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Flint school district officials are putting off decisions on closing some district schools.

Flint Community Schools are facing a multi-million dollar deficit. Earlier this month, district officials floated a proposal to eliminate the debt, that included closing some schools in January.

But that didn’t sit well with parents who packed Tuesday night’s Flint Board of Education meeting.

One parent told the board Flint children have “suffered enough.”

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The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a change that would allow cell phones in court houses. They’re taking public comment this week.

Right now, local judges are allowed to decide whether or not cell phones can be brought into a court.

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The state of Michigan hopes to speed up in-progress adoptions.

Bob Wheaton is a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Some Democratic state lawmakers want to expand access to affordable housing across the state.

New bills introduced on Tuesday would prevent landlords from excluding certain sources of income when determining if the potential tenant qualifies for housing. Those income sources include Section 8 vouchers, disability income, and veterans’ assistance. 

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Today on Stateside, how anemic state funding and fewer students in the classroom are posing challenges for Michigan’s public universities. Plus, why some physicians choose to practice direct primary care.

Invitations will soon be in the mail asking voters to apply to be part of Michigan’s new redistricting commission.

The Michigan Secretary of State has been handed a list of 250,000 randomly selected voters. They will be asked to apply for a position on the commission. The commission will be in charge of drawing political district lines.

People can also apply to serve whether or not they receive a letter.

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The Detroit City Council has rejected a proposal to ask voters to approve the sale of up to $250 million in bonds to eradicate residential blight. Councilmembers voted 6-3 Tuesday against the plan.

Mayor Mike Duggan's office wanted the initiative on the March 2020 ballot with bond funding available next year. It then would take five years to remove residential blight.

Joshua Johnson
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After nearly three years with NPR’s 1A, Joshua Johnson will be stepping down as the show’s host, effective December 20, to join MSNBC as an anchor.  Joshua served as the inaugural host of 1A and has been instrumental in its success as a national talk show, following in the footsteps of The Diane Rehm Show.

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Residents of Grosse Ile are facing longer and more expensive commutes - after the emergency shutdown of one of the island's two bridges last week.

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A new state policy makes it faster and easier for people to get a Michigan ID or driver’s license that matches their gender identity.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the policy change Monday.

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