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Stateside for Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

Watchdogs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are keeping a wary eye on a safety issue with airbags: what happens when airbags age? Paul Eisenstein talks with us about the concerns.

It’s almost like something out of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a nasty, giant plant that could lead to blistering, scars, or even permanent blindness. It’s called giant hogweed, and one’s been found near Battle Creek. Gretchen Voyle sits down with us to talk about just what makes this plant so nasty.

Brilliant Books in Traverse City has decided: if you preordered “Go Set a Watchman” with them, you deserve an apology and a refund. Owner Peter Makin explains the decision.

Lisa Rose is an herbalist, urban farmer and a forager, and she tells us that our backyards may be full of potential wild edibles that we’ve never considered.

The USPS lost $26 billion between 2011 and 2014, and they’re closing mail processing centers as they struggle in that sea of red ink. The Kingsford processing center in the U.P. is among three facilities on the hit list in Michigan, but Sen. Gary Peters has helped introduce The Rural Postal Act of 2015, which would delay the Kingsford closure by two years.

There’s a new living history park in Whitehall that’s giving visitors a unique way to discover the history of Michigan. Michigan’s Heritage Park is part of the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon. Program Director Wendy Vanwoerkom tells us what visitors can expect to find at the park.

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