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Stateside for Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Are Detroit's pet coke piles coming back? The people who had to live near four-story piles of pet coke, and breathe in clouds of pet coke dust last year before the stuff was moved out, are now watching to see if Detroit Bulk Storage is trying to get pet coke back on the Detroit riverfront.

Dave Battagello has been tracking this story for The Windsor Star.

Also today our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, is turning 200 this year. Today we’ll hear about a project that’s highlighting the different versions of the song. And then, as more and more people are questioning the safety of the chemicals around us, health leaders are trying to understand the risks. We talk about a new statewide program that aims to train health professionals about environmental health risks and activism.

And then there has been much talk about opportunities for entrepreneurs in Detroit.

After more than a century of being dominated by big business – General Motors, Chrysler, Packard – the new look of business in Detroit is small, nimble, and full of innovation.

Some have raised the question whether there has been an inordinate amount of attention paid to white entrepreneurs – and male entrepreneurs.

Lisa Cook, an associate professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, says that many are ignoring women and ethnic minorities’ role in Detroit’s entrepreneurial scene.