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Today on Stateside, the role of election challengers at the polls. Also, a Mt. Pleasant photographer uses striking portraits to call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women. And a conversation about the Arab American voting bloc in Michigan.

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Today on Stateside, we’ll hear about the Native Justice Coalition’s call to action in support of missing and murdered indigenous people. Also, we talk to artists working for a Flint theater project borne out of the civil rights protests sparked by George Floyd’s death.

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Starting July 4th, Michigan law enforcement agencies will be required to use a national database to search for missing persons.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, is a national clearinghouse for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States. NamUs was launched in 2007 by the U.S. Justice Department. 

But some Michigan law enforcement agencies have been slow to use it.

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Michigan State Police

Police in Michigan hope the number of unsolved missing persons will drop thanks to a new law  signed by Governor Rick Snyder recently.

The legislation requires all law enforcement agencies to put missing persons’ information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System – or NamUs.

Law enforcement say Michigan is ranked 3rd in the nation for most missing persons. Experts say requiring law enforcement to put case information into NamUs could help lower the state’s number of missing persons.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Dept.

PORTER, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor.

Indiana State Police say a fisherman on Lake Charles in the town of Porter reported something suspicious Sunday morning. They say divers helped recover a female body dressed in dark clothing.

Police say an autopsy will be conducted this week to positively identify the body.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Dept.

The search for a missing Kalamazoo medical student is generating few clues nearly two months after she disappeared. 

Teleka Patrick was last seen December 5, 2013.  Her car was found by the side of the road in northern Indiana in early December.

News stories about Patrick’s “erratic behavior,” including a personal protection order to keep her away from a popular Grand Rapids pastor, have drawn national attention.