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Stateside: State Supreme Court hears unemployment fraud case; legacy of Detroit’s Dr. Ossian Sweet

Oct 10, 2018

 

Today on Stateside, will the 44,000 people who were wrongfully accused of unemployment fraud be able to sue the state? Plus, the legacy of the 1920’s African-American Doctor who purchased a home on Detroit's segregated East Side.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

 

Michigan Supreme Court hears appeal for lawsuit against state for false fraud accusations

  • Jennifer Lord is the lead attorney in a class action lawsuit against the state. She joined us to discuss the lawsuit, which was filed after the state falsely accused more than 40,000 people of unemployment insurance fraud.

 

Dr. Ossian Sweet defended his home from a violent white mob in 1925. He was charged with murder.

 

  • Rachel Clark, a Michigan History Center education specialist, explains the historical significance of Dr. Ossian Sweet's former home on Detroit’s East Side.

  • Kevin Boyle, a professor of History at Northwestern University, provides information about the life and legacy of Dr. Ossian Sweet.

 

This segment is produced in partnership with the Michigan History Center.

 

Voter voices: being informed, and civil, matters   

 

  • We've been sending reporters and producers across the state to ask people two questions: What are the most important issues for you as a Michigan voter? What concerns you most about our political climate right now? Today we hear from Jay Davis and Donna Talbot.

 

Michigan ranks near bottom in linking vets to VA benefits. State Rep. says we need to move up, now.

 

  • Republican State Representative Jason Wentworth worked to get a bill signed into law earlier this year that makes state funds available for county governments to help veterans apply for federal VA benefits. We discuss the bill and the progress Michigan has made in caring for its veterans.

 

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