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Stateside 2.20.2017

Today we hear from Kalamazoo's mayor on the one-year anniversary of a shooting rampage. Then, a Michigan playwright is inspired by his parents' World War II love letters. Plus, the beloved game of Euchre! Why is it still a thing in Michigan? To find individual interviews, click here or see below: Kalamazoo mayor: A year later, mass shooting has had little impact on larger gun violence debate Bacon: Red Wings' record playoff streak "almost certain to end," and timing couldn't be worse Parents' 900 World War II love letters inspire playwright's latest work How a tool-sharing program could forge stronger neighborhoods Is Michigan the buckle of the euchre belt? Record-breaking warm weather in February "unusual, but not unprecedented"

Record-breaking warm weather in February "unusual, but not unprecedented"

Some folks in Michigan were walking around outside with t-shirts this past weekend, and just in case you haven't checked the calendar, it's February! It's just the latest chapter in the often unpredictable and strange weather here in the Great Lakes State.

Record-breaking warm weather in February "unusual, but not unprecedented"

Kalamazoo mayor: A year later, mass shooting has had little impact on larger gun violence debate

One year ago today, Kalamazoo found itself in the cross hairs of gun violence. Jason Dalton is charged with the shooting spree that left six people dead and two badly wounded. Tonight, the city will remember those victims and survivors with a candlelight vigil. Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell joined Stateside to talk about how the city of Kalamazoo is doing and how the shootings changed the people who live there.

Kalamazoo mayor: A year later, mass shooting has had little impact on larger gun violence debate

Is Michigan the buckle of the euchre belt?

Get a group of Michiganders together, add a deck of cards, and chances are pretty good you'll wind up with a game of euchre. It was once dubbed "the queen of all card-games" and was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But its popularity waned through the 20th century. That is, except in Michigan and a handful of Midwestern states, nicknamed the "Euchre Belt."

Bacon: Red Wings' record playoff streak "almost certain to end," and timing couldn't be worse

In all the four major sports, no team has had a longer streak of consecutive playoff appearances than the Detroit Red Wings . The last 25 years, Red Wings fans have enjoyed playoff hockey in the spring, but that could be coming to an end.

Bacon: Red Wings' record playoff streak "almost certain to end," and timing couldn't be worse

How a tool-sharing program could forge stronger neighborhoods

The Next Idea You can't rebuild your home or your neighborhood without tools. But tools cost money. Here's a solution: a community tool-sharing program. "Shovel Share" is just that, and it's a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge . Should the idea win, Shovel Share would create a network of tool-sharing centers around Detroit.

Don't underestimate Stabenow, again

Well, it is still deep winter, even if it doesn't feel like it. The Super Bowl is over, and the baseball exhibition season hasn't gotten started. So naturally, the restless minds of those interested in politics are turning to the next election, or make that, elections. State Senator Coleman Young Jr., who is term-limited and will need a new job, has announced he is running for mayor of Detroit.

What's really behind GOP push for income tax rollback?

There's a battle over taxes emerging in Lansing. Is it real? Or is it actually a proxy for other looming political fights? Tax rollback We could see action soon on a plan that would begin to rollback and eventually, after four decades, completely eliminate the state income tax. But this idea from state House Republicans is getting the cold shoulder from Governor Rick Snyder, a lot of state Senate Republicans and, not to mention Democrats. Republicans who support the tax rollback say, because the state is running a budget surplus, that the money should be returned to taxpayers. They also say there was a promise that a tax rate hike under Governor Granholm was only meant to be temporary. But that promised rollback was stopped in 2011 by Governor Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans in order to balance the budget. "Right now, this is about restoring that promise that was promised to our citizens several years ago. We believe that the hard-working taxpayers of this state deserve to have

What the devil is it about deviled eggs?

There's no question that deviled eggs are a staple at family reunions and church picnics. But what makes them "deviled"? Maybe it's all the things they can be stuffed with that aren't very good for you. Besides mayonnaise, we've found recipes that include cream cheese , bacon , condensed milk and ranch dressing . That's not a bad guess, but these delectable little goodies actually get their name from a different ingredient.

Week in Review: Income tax bill and Republican plans

A proposal to get rid of Michigan's income tax is quickly moving along in the Legislature. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether the Republican-backed bill will go all the way. They also discuss the action plan state House Republicans rolled out this week, the state Board of Education's call to hold off closing any schools this fall, and a planned set of bills to rectify the mess at the state Unemployment Insurance Agency.

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