January 22, 2015: State of the State and State of the Union Recaps

Job training, road funding, and education – what will top the list of priorities in Michigan?  Tonight the MiWeek team takes a closer look at Governor Snyder’s State of the State Address. Plus, we examine President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

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In this segment, the MiWeek team looks at Kevyn Orr’s surprise appearance at the #MiSOTS15 on Tuesday night – what does it mean for Detroit?

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MiWeek State of the State Special

Detroit Public Television Brings You Governor Rick Snyder State of the State Address LIVE TONIGHT starting at 7pm ET

A Special Edition of MiWeek on Detroit Public Television/Ch.56 & online at www.miweek.org, via Twitter & Facebook #MiSOTS

Roads, the economy, schools, jobs…what are your main concerns in 2015? Tune in to Detroit Public Television (DPTV)/Ch. 56 or join us online starting at 7 p.m. tonight, as the MiWeek team brings you live coverage and in-depth analysis of Governor Rick Snyder’s 2015 State of the State address, which he will deliver before a joint session of the State House of Representatives and Senate.

Host of MiWeek, Christy McDonald along with Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News and Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press, will examine the Governor’s address, bring you the Democratic reaction, as well as the reactions of key stakeholders, such as William Jones, CEO of Focus: HOPE, and Pamela Moore, President of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. Both guests will take part in a discussion about the efforts to create a skilled workforce to fill the jobs of tomorrow.

In his fifth State of the State address, the Governor is expected to focus on ways the state will deliver services to the area’s most vulnerable citizens, as well as initiatives to encourage vocational education and skilled trades, especially for students in Detroit Public Schools. In addition, the Governor plans to ask for support for the May 5 statewide ballot proposal to raise the sales tax from 6% to 7%, which will add $1.2 billion annually to fix Michigan’s roads.

Whether it’s education, roads, or the economy—find out how the Governor plans to move Michigan forward. Join us on-air or online starting at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. We also encourage you to send us your questions, and/or reactions to the Governor’s address using #MiSOTS.

January 15, 2015: Wayne County’s New Executive / Governor Snyder’s Busy Agenda / State of the State Preview

 Tonight on MiWeek:

  • Warren Evans, Wayne County’s new County Executive, joins us in-studio to discuss his new position, the challenges, and his ideas for turning the County around.
  • Only a couple weeks into the New Year, and Governor Snyder has already signed a road funding bill for a May vote, and has also appointed a new emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools
  • We preview our special coverage of the Governor’s State of the State address
  • The North American International Auto Show is in town, and the MiWeek team gives you a sneak peek of this year’s show

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January 8, 2015: Fixing Wayne County / Promoting Manufacturing / Drop in Violent Crimes

Happy New Year! 2015 is here and it’s a brand new start for all of us – including leaders here in Michigan and Washington, D.C. But many of 2014’s issues and challenges have carried over into the new year, and tonight the MiWeek team will take a closer look at these issues:

  •  Wayne County has a new leader in Warren Evans, but how will new leadership address the persistent problem of fixing the county’s finances?
  • As the new Republican-controlled Congress was sworn in, President Obama visited Michigan to tout the success of the auto industry bailout
  • Some good numbers for Detroit: a drop in violent offenses and property crimes
  • What has to be done to encourage and support minority entrepreneurship in the “new” Detroit?

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ABJ Interview with Wayne County Executive Warren Evans

ABJ Interview with Detroit Police Chief James Craig

Tougher for blacks to join city’s rebirth by Nolan Finley


December 25, 2014 – Year in Review

On tonight’s episode, we’re taking the opportunity to look back at quite a year in Michigan. From pivotal elections, to Detroit coming out of bankruptcy, to debates over education, and a slowly improving economy. There was no shortage of news in 2014. So take a look back at how Detroit’s bankruptcy got done with Kevyn Orr. Plus, the legacy of senator Carl Levin and Congressman John Dingell. Also, Governor Snyder maps out his next four years with us, and Nolan and Stephen look ahead to 2015.

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December 18, 2014: Education Coalition / Bankruptcy Fees / Road Funding / Fond Farewell

The year is winding down and people are preparing for a holiday break, but tonight Christy McDonald, Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson take a look at the stories making news across the state:

  • A group of 31 prominent Detroiters in business, education, religion, and non-profit sectors have formed a coalition to develop recommendations for improving Detroit schools.
  • The lawyers and consultants who led Detroit through the bankruptcy process must submit final invoices on Monday. Is the tab reasonable in light of the task at hand?
  • It’s come down to the wire to come up with a funding method to repair roads, and lame duck session ends tomorrow. If there’s no compromise, where do we go from here?
  • Honors and praises for Senator Carl Levin and Representative John Dingell as they retire after a combined 94 years of service as members of Congress


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Gov. Rick Snyder will hold a press conference and availability with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, EM Kevyn Orr and Detroit City Council

December 4, 2014: Power Outage / Racial Profiling / Prison Reform / Road Funding

Tonight on MiWeek, the team take a look at issues making news across the state:

  • Many Detroit areas lost power when an old power cable malfunctioned. Is this another reminder of how much work needs to happen to rebuild Detroit?
  • As we watch the events in Ferguson, Missouri, we have to wonder: will racial profiling ever go away?
  • It’s lame duck session, but the legislature could take on a bill that would shorten prison sentences for non-violent offenders.
  • Governor Snyder is making a public push for a major road funding proposal

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For the full discussion, join us tonight at 7:30 on WTVS – Detroit Public Television.


November 20, 2014: Roads Deal / Electoral College Changes / Immigration Order / Nolan’s Cameo

Tonight the MiWeek team tackles important stories making news across Michigan:

  • A senate bill to raise the gas tax to fix roads
  • One lawmaker’s fight to change how Electoral College votes are counted in Michigan
  • The impact of President Obama’s big announcement on immigration reform
  • The Daily Show takes on water shut offs in Detroit – with the help of Nolan Finley

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November 13, 2014: Moving Michigan Forward / Bankruptcy Decision

MiWeek TeamTonight, MiWeek comes to you from the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit – the site of the Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Summit.

Host Chrisy McDonald and the team will sit down with some of the CEOs participating in the conference and discuss Michigan’s future in a global marketplace. Plus, a decision in Detroit’s bankruptcy – but when will the plan take effect?

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