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Prominent Detroit ministers and local NAACP leaders admit they are in a David vs. Goliath fight to defeat a marijuana legalization ballot question November 6th.

But it’s a fight they say they can win.

Michigan would become the tenth state in the nation, and first in the Midwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use if voters approve Proposal 1 next month.

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Wayne County prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that former Michigan State Trooper Mark Bessner action's went “beyond the pale” when he tasered 15-year-old Damon Grimes during a police chase through a Detroit neighborhood in the summer of 2017.

Bessner’s defense attorney countered the trooper “reasonably believed” that Grimes presented a threat, and that he used appropriate force during a “tense, uncertain, rapidly-evolving situation.”

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A company that employs substitute teachers unexpectedly shut down operations in Michigan on Monday, leaving several school districts around the state scrambling to find solutions.  

The Professional Educational Services Group sent a letter to all its Michigan employees that they were terminated on Monday. The letter states that the company has been "actively seeking capital to keep operations going."

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Some financial disclosures on the governor’s race are due later this week, but Michigan is already on pace to have one of its most expensive governor’s races in the state’s history.

So far, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network has tracked $61 million going toward the race including the primary.

Craig Mauger is with the network. He says a lot of money from dark money groups and other political organizations has poured in to try and influence the election.

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Today on Stateside, the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Superintendents and Administrators talks about how Michigan school districts are responding after a company that provides substitute teachers to more than 100 Michigan districts abruptly closed its offices. Plus, we hear from the Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s next Secretary of State.

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

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The leaves are falling. The pumpkins are on the steps. It's the perfect time of year for a good ghost story!

From now until Halloween, Stateside is bringing you creepy, spooky stories of hauntings from across the state. 

So grab some candy, cozy up under a blanket, and take a listen. 

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Four children in Michigan may have a rare condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

AFM affects a person’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs. The Centers for Disease Control says AFM is associated with viruses such as West Nile, poliovirus, and non-polio enterovirus.

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In the state of Michigan, the Secretary of State oversees public notaries, vehicle registration and automotive licensing, and, perhaps most importantly, serves as the state’s chief elections officer. 

This November, Michiganders will vote to replace incumbent Ruth Johnson (R), who cannot run again due to term limits. Election security and how to best preserve the integrity of Michigan votes are key issues in this race. 

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When it comes to identifying a state politically, the shorthand is often “red state” for Republican or “blue state” for Democratic.

But Michigan’s shade is a bit more nuanced.

Several political experts agree: Michigan is a purple state. Though how much red and blue is in that purple is evolving.

For years, Michigan has tended to elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate and the presidency, but it’s picked Republicans for statewide office.

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The University of Michigan has seen sexual misconduct complaints against faculty, staff and third parties shoot up 161% in one year, according to a new university report.

The report covers complaints made from July 2017 through June 2018. U of M policy defines sexual misconduct as a range of behaviors, ranging from inappropriate comments to sexual assault and stalking.

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