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Stateside: Whitmer, lawmakers at odds on budget; replanting MI forests; Wayne Co. indigent defense

Aug 28, 2019

Today on Stateside, negotiations over the state budget continue between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state Legislature. Plus, the 1930s program that rebuilt the forests of Northern Michigan after the age of lumber barons produced areas of massive clear cutting. 

With budget deadline looming, Gov. Whitmer pressures GOP legislators to reveal their road funding plan

  • Governor Whitmer held a press conference today to discuss her take on the budget negotiations with Republican lawmakers. If they can’t reach a compromise before the October 1 deadline, there’s a risk that state government could be forced into a partial shutdown. We discuss where things stand with Chad Livengood, senior editor at Crain’s Detroit Business.

Trouble brewing in hops industry

  • Five years ago, hops were in high demand in Michigan and farmers started experimenting with the crop. But as beer tastes change and breweries adapt, many northern Michigan hop farmers haven’t been able to keep up. Interlochen Public Radio reporter Taylor Wizner reports on the decisions farmers have to make as their fields sit idle.

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corp resurrected Northern Michigan forests

  • It’s easy for us to take the forests in Northern Michigan for granted. However, if not for a progressive program known as the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), much of our beloved Up North might still look like a barren wasteland. We talk to Hillary Pine, with the Michigan History Center, about the clear cutting of forests during the lumber baron era, and how the CCC reshaped the Northern Michigan landscape. 
  • This segment was produced in partnership with the Michigan History Center.

How HIV-positive black women in Detroit are connecting with each other and advocating for more resources

  • Treatment options for HIV have advanced by leaps and bounds since the AIDS crisis started nearly four decades ago. But these advancements aren’t equally available to all people. While African-American heterosexual women have the highest HIV rates of any ethnicity, they are significantly less likely to get adequate care.
  • Stateside speaks with Jallicia Jolly, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, about her research on how HIV-positive black women in Detroit and beyond are connecting and advocating for more resources.

Report: Wayne County’s system for providing attorneys to poor defendants the most “dysfunctional” in nation

  • The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains important protections for anyone accused of a crime: the right to a public trial, the right to call witnesses, and the right to an attorney. But if you are poor and accused of a crime in Wayne County, you may not be getting all those protections. The nonpartisan Sixth Amendment Center examines state public defense systems, and it recently released a report on Wayne County.
  • David Carroll is the executive director of the Sixth Amendment Center. We talk to him about how Wayne County’s indigent defense system is failing the county’s poor defendants. 

In Focus: The boundless “surviving, striving, and thriving” of Flint

  • Michigan Radio's web series In Focus looks at the places around our state that deserve a little showing off. The latest stop: Flint. Michigan Radio’s Zaria Phillips visited Flint and had residents there show her what makes the city special.

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