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Stateside: Lawmakers move on COVID-19 aid bills; utility shut-offs paused; drive-thru tests open

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Should it have taken a global pandemic to get relief for Detroiters facing water shut-offs? We discussed how the coronavirus outbreak has changed the conversation about access to basic needs for low-income residents.

Today on Stateside, we spoke with U.S. Senator Gary Peters about how Congress is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. We also checked in on Lansing, where Michigan lawmakers have approved large sums of money to deal with the fallout from a statewide coronavirus shutdown, even as bigger policy questions linger.

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Sen. Gary Peters talks about congressional response to coronavirus outbreak

Stateside’s conversation with Gary Peters

  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters is a Democrat representing Michigan. 

How COVID-19 turned the tide for Detroit utility shut-offs and foreclosures

Stateside’s conversations with Nancy Kaffer and Kat Stafford, and Patrick Cooney

  • Nancy Kaffer is a columnist with the Detroit Free Press.
  • Kat Stafford is a national race and ethnicity writer with the Associated Press.
  • Patrick Cooney is the assistant director for the University of Michigan's Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility. 

Some hospitals now offer drive-thru tests for COVID-19, but not everyone can get one

Stateside’s conversation with Sarah Cwiek

  • Sarah Cwiek is Michigan Radio's Detroit reporter.

Michigan Legislature greenlights funding for coronavirus response

Stateside’s conversation with Rick Pluta

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

Closing of Canadian and U.S. border separates daughter and father

Stateside’s conversation with Ashley Woods

  • Journalist Ashley Woods is the founder and CEO of the news site Detour Detroit.
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