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Stateside for Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today on Stateside:

Melissa Gilbert, best known for her role in Little House on the Prairie, wants to go to Congress. She’s running as a Democrat in Michigan’s 8th District, but personal financial troubles and her relatively new status as a resident could stand in her way. Detroit Free Press reporter Todd Spangler joins us to talk about it.

Last month the National Cherry Festival wrapped up its 89th year in Traverse City. When you think Northern Michigan, you think cherries. So why is the Guinness record for World’s Largest Cherry Pie held by Oliver, British Columbia? Patrick Sullivan wrote about the Battle of the Cherry Pies for Northern Express.

Gabriella Burman turned the pain and anguish over the death of her young daughter into a collection of seven essays titled Michaela. She sits down to talk with us about her daughter and putting painful memories on paper.

Milo Birch is an improvisational keyboardist from Marquette who has just released his third album. He’s also 11 years old. Birch talks with us today about his experience as a musician.

All signs point to a bad year for algae in Lake Erie, perhaps the worst since 2011, when the green slime covered a fifth of Erie’s surface. We talk to Bridge Magazine writer Ted Roelofs to determine if volunteer efforts are enough to stop or even reduce the algae blooms.

How do HIPAA and Michigan law interact? And how is HIPAA being misunderstood and misused? Attorney Elizabeth Callahan-Morris explains a bit about how the rule sets work together and what you can do to get out in front of HIPAA confusion.

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