words “lead poisoned” to describe children's exposure to lead from drinking Flint water.

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