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Gerrymandering — the practice of drawing state legislative and congressional districts to favor one political party over another — is back in the news. Republican state lawmakers are proposing measures to weaken efforts to overhaul the process by which these maps are drawn.

That’s despite a recent judicial order to design new district maps for 2020 and voters’ approval last fall of Proposal 2, which transfers the process to a redistricting commission. But old habits die hard, as they say. So Jer talks Gerrymandering.

Also on today’s show:

  • The hulking McLouth Steel plant on the Detroit River in Trenton is now a federal Superfund priority site, making it eligible for federal dollars for environmental cleanup.
  • Authorities raided the home of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith over possible misuse of public forfeiture funds.
  • Developers recently broke ground on the construction of the new Oakland County Business Center, which will rise on the site of what is currently the Summit Place Mall in Waterford Township. [Oakland Press]
  • The Iron Belle Continuation project, which aims to connect Detroit to Downriver communities along the larger Iron Belle Trail, won a $1.9 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
  • Olga’s is returning to the city of Detroit, this time opening in the MGM Grand casino’s food court.
  • And we get all history-nerdy over the Detroit Mounted Police.

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