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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
8:20 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Hackathon looks to diversify opportunities to work in technology

Ford STEM Lab

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:42 pm

The focus will be on how to increase diversity in tech jobs as a hundred Detroit middle schoolers gather this weekend for a two-day hackathon. It's put on by Ford STEAM Lab, which is part of the Ford Motor Company Fund in conjunction with partners like California-based #YesWeCode and the Level Playing Field Institute.

The hackathon will allow young people to work with technology professionals to pitch ideas for their own mobile app and build a prototype in 48 hours.

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Stateside
3:57 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Detroit Public Schools miss pension payments, sink deeper into debt

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:29 am

Detroit Public Schools is $53 million behind in pension payments with no end in sight for the financial free-fall.

According to Chad Livengood of The Detroit News, the district is predicting a deficit of $166 million.

"The biggest driver to the DPS deficit is legacy costs and past debt," Livengood says.

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Stateside
3:46 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

John U. Bacon on Michigan State's spot in the Sweet 16

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:30 am

On Friday night Michigan State faces Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA March Madness. It's Michigan State's seventh Sweet 16 in eight seasons.

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Stateside
3:36 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

UAW puts pressure on automakers to close wage gap

UAW members gathered in Detroit this week to let local delegates air their views about what the union should demand in contract talks with U.S. automakers later this year.

The discussion has centered on the two-tier pay system that's been in place for the last eight years.

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Stateside
3:17 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

We're told to collaborate more, but how, exactly?

A grassroots program in Ann Arbor encourages residents to get to know each other and share goals.

The Next Idea

For new ideas to flourish, for innovations to truly take hold and change our communities, we hear all the time that we in Michigan need to connect and collaborate more and be more civil to each other. But how, exactly?

Collaboration and civility are feel-good abstractions that well-meaning folks use, but often without offering a clear pathway to actually achieving improvement. Instead, we are left with flimsy takeaways that basically say, “Just try harder to be more open” or "Just go meet people." 

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