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Stateside for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Today on Stateside:

  • Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act enters its second year. Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan, was on the show to discuss it.
  • Federal law guarantees that children with disabilities have equal access to education, but is that really the case in practice? Sarah Alvarez with State of Opportunity and Bridge Magazine writer Ron French discuss what's actually the case for Michigan kids.

  • In Michigan, you can be fired or denied housing for being gay. Christine Yared, an attorney from Grand Rapids, is writing a book recounting the tragic story of Gerry Crane.  
  • The USDA has set new standards of nutrition for school meals, vending machines, and snack bars. Yvonne Terry-McElrath is an author of a University of Michigan study from the Institute of Social Research that explores the current problems with school menus. 
  • Chestnuts are a booming business in the state of Michigan, currently leading the nation in production. Michigan State University plant pathologist and professor Dennis Fulbright discuss the importance of chestnuts and their role within the state. 

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