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Politics & Government

Stateside for Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • We’ve got a long way to go before the GOP and Democrats choose their 2016 presidential candidates, and even longer before we know who's running to replace Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018. But even at this early stage, Kathy Gray believes the ingredients are there for a couple of historic races in the next few years.
     
  • An increasing number of Michiganders are turning to bikes as a means of transportation, and communities are growing more accommodating. Jay Fowler joins us to talk about a new bicycle rule approved in Grand Rapids that will force cars to wait for bikes.
     
  • After being debunked years ago, the dusty old Facebook privacy status hoax is back. Cliff Lampe explains that by the time you’ve gotten to your Facebook wall to declare that you don’t give the company the right to use your pictures or information, you’ve already signed those rights away.
     
  • In his new novel Scrapper, Michigan author Matt Bell tells the tale of a man surviving in Detroit by harvesting scrap metal from the city's thousands of abandoned buildings.
     
  • Now that medical researchers have reported elevated levels of lead in the blood of Flint children, pressure is building on Gov. Snyder to take action in the city’s water troubles. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling weighs in on the situation.