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Politics & Government

Stateside for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

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  • Earlier this year Gov. Rick Snyder made an appointment to the three-person Michigan Public Service Commission, the group that approves or rejects utility rate requests. His decision to appoint a former power company lobbyist raised more than a few eyebrows.
     
  • Tonight, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinaw City will be hosting stargazers who want the best seat in the house for one of the big events of the year: the famed Leonid meteor shower will peak between midnight and dawn tomorrow. 
     
  • A year ago, Brother Guy Consolmagno became the first clergyman to win the Carl Sagan Medal. The Michigan native and recently appointed director of the Vatican Observatory joins us today.
     
  • Michigan Radio's That's What They Say co-host Anne Curzan helps us pronounce "a" and "the."
     
  • Bills sitting on the state Senate floor would allow concealed pistol license holders to carry in schools and other areas that are currently off-limits but would also prevent what's known as "open carry" in those places. April Zeoli, an associate professor at Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice, weighs in.
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    April Zeoli tells us about some possible changes to Michigan's gun laws being considered by the state Senate

  • To help Flint residents escape food deserts, MTA has introduced "Ride to Groceries," a special bus that takes shoppers to grocery stores.