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Politics & Government

Stateside for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • Only one in four Michiganders says they’re in a better place financially than they were last year, with 90% of folks over 65 saying they’re worse off. Jeff Williams joins us to talk about this economic question, as well as redistricting and marijuana legalization in Michigan.
     
  • In the 178-year history of the Michigan Legislature, only three lawmakers have been kicked out. Could disgraced Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat become the fourth and fifth? Rick Pluta talks with us about the disciplinary hearings that began today.
     
  • If you’re going to build a new playground, why not consult the kids who will be using it most? Rachael Van Dyke and Laura Amtower tell us about how they did just that at Ann Arbor’s STEAM@Northside school.
     
  • From 1996 until 2001, photography was outlawed in Afghanistan. Once the Taliban fell from power, photojournalism and free media began to flourish. A new documentary takes us to Afghanistan to examine how photography has changed the lives of the Afghan people and to look at the country through their eyes.
     
  • It might surprise you to learn that pigeon racing is “a thing” in the Metro Detroit area. Metro Times writer Michael Jackman sits down with us to talk about whether the sport has a future in Southeast Michigan.