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Stateside for Thursday, September 5th, 2013


Fewer immigrants are choosing to make Michigan their home, but there is one group that is continuing to come: Iraqis.

On today's show, we explored why and what it means for our state. And we looked at the possibility of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr using artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts as collateral for a city loan.
But first on the show, Governor Rick Snyder has tapped a veteran auto industry executive to become the state’s automotive adviser. Gov. Snyder announced the appointment of Nigel Francis and the creation of the Automotive Industry Office earlier this week.  The new position and new office will be housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Francis has almost 30 years of executive experience in the auto sector both in Europe and the U.S. -- most recently working for Tata Technologies in Novi and Troy.
Nigel Francis joined us today.
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