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Stateside: What’s in tentative UAW-GM deal; wet winter forecast; debate over student athlete pay

Oct 17, 2019

Today on Stateside, what we know about the details of the UAW's tentative agreement with General Motors. Plus, why a state lawmaker wants to override the NCAA rules that restrict how student athletes are allowed to earn money. 

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

Howes: What's in the UAW's tentative agreement with GM

  • Thursday marks the 32nd day of the UAW's strike against General Motors. The union's National Council is taking a look at the tentative agreement reached between the two parties on Wednesday. These factory-level union leaders will decide whether to pass the agreement onto nearly 49,000 striking workers for a ratification vote. They'll also decide whether workers will stay on the picket line while the deal is finalized. Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes explained the highlights of this tentative agreement, and what has to happen before the strike is officially over. 

Whether it’s snow, freezing rain, or sleet, Michigan is looking at a wet winter forecast

  • Today, the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are out with their winter forecast. Should we be bracing ourselves for the worst or breathing a sigh of relief? To answer that question, we talked to NOAA meteorologist Richard Pollman. He broke down what Michiganders should expect from the approaching winter months, and explained how NOAA creates its long-term forecast. 

Lake Michigan homeowners wait in 'quiet terror' as high water levels eat away property

  • As Lake Michigan water levels remain at a near record high, more and more shoreline is being eaten away every day. Large trees are sliding down steep banks into the water, wooden staircases are being torn out. As the fall storm season approaches, some property owners worry their homes will be next. Interlochen Public Radio’s Dan Wanschura brings us this story. 

Climate Crew: How a Detroit man turned a trash-filled lot into a community asset 

  • Our Climate Crew series features everyday people who have stepped up and done something — no matter how big or small — to make their corner of Michigan a little greener. People like Mark Covington, president of the Georgia Street Community Collective. Covington started the organization as a small community garden. Now, it's grown into a registered nonprofit with 22 parcels of land, two houses, a small farm, a community center, and more. Stateside’s Adam Rayes visited and brought back this postcard. 

Ahead of visit to Detroit, skateboarder Tony Hawk talks Alzheimer’s advocacy and love for the city

  • An Alzheimer's diagnosis is a tough burden for patients and for the people who love them. That includes legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, whose mother has Alzheimer's. He will be in Detroit next week for the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual fundraiser. Hawk joined Stateside to talk about his family's experience with the disease, as well as his connections to Detroit. 
  • Tony Hawk will be the speaker at the 35th annual Alzheimer's Association Chocolate Jubilee. The fundraiser will be Saturday, October 26th at the MGM Grand Detroit.

A state senator wants to let college athletes make money, but some warn of unintended consequences

  • California made sports history last month when Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that allows college athletes to cash in on the $14 billion college sports industry. The landmark "Fair Pay to Play Act" opens the door for athletes to be paid for their likeness, name, image, and to sign endorsement deals.
  • Democratic State Senator Adam Hollier is preparing a bill that would open that same door to college athletes in Michigan. He explained why he believes that current NCAA regulations are unfair to college athletes, and what his bill would do about it. 
  • John U. Bacon is Michigan Radio’s sports commentator. He broke down why the NCAA implemented those rules in the first place, which athletes they impact most, and what the unintended consequences of bills like Hollier’s might be. 

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