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Stateside: Lawmaking during a pandemic; when sports are cancelled; a goodbye for “Mr. Tiger”

Today in Lansing, leaders in the Legislature asked lawmakers clock in, get their temperatures taken, and vote on Governor Whitmer's emergency powers.

Today on Stateside, the Michigan Legislature convened in Lansing today, but some lawmakers question the safety of meeting in person. We hear from one of them, and talk about what lawmaking looks like in the middle of a pandemic. Plus, how plasma donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19 could protect health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Legislature called to session in Lansing despite opposition from Dems  

Stateside’s conversations with Rick Pluta and Julie Brixie

  • Rick Pluta is Michigan Radio's Capitol bureau chief. 
  • State Representative Julie Brixie is a Democrat from Meridian Township.

How the desolation of Detroit sports venues could impact the city’s downtown economy

Stateside’s conversation with Bill Shea

  • Bill Shea covers the business of sports for The Athletic.

"Mr. Tiger" Al Kaline dies at 85

Stateside’s conversation with John Niyo

Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients could be key to future treatment

Stateside’s conversation with Nigel Paneth

  • Dr. Nigel Paneth is an epidemiologist at Michigan State University and is on the leadership team for the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.

Leelanau County sees influx of seasonal residents seeking shelter from COVID-19

Interlochen Public Radio’s Noelle Riley reports

  • Interlochen Public Radio’s Noelle Riley reports on the flood of visitors making their way to Leelanau County amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan.
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