Michigan Radio

Buzzing Online

Indigenous leader of Line 5 opposition is now consulting for Enbridge

someone writing on a ballot
Michael Dorausch / Flickr, http://j.mp/1SPGCl0


Today on Stateside, we talk to Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) about what she’s seen during a trip to the U.S.—Mexico border. Plus, a look at what it takes to turn a petition drive into a question on the ballot in Michigan. 

Rep. Elissa Slotkin and her deputy chief of staff Danielle Most talk to two children at a CBP holding facility in Donna, Texas.
Office of Rep. Elissa Slotkin


A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives on Friday visited sites along the U.S. Mexico border. Among them was Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th district. Slotkin says her goal for this trip was to “understand the stress on the situation” at the border, and to try to find bipartisan agreement on how to fix what she describes as a broken system. 

Army National Guard / Flickr

Motorcycle riders are greatly overrepresented in U.S. traffic deaths, with more than 5,000 killed each year.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says frequently, when cars and motorcycles are involved in a crash, the drivers of the car said they didn't even see the motorcycle.

The safety group says wearing high-visibility clothing could help to prevent some of those kinds of crashes – but its new study finds many reasons why motorcycle riders don't.


A new study by AAA finds that vehicle escape tools do not work on laminated glass. And fully a third of 2018 vehicle models had laminated glass not just on the front windshield, but all of the side windows.

Vehicle escape tools are intended to help someone break a window if they are trapped in a car, for example, if it catches on fire and the doors won't open, or if the car becomes submerged in water.

AAA tested six different vehicle escape tools. Four were able to break regular tempered glass – the kind that is very common on the side windows of older cars.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

State and local health officials are investigating multiple cases of a gastrointestinal illness in southwest Michigan. caused by a microscopic parasite in southwest . 

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

When we do a test taste of Tammy Coxen’s (of Tammy’s Tastings) concoctions, I’m often surprised by the ingredients on the counter. This time there was a Mason jar full of preserved peaches.

3D rendering of the measles virus
Centers for Disease Control

The Detroit Health Department has confirmed a case of measles in Detroit. The person is a resident of Detroit, and had recently returned from traveling overseas. 

The person went to the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan on July 16 between 12:30 and 9:30 p.m.

They also went to their physician’s office in Macomb County, Michigan, and everyone who was exposed at that location was directly informed.


A Muslim couple says they were subjected to racist taunts by a black Tim Hortons employee in Ypsilanti. They say the employee told them to “go back to their country."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan (CAIR-MI) is working with the couple. It's filing a civil rights complaint to the Michigan's Department of Civil Rights, against the company.

"People are being judged based on the color of their skin, or whether or not they are wearing religious clothing or if they have an accent on their, their American-ness," said Amy Doukorue, the couple's attorney.

John Seung-Hwan Shin / Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan publicly clarified his stance on police use of facial recognition technology Thursday, as his police chief tried to quell some skepticism from members Detroit’s Board of Police Commissioners about the controversial technology.

“The Detroit Police Department has not and will not use facial recognition technology for surveillance,” Duggan said in a statement put out on social media. “No one is watching you on any camera in this city with facial recognition software. I will not support the software ever being used in that way.”

person holding glasses of water filled with a range of terrible contaminants
John Auchter / Michigan Radio


What You're Reading

Volunteer firefighter shortage leaves fire departments struggling

Perrin Brewing Co., Comstock, MI

StoryCorps is Coming to Flint

August 6 – Sept. 5, 2019

At the Flint Institute of Arts

In Focus: Dearborn

Pack your bags and join us as Michigan Radio's series, In Focus, takes a look at the places in Michigan that deserve a little showing off.

A 9-part podcast about a team of women who won justice in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history.