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Politics & Government

Stateside for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • A 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook things up near Battle Creek this morning. The quake was centered 13 miles southeast of Battle Creek and only a few miles from where a 4.2 magnitude quake happened May 2.
     
  • Reports disagree on the effectiveness of the “Pure Michigan” campaign as state lawmakers look for money to fix the roads. Michigan State University economics professor Charley Ballard helps us sort it out.
     
  • Just a few years ago, no one knew the word “selfie,” but now they’ve invaded social media. Michigan Radio’s Kimberly Springer takes a look at how selfies fit in to our social and cultural landscape.

  • Despite the rising number of craft brewers here in Michigan and across the country, our best-selling beers are Bud Lite, Coors Lite and Miller Lite. Economist Ranjit Dighe found that Americans’ taste for bland beers goes back to the 19th century.
     
  • The nation is becoming more aware of post traumatic stress injury as more veterans return home. A joint effort between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan law enforcement hopes to teach officers to better recognize and help veterans struggling with PTSI.
     
  • In an attempt to relieve taxpayers of some burden, Michigan inmates are required to pay for necessities. But what happens when a prisoner’s small paycheck doesn’t cover the expenses? Natalie Holbrook talks with us about so-called “pay-to-stay” programs.