Stateside

Monday-Thursday, 3pm on IPR News
  • Hosted by Cynthia Canty

Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories. The show is a production of our partner Michigan Radio. It focuses on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.

David Maraniss’ earliest memories are in Detroit. He's the associate editor of the Washington Post. Maraniss lived in Detroit until he was six years old and remembers the strong taste of Vernor's.

The Detroit Metropolitan Airport has come a long way. The airport used to be less put together, but in 2002 it took off. Delta opened the McNamara Terminal that year. Then, in 2008, the North Terminal opened.

A 2014 study by the University of Michigan Dearborn found that DTW generated $10.2 billion in economic impact and 86,000 statewide jobs.

Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined us today on Stateside to talk about the airport and its impact. He recently had a sit-down conversation with Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

The U.S. Justice Department, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton have asked Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to shut down its internal investigations into the Flint water crisis.

They say those internal administrative investigations may have damaged their criminal investigations. 

Listen here to Wayne State University Law Professor Peter Henning explain why officials are concerned:

Henning helped us figure out what exactly is going on here.

He said the complaints suggest that during the civil investigation of the crisis, employees of state departments were told they could be fired if they didn’t answer questions.

“What that does under law – and this is under the U.S. Constitution, the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination – what it does is it gives them immunity,” Henning said. “It means that their statements can’t be used against them, nor may any information developed out of that statement be used against them.”

This could impact criminal investigations, Henning said. It would make it difficult for criminal investigators to act on the information, should it fall into their hands.

“So it could substantially compromise the criminal investigations,” Henning said.

I’m very lucky to be an intern for Stateside. So lucky, in fact, that I was provided lunch when I forgot to pack one this week.

On the menu: dried crickets with a dash of chili powder, garlic, salt, and lime.

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