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"We've never had justice": How the Supreme Court rigged land deals against native people

It was 1823. The land of Michigan wasn’t yet a state. The indigenous people far outnumbered the white settlers. The Erie Canal hadn’t opened. The flood of European immigrants was yet to arrive.

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A Meijer pharmacist in Petoskey refused for religious reasons to fill a customer's prescription that was medically necessary to treat her miscarriage, according to a letter of complaint filed yesterday with Meijer by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on behalf of the customer.

The letter says the pharmacist, Richard Kalkman, also refused to let the customer, Rachel Peterson, talk to another Meijer pharmacist or transfer her prescription to another pharmacy.

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Southeast Michigan’s largest water system is turning to new technology to detect faulty water mains before they fail.

A year ago, a massive water main break disrupted 11 communities in western Oakland County.

In order to avoid similar problems in the future, the Great Lakes Water Authority is launching a pilot program to use acoustic technology to inspect the interior of large water mains. The sensors will try to detect leaks, gas pockets and structural weakness.

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Cathy Albro Democrat for U.S. Congress


As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing congressional candidates around the state about why they're running and their top priorities if elected.


Cathy Albro is the Democratic candidate in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of Kent County, as well as Barry and Ionia Counties. Albro is running against Republican incumbent Justin Amash, who declined an interview with Michigan Radio.

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We’re three weeks out from Election Day, and Michigan’s U.S. House races have already broken state records.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a watchdog group, released a new analysis of fundraising and spending disclosures.

Craig Mauger is with the network. He says one race in particular stands out.

“The 8th Congressional District race is going to be the most expensive U.S. House race that Michigan has ever seen,” he said. “That’s the race between Elissa Slotkin and Mike Bishop, and we can already say that because it’s already attracted about $16 million.”

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A new state law in Michigan makes the sale of marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks illegal.

This passage of the law comes before voters weigh in on Proposal 1 next month. That’s the ballot initiative that will decide whether or not to make recreational marijuana use legal in Michigan.

Josh Hovey is the spokesperson for Yes on 1. He said the no marijuana in drinks law is a way for legislators to subtly voice their opinions against the proposal.

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Today on Stateside, we get an explainer on Proposal 2. That's the anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal that would change how the maps for legislative and congressional districts are drawn. Plus, a look at the discrimination members of the LGTBTQ community face in Michigan, even after the legalization of gay marriage. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below

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A proposal that seeks to end gerrymandering in the state will be on the ballot this November.

The Board of State Canvassers voted to add the question from the group Voters Not Politicians on June 20.

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This is part three of our series "An Idea on the Land." Part one is here. Part two is here.

It’s the summer of 1831. A young French writer arrives in Michigan, hoping to get a glimpse of untouched American wilderness. He sets off from Detroit.

"A mile out of town," he writes, "the road goes into forest and never comes out of it."

Alexis de Toqueville travels on horseback from Detroit to Saginaw, the entire way covered by dense, virgin forests and swampland. He relies on native guides to find the way.

When he finally emerges onto the banks of the Saginaw River, he contemplates what was soon coming for this land.

"In a few years these impenetrable forests will have fallen," he writes. "The noise of civilization and of industry will break the silence of Saginaw."

He had no idea.

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Artist's conception of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park

Detroit and Buffalo will each receive $50 million from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to improve waterfront parks.

The West Riverfront Park in Detroit will be renamed for Wilson, who lived in Metro Detroit and was best known for owning the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

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As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing congressional candidates around the state about the issues most important to them.

Debbie Dingell is the incumbent Democrat in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. She has represented the district since 2015.


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