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Stateside for Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Today on Stateside:

  • It's taken years of bickering and gridlock and a ballot proposal that was kicked to the curb by voters, but state lawmakers have finally passed a road funding package. Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing reporter Jake Neher gives us some of the details.

  • Former state Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat decided they weren't going to go away quietly, and both ran for their old seats after Courser resigned and Gamrat was expelled from the state House. Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood tells us how things went for them yesterday. 

  • A young filmmaker returns to his Michigan roots for his first feature film, inspired by his uncle's bicycle trek around Lake Superior back in 1971. We talk to writer-director Edd Benda about the new film Superior

  • As we move through the early 21st century, technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This got Stateside producer Mike Blank wondering: Just when does former cutting-edge technology become obsolete?

  • The fastest-growing population in Michigan's prisons? Aging inmates. That has presented a critical challenge: how to provide end-of-life care to those inmates. That's where a prison hospice program called CHOICES comes into play.

  • Murder, intrigue and polygamy on a sleepy island in northern Lake Michigan. Our MI Curious team looks into the story of the Mormon kingdom on Beaver Island in the 1800s. 

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