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Politics & Government

Stateside for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

The state Senate could vote later today on a new plan to fund the state's roads. Jack Neher talks to us about the roads bills and the upcoming decision from the Capitol.

The Michigan Department of National Resources is keeping a close eye on the spruce budworm. It’s one of the most destructive native insects in northern spruce and fir forests, and it looks like it’s back. Bob Heyd is with us to talk budworms.

Chigozie Obioma was born in Nigeria, earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Michigan, and he joins us to talk about his debut novel The Fisherman.

A new report finds that the number of female-owned businesses grew one and a half times the national average since 1997. Amy Haimerl talks with us about the findings and her report for Fortune.

The Rotary Charities of Traverse City is small but mighty. They've taken profits from oil and gas wells and then plowed that money right back into improving Traverse City in many ways. We talk to Executive Director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City Marsha Smith about their work.