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Cynthia Canty

Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories. The show is a production of our partner Michigan Radio. It focuses on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.

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Stateside
7:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Story of gay high school teacher to illustrate lack of civil rights protections

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:20 am

In Michigan, you can be fired or denied housing for being gay. That's because there are no LGBT protections in the state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

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Stateside
7:08 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Michigan's chestnut industry is booming

During this holiday season, we hear Nat King Cole crooning about those chestnuts again. Did you know that Michigan leads the nation in chestnut production?

Yet most of us have never eaten a chestnut. That is something Dennis Fulbright wants to change. He's a plant pathologist and professor with Michigan State University.

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Stateside
6:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Education quality varies widely for children with disabilities

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:22 pm

Federal law guarantees that children with disabilities have equal access to education. But what that actually looks like for Michigan kids very much depends upon where you live.

An investigation by Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project and Bridge Magazine has turned up disparities in the way schools choose which students should be in special education and the actual level of those services. Sarah Alvarez with State of Opportunity joined us, along with Bridge Magazine writer Ron French.

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Stateside
6:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Affordable Care Act enrollment heading into 2015

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:32 pm

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is in its second year. Many of the benchmark plans that were available for 2014 are changing for 2015.

How has enrollment been going and what do we need to know as we enroll? Marianne Udow-Phillips is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan.

*Listen to Udow-Phillips above.

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Stateside
6:42 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

USDA sets new nutrition standards for schools

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:30 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set new standards of nutrition for school meals, school vending machines, and snack bars. The agency wants to limit fat, sugar, sodium and calories.

A study by a team at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research shows how badly school menus and food offerings needed to be overhauled.

Yvonne Terry-McElrath is an author of the study.

*Listen to Terry-McElrath below


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