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Politics & Government

Stateside for Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • By this time tomorrow, Fiat Chrysler hourly workers could have put down their tools in favor of picket signs. The UAW has notified FCA that the extension of the current contract ends tonight at 11:59. What happens at midnight?

  • When the Volkswagen emissions scandal first hit, the initial focus was on the act itself: VW's admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with illegal software. Now that scientists have had a chance to crunch numbers and work out calculations, attention is turning to the health consequences of VW's cheating.

  • Sixty years ago, a young Detroiter graduated from Wayne State University, his freshly-minted bachelor's degree in music in hand. That young artist was ready to make his mark on the world. And make it, he did. George Shirley went on to break new ground for diversity in the performing arts as an operatic tenor and a music educator.

  • A sad, old, derelict house in Hamtramck will literally blossom for three days this month when it becomes Flower House. For three days, all 15 rooms and two porches will be filled with fresh, colorful flowers and plants in one last hurrah before the old house is torn down to make way for a flower farm.

  • Across Michigan and the rest of the country, people are being jailed over failing to repay fines and fees. But debtor's prisons were banned by the federal government in 1833. So why are people still getting caught in the vicious cycle of debtor's prison?

  • Last week was the "re-opening" weekend for the Palladium movie theatre in Birmingham – it was taken over and overhauled by the Emagine chain – and it ended with unaccompanied teens being banned. Paul Glantz is the co-founder of the Emagine theatre chain. He tells us what happened.