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Stateside for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Today on Stateside:

  • Hearings continue today on state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat’s use of state resources to cover up, among other things, an extramarital affair. Rick Pluta gives us an update.
  • This week’s third edition of Culture Lab Detroit focuses on figuring out how to put Detroit’s 23 square miles of vacant land to use. The design and urbanism symposium’s founder, Jane Schulak, joins us today.
  • 27 years ago, a fed-up John George rallied his Detroit neighbors to board up a crack house. That was the start of Motor City Blight Busters. A new documentary captures his story.
  • Bay City is the home of the first-ever Wizard Fest: A Harry Potter Fan Festival running this Friday through Sunday. Organizer Cary Ewing tells us why Bay City is the perfect place for Wizard Fest.
  • The city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, has contamination in its aquifer, and the federal government has ordered the city to find a new source of water by 2018. Gary Wilson sits down with us to talk about their plan and what it could mean for the Great Lakes.
  • Darth Vapor. Cloud 9. K2. Synthetic drugs have been a concern in Michigan for years. Victor Fitz gives us some insight into the problem and shares some advice for parents.
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