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Stargazers, rejoice! Cass County site recognized as state’s second International Dark Sky Park

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The city of Madison Heights is suing the owner of a business called Electro-Plating Services. Gary Sayers’ company was the source of the now infamous toxic green ooze that appeared on I-696 in December. The trial for the lawsuit against Sayers resumes on Thursday.

Michigan Radio reporter Tracy Samilton has been covering it and she joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for an update.

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Republican leaders in the Legislature say they are ready to adopt a petition-initiated bill to place new restrictions on abortion. They’re waiting for state elections officials to certify that the signatures are valid. The initiative would outlaw the procedure known medically as dilation and evacuation.

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The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center says 13 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in Michigan in recent months, after their parents were turned back at the southern border.  

Under the current policy, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, adults who seek asylum at the southern border have to wait in Mexico for their asylum claim to be processed.

The policy doesn’t apply to children.
 

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Michigan residents can now order a Tesla vehicle and have it serviced in state. On Wednesday, Michigan’s Attorney General and Secretary of State announced a settlement with the California-based car manufacturer.

State of the Takata Air Bag Recalls

Toyota and Honda have recalled millions more cars over problem airbags. 

Honda says it's recalling 2.7 million cars with Takata air bags that have a risk of exploding when they inflate in an accident. 

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The state's Human Trafficking Commission has announced more than 30 legislative recommendations mainly focused on prostitution. The recommendations include decreasing the penalties for those providing sexual activities and increasing the penalties for those purchasing it, as well as replacing the word "prostitution" in the penal code with the term "commercial sexual activity." 

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Today on Stateside, we look at the dispute over Michigan's ban on public funding for private education. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could affect how the Michigan Supreme Court rules later this year. Plus, Tesla is coming to Michigan and we hear from a reporter about how the move could alter the auto industry's traditional power base.

In more than 30 states, it is illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without first disclosing their status. Some are now pushing to change that, arguing that the laws are actually endangering public health.

More than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and their HIV status could conceivably put them behind bars. That's what happened to Michael Holder.

"I served 8 1/2 years in prison and three years after on parole," Holder says.

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Sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan have been booming. In the first six weeks after licensed dispensaries began selling the product in December, sales topped $10 million, generating around $1.7 million in tax revenue. But none of that money can legally be deposited in a bank. 

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The Detroit City Council voted on Tuesday to extend a moratorium on selling recreational marijuana in the city. The moratorium, which was initially set to end on January 31, has been extended while the city drafts an ordinance to regulate the industry. 

Detroit City Councilman James Tate says regulation is important to ensure the industry is accessible to Detroit residents.

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Life on the Inside: Stories from a Michigan prison

Stateside’s week-long series will capture what life is like for the people who live and work inside Lakeland Correctional Facility.

Following "idiotic" comment to female reporter, Sen. Lucido faces formal inquiry, second accusation