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Stateside: Preparing for coronavirus; GOP leader softens on absentee ballot prep; soul beyond Motown

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The Detroit Institute of Art is asking for a millage renewal on the March 10 ballot. State Rep. Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond) wants to allow communities in the three counties affected by the millage to opt out of paying if it passes.

On today's Stateside, lawmakers in Lansing may be ready to throw clerks a lifeline as they prepare to count an onslaught of absentee ballots this primary season. Plus, we'll talk to the state’s top health official about how Michigan is preparing for a potential outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual conversations below.

At urging of clerks, state Senate leader backtracks on opposition to prepping absentee ballots early

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Stateside’s conversation with Rick Pluta

  • Rick Pluta is Michigan Radio’s Capitol bureau chief.

Macomb County state rep. wants to allow communities to opt out of proposed DIA millage 

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Stateside's conversation with Jeff Yaroch

  • Jeff Yaroch is a Republican state representative from Richmond.

The coronavirus is coming to the U.S. Here's how Michigan is preparing.

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Stateside’s conversations with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and Dr. Preeti Malani

  • Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is the chief medical executive for the state of Michigan.
  • Dr. Preeti Malani is the chief health officer at the University of Michigan.

Detroit soul music goes way beyond Motown

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Stateside’s conversation with Dan Austin and Melvin Davis

  • Dan Austin is a DJ, history buff, and host of the Motor City Soul Club.
  • Melvin Davis is a soul singer known in Detroit circles as the “Detroit Soul Ambassador.”

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