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Organizers hope date change will lure automakers, media back to NAIAS

It's the start of the 30th annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It's also the last time the show will be in January. The once can't-miss event is moving to the summer in 2020 with the hope of regaining some of its lost glory.

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Bees are disappearing. You might have heard that colony collapse disorder of European honeybees can nearly wipe out a hive. But native bees are also in trouble. 

There are several kinds of bumblebees in Michigan. A recent survey found during the last 20 years, there were a dozen that were fairly common.

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Leaders of the state Legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer will hold their first “quadrants meeting” Wednesday.

Whitmer announced when she won the November election that she would like to hold regular meetings with the Speaker of the House, House Democratic Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democratic Leader. All members agreed.

The idea is to talk about issues and find ways to come to an agreement before bills hit Whitmer’s desk.

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Republican lawmakers in the state House and Senate say lowering the cost of auto insurance across the state is a top priority for the 100th Legislature.

How to change Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law is an issue lawmakers have been trying to crack for years.

In the House, Representative Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) will chair a special committee devoted to the issue. He said this will give lawmakers a broad, collaborative way of tackling the problem.

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The state of Michigan may soon allow closed medical marijuana dispensaries without a license to reopen.

More than half the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close earlier this month because of licensing issues. The result of the closures has been a shortage of medical marijuana products.   Even licensed dispensaries have had problems stocking enough products to meet demand.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a sit-down meeting between her and General Motors CEO Mary Barra is "in the works."

GM’s plans to close five plants, including two in Michigan, attracted President Trump’s vocal displeasure, and an outcry from the leaders of affected cities.

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Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen have announced a limited alliance.

As part of the alliance, Ford will develop and build medium-size pickups and commercial vans for the global market for both companies. The vehicles will be sold with either a Ford or Volkswagen brand name in South America, Africa, and Europe.

Volkswagen will develop and build a city van for both automakers.

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NeighborhoodScout, an online database of hyperlocal real estate information, released its annual research on the top 100 "most dangerous" cities in the United States. Bessemer, Alabama, found itself at the top of the list, with nine Michigan cities appearing throughout. 

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Today on Stateside, how the partial government shutdown impacts the 1.2 million Michiganders who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help buy food for their families. Plus, a concerned resident of Cass County explains why he's on a mission to make the public aware of the danger posed by the huge number of dead ash trees in Michigan. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

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There’s a new attorney in charge of the criminal cases surrounding the Flint water crisis. Fadwa Hammoud was just appointed as Michigan’s new Solicitor General.   

Within hours of that announcement, the Attorney General’s office said Hammoud would also be taking on the role of lead attorney in the Flint water crisis criminal cases.

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A new cannabis industry group is calling on state regulators to ease a medical marijuana shortage in Michigan.

The newly formed Michigan Cannabis Industry Association has a lot of issues to address, but the current shortage of medical marijuana products tops the list.

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