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Stateside for April 20, 2016

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  • Criminal charges related to Flint’s drinking water crisis have been filed against two state water quality experts and a Flint water utility supervisor. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports.
  • Talia Buford is an environmental reporter from Flint, but when her own mother complained about brown water, she passed over the story. She wrote a story about this heart-wrenching experience that went viral this past weekend. 

Listen to our interview with Talia Buford, a reporter in the Center for Public Integrity's environment and labor team

  • After crisscrossing the country for more than three decades, and spending 15 years as part of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, Paula Poundstone has gone from Greyhound bus terminal cafeterias in the 1980s to the Comedy Hall of Fame. Now, she’s back in Michigan.
  • Pain is hard enough to diagnose in humans, but there’s an added layer when you consider pets. Mike Petty, veterinarian and author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs, has made pain and its treatment the specialty of his practice.

Listen to our interview with Dr. Michael Petty

  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs. Mental health activists expressed deep concern at this and now it seems state lawmakers have listened.

Listen to our interview with Jay Greene, a health care and medical journalist with Crain's Detroit Business

  • Virtual schools or blended schools that combine virtual and traditional face-to-face teaching are a national trend. However, according to a study from The National Education Policy Center, these virtual schools – most of which are run by private, for-profit companies, are doing a poor job of educating our kids.
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