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Stateside for Monday, May 12, 2014

The Severstal steel plant complex in Dearborn has been cited 37 times for violating its current state air quality permit. Now the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it had set some standards too high. Two Detroit lawmakers have asked the EPA to step in.

Today, we heard more about what the recent permitting process could mean for the people who live around the Severstal facility.

And we checked in with the veterans and dog lovers who have joined forces to honor the state's war dogs.

Also, there is all sorts of political news coming out of Lansing and Detroit - from the political fate of a long-time Michigan Congressman - to a political move by a top Republican to derail a ballot proposal boosting Michigan's minimum wage - and news on that perennial Michigan topic: repairing potholed, crumbling roads.

So much political news that Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics hosts joined us - Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark.

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