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Stateside for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Today on Stateside:

  • Republican Congressman Dan Benishek announced today that he will not run for a fourth term. Michigan Radio’s Zoe Clark talks with us about what to make of the decision.
  • The bubonic plague – yes, that bubonic plague – has come to Michigan. But Dr. Eden Wells is here to tell us that we have little cause for concern.
  • Self-taught architect Earl Young put Charlevoix on the map with his wildly creative houses. Young and his stone houses are the subject of a new documentary called The Wizard of Boulder Park.
  • After 15 hours of drama, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were expelled from the State House last Friday. That has Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry wondering when Democrats are going to stop pointing fingers and start cleaning up their own mess: Detroit Democratic Sen. Virgil Smith.
  • By official economic measures, this country has emerged from the Great Recession. But recovery is not being felt in many neighborhoods in large and mid-sized cities. Alana Semuels explores this question in a piece for The Atlantic.
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