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Stateside for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • Just a week and a half from now, the UAW contracts with General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will expire. Daniel Howes points out some major differences in these contract talks in his recent column for The Detroit News.
     
  • AAA Michigan expects 1.2 million Michiganders to take to the road this Labor Day weekend, and the Michigan State Police say that it’s the deadliest holiday weekend of the year. Lt. Michael Shaw joins us to talk about driving safely this weekend.

  • Why does it seem like all those weigh stations are always closed? Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek looked into it for this edition of MI Curious.
     
  • Pandas have captured the interest of a research team from Michigan State University, which has discovered that pandas truly march to the beat of their own drum. Vanessa Hull talks with us about how pandas don’t play by other animals’ rules.
     
  • It’s been praised as “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century,” and condemned as “the most damaging environmental pollutant of the Cold War.” Dr. Howard Markel walks us through the history of fluoride in our drinking water.
     
  • As protesters call for Enbridge to shut down their Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac, the company assures them that the pipelines are safe and in “excellent” condition. Michigan Radio’s Mark Brush talks with us today about how Enbridge is working to maintain Line 5 and the environmental danger the pipeline could pose.
     
  • In Detroit and across Michigan, there is often talk about becoming the next Silicon Valley. But Detroit has its own set of unique challenges and opportunity, and Razi Jafri is here to tell us that we should strive to be something new and different.
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