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Food stamp debit cards back to normal in Michigan

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Michigan's debit card-style food stamps program is working again after a technical problem crashed the system in 17 states.

State Human Services Department spokesman Dave Akerly says Michigan's Bridge Card system is back up Sunday.

He says that Xerox provides technical services for the Bridge Card program and similar food stamps programs in 16 other states. He says the problem began Saturday and Xerox fixed it late in the day.

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe says the outage was unrelated to the federal government shutdown.

Ohio and Illinois also were affected, as were Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

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