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The speaker of the state House won’t support a proposal aimed at electing presidents based on the national popular vote.

There’s bipartisan support in the Legislature for Michigan to join a compact that 12 states have already joined called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Once enough states have entered into the compact to decide a presidential election, those states would cast their Electoral College votes for the candidate who won the national popular vote.

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Today on Stateside, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Bill Gelineau says he would cut Medicaid costs by rewarding young women for not getting pregnant before age 23. Plus, 100 years ago, the world’s deadliest flu pandemic hit Michigan and killed roughly 19,000 people.

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Shelter leader responds to complaints from homeless Kalamazoo residents in ongoing protests

Bryce Huffman

The city of Kalamazoo has said it will begin to disperse an encampment of homeless residents and other protesters from a popular park downtown on Tuesday evening.

Update: 10:24 p.m.

No arrests have been made, despite threats of removal from the park and potential arrest if the park wasn't vacated by 7 p.m.

There were several people who came to support the protesters who made a circle around the homeless residents, who were prepared to spend the night in jail for their cause. 

Shannon Sykes Nehring, a Kalamazoo City Commissioner who is protesting with the homeless residents, says it's important that all the protesters stay together.

"So that if and when the police come to arrest folks, we know where they go, we can make sure they’re safe and we can get them help," she said.

Original post: 5:14 p.m.

The homeless residents have been protesting in Bronson Park since August 19, after the city proposed alternative penalties for sleeping overnight in a park.

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The state's voting system needs to be improved to ensure that overseas military ballots are received on time and counted, according to Jocelyn Benson, Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State.

Benson unveiled her military voting plan Tuesday, as part of her pledge "to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat."

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Former Senator John Francis Kelly, who served four consecutive terms in the Michigan State Senate and helped push Michigan to become the last state needed to ratify the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, has died of a heart attack. He was 69.

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A defense lawyer wants a mental health evaluation for the man accused of carrying out a terrorist attack at Flint’s airport last year.

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The city of Kalamazoo says it will disperse a group of homeless protesters who've been occupying a downtown park, starting Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents. That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday. It found that people on the plan improved their financial health after getting the insurance coverage.

Sarah Miller is a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She worked on the study. Miller says they found that because people were in less financial stress health-wise, they didn’t overdraw their credit cards and they paid bills on time. That means their credit scores got better.

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Today on Stateside, a young activist in Detroit is appealing her conviction for pulling an unloaded gun on another woman in what she says was self-defense. Plus, the ups and downs of the family restaurant are the focus of Ann Arbor writer Lillian Li’s debut novel.

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Teresa Weatherall Neal announced Monday that she’s retiring as Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Weatherall Neal says she came to the decision after her sister suddenly passed way in July.

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