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Stateside for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

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  • Our "It's Just Politics" team joins us to talk about straight-ticket voting, the state of emergency in Flint over the water crisis, and a death threat tweeted at Gov. Rick Snyder by the singer Cher.

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Listen to our interview with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta.

  • A number of high-end luxury carmakers are taking a pass on this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Autotrader joins us to tell us why.

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Listen to our interview with Michelle Krebs.

  • Michigan's teen birth rate dropped 60% between 1991 and 2013, beating out the national decline of 57%. But, the news is not as good in some Michigan counties, mainly northern and rural. Nancy Derringer looked at the teen birth rate in a story for Bridge Magazine.

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Listen to our interview with Nancy Derringer.

  • We learn about the Ypsilanti Mural Project, a collaboration between art students at Ypsilanti High School and local historians in Washtenaw County. Their focus is to recognize and celebrate the history of the African-American community in Ypsilanti. We talk with teacher Lynne Settles and student Jay Seal.

  • The Farm Bureau brings young farmers together to talk about the challenges they face. It’s also a competition. Grant Reiff and Seth Earl join us to talk about farming concerns.

  • Larry Massie, author and book buyer, talks about his new book store in Allegan called Massie's Michigan Books.

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