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Politics & Government

Stateside for Friday, March 11, 2016

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  • Changing our clocks can be a nuisance, yet we put up with it twice a year when we "fall back" and "spring forward." No more, say some Michigan lawmakers. 

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Listen to our interview with Rep. Jeff Irwin, D- Ann Arbor. He’s co-sponsoring a bill that would eliminate time-shifts in the state.

  • Today is the day of the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Regan. She will rest next to her husband at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. A Michigan man honors her memory.

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Listen to our interview with Troy City Council member Ethan Baker. He was a special assistant to Nancy Reagan.

  • Lester Graham with Michigan Radio and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative looks at how race relations have changed since the civil rights movements of the 1960s.
  • We chat with a new author who’s written a novel about an African-American family migrating from the South to Detroit and lives through the city's changes in the last 75 years.
  • We talk with the new interim superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools. She’s calling on the Michigan Legislature to find the money to keep the schools open for the rest of the year. 
  • A lot of people have been filing a lot of lawsuits over the water debacle in Flint. Here’s what you need to know about the bigger legal questions involved in Flint’s water crisis.