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Stateside: Outbreak of deadly mosquito-borne illness; history of squirrels; promise zone outcomes

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Seven people in Michigan have contracted the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and three have died.


Today on Stateside, what you need to know about the outbreak of a deadly mosquito-borne virus in Michigan. Plus, the growing number of cities in Michigan designating themselves "promise zones" and offering tuition assistance to their high school graduates.  

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

What you should know about the deadly mosquito-borne virus outbreak in Southwest Michigan


Stateside’s conversation with Jim Rutherford

  • Michigan is in the midst of its worst outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in more than a decade. There have been seven confirmed human cases of EEE, including three deaths, mainly in southwest Michigan.
  • Jim Rutherford, Kalamazoo County Health Officer, discusses the steps people should take to reduce the risk of being exposed to infected mosquitos, and explains the warning signs of EEE. 

Little movement as UAW strike enters third day

Stateside’s conversation with Mike Martinez

  • As the UAW strike against General Motors continues into a third day, both sides are still at the bargaining table. Mike Martinez from Automotive News fills us in with updates.

Positively nutty: The peculiar history of Michigan’s squirrels

Stateside’s conversation with Mark Harvey

  • Squirrels are so common in Michigan, it’s easy for us to take them for granted. Written records of squirrels in this area of North America dates back to 1651, but Michigan residents haven’t always had a pleasant companionship with them.
  • Mark Harvey, state archivist, joined Stateside to discuss the state’s history with squirrels of all kinds.

What graduating students get in Michigan’s “promise zones” depends on where they live 

Stateside’s conversation with Michelle Miller-Adams

  • The 2019 high school graduation was a special one for students in Kalamazoo. These graduating seniors were in kindergarten for the start of the Kalamazoo Promise, the program that gives them a tuition-free path to a post-secondary education. Since the launch of that program, more than 20 other communities in the state have launched similar programs. 
  • Grand Valley State University political science professor Michelle Miller-Adams joins Stateside to talk about how those promise programs work, and how they're faring in Michigan.

In new memoir, London police officer writes about 15 years observing Detroit Police Department

Stateside's conversation with Michael Matthews

  • Michael Matthews has been a police officer in London for more than 20 years, and for more than 15 years, he's been observing and acquainting himself with Detroit officers on and off the job. Matthews discusses his new memoir American Ruin, which offers an outsider's view of the Detroit Police Department.

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