7/30/15: A Conversation with Detroit Police Chief James Craig

Tonight on MiWeek, Detroit Police Chief James Craig joins us in-studio for an in-depth conversation about crime in Detroit. The team will talk with Chief Craig about the rising incidences of gun violence in the city and overall crime in Detroit. Plus, we’ll discuss police chase policies, the need for community involvement in solving crimes, and the recent carjackings that have been captured on surveillance cameras.

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7/23/15: City Emails / County Money / Party Lines / Council Votes

Tonight on MiWeek:

Governor Snyder announces that he is in agreement with the sate review team’s assessment of Wayne County – it is in financial emergency. Now, it’s up to the Wayne County Commission to determine the next steps.

Should the Mayor and City of Detroit employees conduct city business using personal email accounts? That situation recently came to light, and the MiWeek team weighs in on the fallout.

Plus, Michigan Democrats want to take politics out of the redistricting process and let an independent committee redraw the political boundary lines every 10 years. The idea is garnering a national discussion after the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a similar model in Arizona.


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7/16/15: Flag Flap / Iran Deal / Illegal Art? / Good News

Tonight on MiWeek:

  • General Motors stands behind Chevrolet’s sponsorship of Kid Rock’s summer tour, even though a local civil rights group is urging the automaker to cut financial ties with the singer because he may display a Confederate Flag on stage as he has in the past. Will this impact GM?
  • U.S. lawmakers, including some of Michigan’s congressional delegation, express skepticism over the historic nuclear agreement with Iran. Plus, how will it impact the next President?
  • Famous graffiti artist Shepard Fairey is charged with malicious destruction of Detroit property for tagging buildings in the city. The debate rages on: Was he helping or hurting the City?
  • The MiWeek team debuts a new segment, “A Good Week,” that looks at the people who were positively impacted by various news stories this week.

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MiWeek Web Exclusive: Extended Dan Varner Interview (7/9/15)

As Detroit Public Schools closes out the fiscal year with a $238 million deficit, national education experts have been visiting the City at the invitation of Excellent Schools Detroit.  Christy interviews ESD CEO Dan Varner about the visits and what advice the school reformers are providing for improving education in Detroit.

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7/9/15: Tuition Jump / Expert Advice for DPS / Registry Changes? / Empty Homes

Some staggering numbers this week for students heading to college in Michigan this fall, as two universities decide to jack up tuition past the state’s cap. Even if you don’t have anyone going to college, the price of education and the lack of state funding will impact all of us here in the state. Also, as Detroit Public Schools drown in debt, education leaders come to the city to offer advice. We hear about their visit from Excellent Schools Detroit CEO Dan Varner. Plus, the case of a teenage boy who is likely to end up on a sex offender registry for the rest of his life – should laws be changed? And Detroit’s foreclosure crisis is causing blight and costing the city hundreds of millions of dollars. Tonight, we trace the roots of the problem.

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Foreclosures fuel Detroit blight, cost city $500 million via The Detroit News

Extended Interview with Dan Varner

MiWeek Web Exclusive – 7/9/15

7/2/15: Detroit Schools / Regional Transportation / Kevyn Orr / Roundtable Discussion

Tonight on MiWeek, we hear what Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan, and members of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren think about the future of Detroit schools. Plus, host Christy McDonald interviews CEO of the Regional Transit Authority, Michael Ford, about creating a master transportation plan for southeast Michigan. Christy also talks with Kevyn Orr, the former emergency manager for the city of Detroit, about the pivotal moments in the city’s bankruptcy process and the number one question he gets about Detroit.

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6/25/15: Gun Violence / The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage / The Confederate Flag

Host Christy McDonald and contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley discuss gun violence, gay marriage and the recent controversy surrounding the confederate flag. They highlight points such as the rising crime rate, expectations from the impending Supreme Court decision and the negative symbolism associated with the confederate flag.

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6/18/15: County Help / City Support / POTUS Poll / 2016 Budget

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has one of the toughest jobs around. He inherited a huge deficit and quickly tried to make cuts to keep the county out of bankruptcy, or under emergency management. Now, Evans wants help from the state. We discuss what this means for the budget and county services.

Plus, the Ford Foundation is meeting in Detroit for the first time since moving away nearly 70 years ago. Why is this series of meetings in Motown a big deal?

And Governor Snyder signs a new state budget. The team will take a look at what’s in it – and what’s not.

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Plus, the MiWeek team weighs in on racial identity and the scandal involving Rachel Dolezal, former president of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP.


6/11/15: City Curfew / End Campus Assaults / Good Jobs / Pistons Partner?

Summer is almost here and one of the most anticipated family events in Detroit takes place in just a couple of weeks: The annual fireworks celebration. But there is controversy surrounding the curfew. Tonight the MiWeek team examines why expanding the curfew for kids beyond the fireworks is a concern for some parents and community groups.

Also, First Lady Sue Snyder sets out to end sexual assaults on Michigan college campuses. Plus, TV host Mike Rowe explains why the skilled trades can give a boost to Michigan.

In the web exclusive below, Stephen and Nolan discuss the new faith-based adoption bill that allows religious adoption agencies the ability to deny couples based on sexual orientation.

Stephen VS. Nolan:

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6/4/15: Tax Hike? / Water Deal / Road Fix / Detroit Talk

This week it seemed everywhere you looked, it was all about the money. First, a $52 million structural deficit, could taxpayers get the tab for a court-ordered judgment? Also, major issues surround the lease of Detroit’s water and sewerage system to a regional water authority.  Plus, the legislature is inching toward fixing Michigan’s roads and landing a budget. And how do those who live outside of the city and state see Detroit? It’s all coming up tonight on MiWeek.

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