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Stateside for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Today on Stateside:

Michigan's local food movement is thriving, and we're seeing more chefs who deeply care about what they buy and from whom. Metro Times writer Michael Jackman tells us about a meal prepared by Chef Rigato of The Root in White Lake Township, and how he traced nearly 100% of its ingredients to Michigan producers.

The power of forgiveness, the power of trust, and the often-complicated, sometimes-thorny relationship between a mother and a daughter. Those are some of the themes that Lansing's Lori Nelson Spielman explores in her latest novel Sweet Forgiveness.

There's just something about watching a cat riding a Roomba wearing a little shark suit that can cheer up the grumpiest of days. So, why not kitties and cappuccino? Miranda Bono is on track to soon open the very first "cat cafe" in Michigan. She will call her Ann Arbor cafe The Cat's Meow.

In 1994, Michigan opened the door to school choice. It permitted school districts to welcome students from other school districts. Now, Joshua Cowen is heading a first-of-its-kind study exploring how school choice is working for Michigan’s students.

Just about five years ago, DNR Parks and Recreation scrapped the long-time window sticker entry system in favor of an annual license plate pass. Today, that "recreation passport" costs $11 and it will get you into Michigan's 98 state parks, recreation areas and boat launches. Bridge Magazine’s Ted Roelofs gives us the lowdown on the system’s success.

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