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Shortage of veteran benefit experts means Michigan struggles to get vets the help they need

All this week on Stateside , we're looking at why more Michigan veterans aren't getting the help they may be entitled to from the VA. The state has consistently ranked in the bottom five states and territories when it comes to helping veterans and their families access federal VA benefits.

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Legalizing recreational marijuana would net half a billion dollars in new state tax revenue over its first five years, that's according to a new study.

The study was commissioned by the group behind the November ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.

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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says its most recent legislative scorecard for the 2017 - 2018 session paints a bleak picture.

Lisa Wozniak is the bipartisan group's executive director. She says a low point was the state legislature's approval of a bill that gives polluters a say in setting cleanup standards. Governor Snyder signed the bill into law.

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A federal district judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Eastern Michigan University's cuts to women's varsity sports. 

Judge George Caram Steeh says he issued the injunction because it is likely that two female athletes who sued EMU will prevail in their lawsuit, alleging that EMU violated Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.  

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has granted 43-year old Francis Anwana a one-year reprieve of deportation to Nigeria.

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The Judicial Tenure Commission has begun a hearing on a complaint against Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan.

Brennan is accused of hiding conflicts of interest in cases before her -- ordering court staff to do personal work for her -- and treating people in her courtroom with contempt.

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The Office of the Secretary of State says it expects long lines today as it eliminates driver responsibility fees.

The fees were a penalty in addition to tickets from driving infractions. Those fees could cost drivers upwards of $ 1,000 every year. Drivers who couldn’t pay had their licenses suspended.

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Congressman Dan Kildee and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow want to help veterans who were exposed to industrial chemicals known as PFAS.

That’s why they introduced legislation September 28 to help those veterans and their families get the healthcare they need.

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Nurses at the University of Michigan say they’ve reached a tentative three-year agreement with Michigan Medicine, ending their threat of a strike.

Just last week U of M nurses voted to authorize their union to call a three-day work stoppage, citing unfair labor practices. Ninety-four percent of the votes were in favor of the authorization.

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You’d think eight years of economic growth declining unemployment … and the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history would be the makings of a “new” Michigan. You know, one unhitched from its contentious, anti-business past.

You’d be wrong, no matter what Republicans and the Detroit revival crowd say. From the Democratic nominee for governor and the Detroit City Council to labor unions and neighborhood group’s markers of Old Detroit are resurfacing.

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Today on Stateside, our political analysts weigh in on a study that suggests Michigan is unprepared for another recession. Then, we talk to a member of a grassroots, campus-based organization working to bridge the American political divide. Plus, the future of plant-based plastics.

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