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Stateside: Lawmakers debate masks in schools; mosquito-borne diseases; changing public spaces

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Republicans legislators advance bills to bar Michigan school mask mandates.

Today on Stateside, the Michigan State Legislature takes up a ban on mask mandates in schools. Also, how the COVID era has changed the way we think about and use social spaces. And, we all felt the impact of more mosquitos this year, but does that translate to more mosquito-borne diseases?

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Democratic State Sen. Geiss criticizes GOP-sponsored bills to ban mask and vaccine mandates in schools

  • Erica Geiss is a Democratic state Senator from Taylor.

Behind the scenes with Michigan's mosquito researchers

  • Kristen Finch is a microbiologist with MDHHS.
  • Emily Dinh is a medical entomologist with MDHHS

Transforming streets and sidewalks into social spaces

  • Jonathan Massey is an Architect, historian, and professor and Dean at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Mercedes Mejia is a producer and the Director of Stateside.
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