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Stateside for Thursday, April 21, 2016

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  • Daniel Howes weighs in on the criminal charges filed against one Flint utility official and two state water quality experts for their roles in the Flint water crisis.
  • Two years after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, residents are still concerned that police are too quick to shoot unarmed black people. Research has shown that more police training could be the key to solving racial bias. 
  • Michigan's Court of Appeals decided recently that voter approval is not needed for cities to be able to lease drilling rights under public parks and cemeteries. Eric Freedman talks us through the decision.
  • For many black activists, digital technologies are important spaces of solace, solidarity, struggle and connection. At a recent conference at the University of Michigan, local and national black activists discussed the myriad ways that black organizers use technology for both politics and pleasure, online and offline. 
  • Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton and Mercedes Mejia are back from Havana! They share their impressions of Cuba and what lies ahead for the country. 
  • Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, calls the Michigan Board of Education "an archaic relic of the past," and says Michigan doesn't need it. But the board's vice president, Casandra Ulbrich, argues otherwise
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