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Stateside for Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

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  • A former Wayne County assistant prosecutor has been picked to investigate Flint's drinking water crisis and determine if civil or even criminal charges should be filed. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports.

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An interview with Steve Carmody

  • This week on Michigan Radio we will be probing the mood of American voters. In the coming days we will ask why people feel as they do. We begin with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
  • The Court of Claims is all over the news lately, with Detroit Public Schools’ attempt to establish a temporary restraining order to block teacher sick-outs and the class action lawsuits in Flint due to the water crisis. But what is the Court of Claims?
  • If a four-year degree works for the elite in this country, why should we encourage the rest of us to do something different? Our latest contributor to The Next Idea discusses the merits of liberal arts education in 21st century job market. 
  • Is it past time for Michigan to strip the governor and lawmakers of their immunity from the Freedom of Information Act? Melanie McElroy of Common Cause Michigan and Mike Reitz of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy talk about the importance of transparency at all levels of government.

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