September 4, 2014: Detroit Bankruptcy / Election 2014

MIWEEK324HDseg1It’s week one of Detroit’s bankruptcy trial and the City makes its case for the restructuring plan. Tonight, WDET’s Sandra Svoboda joins us as we take a look at what happened in court and what it all means moving forward. Plus, with election season in full swing we take a closer look at the U.S. Senate race and the new ads hitting airwaves in the governor’s race.

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August 28, 2014: Election Season / Teacher Deadline / Bankruptcy Trial / End of an Era

Tonight on MiWeek, weekly contributor Stephen Henderson is joined by special guests Jenn White, host of Michigan Radio’s “All Things Considered” and Ingrid Jacques, Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News. Here are some of the stories making news across the state:

  • Election season is in full swing – what do the candidates need to do to get your vote?
  • Teachers face a deadline regarding their union membership – will there be many who opt out?
  • Detroit’s bankruptcy trial starts Tuesday – what should we expect during the proceedings?
  • The end of an era for the Detroit Police Department – what’s next?

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August 21, 2014: State of Michigan / New Plan for Detroit Schools / MI GOP Convention / Water Dept. Deal?

Tonight, Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press joins host, Christy McDonald, and weekly contributor Nolan Finley for an analysis of the stories making news across the state:

  • Summer is winding down and that means soon it will be time to head back to school – So what is the state of education in Michigan?
  • A proposal to change the way Detroit schools are run – should the mayor play a role?
  • The Michigan Republican Convention is this weekend – will it turn into Tea Party vs. Establishment?
  • The Detroit Water Department – could the city of Detroit and the suburbs be close to a deal on  a regional water authority?

It’s all on MiWeek!

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August 14, 2014: Flooding Aftermath / Charter School Changes / Bankruptcy Trial Delay

Tonight on MiWeek: Flooding in southeast Michigan is officially a disaster. How much will it cost to clean up, and what does this say about our infrastructure in Michigan? Plus, the debate over charter schools in Michigan and accountability ramps up – just weeks before the school year is set to begin.  And another delay in Detroit’s bankruptcy.  It’s all tonight on MiWeek!

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August 7, 2014: Primary Election Results / Headlines

Join the MiWeek team tonight for our post-Primary Election rundown:

  • Why early polls didn’t mean a thing in two big races
  • Is this the end of a political career for Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano?
  • What is the significance of a Brenda Lawrence win in the 14th Congressional District?
  • An angry acceptance speech on the west side of the state
  • Is it time to change when we have Primary Elections?

Plus, we discuss the fight for gay marriage in Michigan and concerns about Detroit’s post-bankruptcy plan. It’s all tonight on MiWeek!

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July 24, 2014: Detroit Bankruptcy & Water / Election Spotlight / John Dingell & Kim Kardashian

Tonight on MiWeek, host Christy McDonald and contributors Nolan Finley, Nancy Kaffer (Detroit Free Press), and Sandra Svoboda (WDET) examine the stories making news across Michigan:

• Another big step in Detroit’s bankruptcy
• Tensions over water shut offs in Detroit
• A spotlight on the 4th Congressional District
• Cautious optimism for the new stadium and residential plans in downtown Detroit Public Television
• Orange is NOT the new black at a jail in Saginaw
• John Dingell, the E.P.A., and…Kim Kardashian?

It’s all tonight on MiWeek!

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July 17, 2014: Election Spotlight / Detroit Updates / Fireworks & Spies

MIWEEK317HDseg2Detroit again took center stage, nationally and internationally, with the water department’s decision to pursue massive shutoffs for residents owing more than $150. Tonight the MiWeek team takes a look at the water shutoffs in the city and why the issue reached bankruptcy court. Speaking of bankruptcy – it’s been exactly one year since Detroit filed for Chapter 9, so where are we in the process and are things better or worse for the city?

The team also spotlights races in the 11th and 14th congressional districts, as well as the race for Wayne County Executive.

Plus, will Michigan make big fireworks illegal again? And why are some Republicans wearing spy glasses?

It’s all on MiWeek!

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July 10, 2014: DIA Art Appraisal / Charter School Reform / Birth Control Decision / Fill in the Blank

MIWEEK316HDseg4Tonight on MiWeek, host Christy McDonald and contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson take a look at the issues making headlines across the state:

  • A new report on the value of DIA art was released just days before creditors and retirees are to vote, but will the new appraisal have any impact on the bankruptcy vote?
  • A warning from state superintendent to charter schools
  • Senator Carl Levin co-sponsored a bill to reinstate access to birth control for women

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Visit our partner site, Detroit Journalism Cooperative, for more coverage on Detroit’s bankruptcy.

July 3, 2014: The Biggest Discussions from the Mackinac Policy Conference

Tonight on MiWeek, host Christy McDonald revisits some of the biggest conversations from the Mackinac Policy Conference: What will the future hold for Detroit as it works through bankruptcy? What does the future hold for students across the state? Will we see more regional cooperation from Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties? Tune in as Christy talks with

  • Governor Rick Snyder
  • Kevin Orr, Detroit Emergency Manager
  • Tonya Allen, Skillman Foundation CEO
  • Don Graves, Executive Director of President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness
  • L.Brooks Patterson, County Executive of Oakland County
  • Robert Ficano, County Executive of Wayne County
  • Mark Hackel, County Executive of Macomb County

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June 26, 2014: A Conversation with Kevyn Orr & Detroit Bankruptcy Update

MIWEEK314HDseg2Tonight on MiWeek, a conversation with Detroit’s Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr. We’ll get the latest on the city’s bankruptcy and discuss what will happen after the city exits the process. Plus, Mayor Mike Duggan made a promise – a six month promise, to be exact – to the people of Detroit. Our partners with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative help us assess his progress.

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For more coverage on Mayor Duggan’s first six months, from our DJC partners:

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