Stateside: Preparing for coronavirus; GOP leader softens on absentee ballot prep; soul beyond Motown

Feb 26, 2020
Originally published on February 27, 2020 10:48 am

On today's Stateside, lawmakers in Lansing may be ready to throw clerks a lifeline as they prepare to count an onslaught of absentee ballots this primary season. Plus, we'll talk to the state’s top health official about how Michigan is preparing for a potential outbreak of the coronavirus.

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At urging of clerks, state Senate leader backtracks on opposition to prepping absentee ballots early

  • Rick Pluta is Michigan Radio’s Capitol bureau chief.

Macomb County state rep. wants to allow communities to opt out of proposed DIA millage 

  • Jeff Yaroch is a Republican state representative from Richmond.

The coronavirus is coming to the U.S. Here's how Michigan is preparing.

  • Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is the chief medical executive for the state of Michigan.
  • Dr. Preeti Malani is the chief health officer at the University of Michigan.

Detroit soul music goes way beyond Motown

  • Dan Austin is a DJ, history buff, and host of the Motor City Soul Club.
  • Melvin Davis is a soul singer known in Detroit circles as the “Detroit Soul Ambassador.”
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