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Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.

The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. He would stop to chat, show off a Detroit-made Shinola watch he was sporting on his wrist, and pose with clusters of fans as aides tried to keep the president’s group on the move.

Union carpenter Tim Zamecki got in a few words with the former president, and was clearly emotional about it.

Green Party Presidential running mates Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka at a Michigan campaign event in September.
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While Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have taken up most of Detroit’s attention on Saturday, another candidate was trying to shore up votes for Election Day.

Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein held a rally in the Eastern Marketplace with her running mate Ajamu Baraka.

This was their first joint appearance since the Green Party convention in August.

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Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools. But 124 schools remain.

The Michigan School Reform Office released a list of the bottom five percent of schools based on academic performance Thursday.

Thirty-one schools were named so-called priority schools for the first time. The rest have been on the list before.

Most of the schools on the list come from Detroit, but also include schools in Benton Harbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, and the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan.

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At least half of students in every grade scored “below proficient” on every subject of the M-STEP, this year’s state standardized test.

Still, the Michigan Department of Education is happy with the improvements that have been made.

The results show gains in two-thirds of the grades and subjects tested compared to last year.

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There will be a new round of court filings this week in the battle to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot. 

The MI Legalize campaign is expected to file a set of motions Tuesday in an effort to get the case settled in time for the November 2016 election.

Last June, the organization filed a lawsuit with the Michigan Court of Claims challenging a signature rule. The rule says any signatures for a petition gathered outside a 180-day window are invalid.

Gov. Rick Snyder addresses Michigan’s comeback at the Republican state convention.
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Michigan Republicans were in Grand Rapids this past weekend to finalize their slate on the November ballot and fire up for the final weeks of the election season. 

With the theme of 'Protect our Comeback,' the GOP hoped to energize voters for the upcoming election.

Polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Michigan, and GOP leaders fear that will affect other races on the ballot.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is going to have to change how it handles some of its food assistance claims. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, benefits can be revoked from anyone who committed a felony and is fleeing authorities.  

But the U.S Court of Appeals recently said that Michigan was not following the rule correctly.

Michigan was applying SNAP’s felon rule to anyone with an outstanding felony warrant. The state had a computer system that would automatically cancel benefits if someone had a felony warrant and SNAP benefits.

Lawmakers and regular folks stroll the Farmers Market at the Capitol on Thursday, August 25.
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Lawmakers and regular folks strolled past more than 70 venders at the Farmers Market at the Capitol Thursday.

But while goers ogled the plethora of fruits and vegetables, State Representative Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs) was there to bring attention to the lack of healthy food access in Michigan.

Pagel is sponsoring a bill he says would increase the availability of healthy food in Michigan - particularly in rural and urban areas.

A veteran’s home in Marquette says it’s already fixed problems found by the state Auditor General.

After a four month review, the auditor raised concerns about the D.J Jacobetti Home for Veterans control over medications and its background checks of volunteers.

Officials with the home say they’d started fixing the issues before the auditors visited, and the issues had to be raised because they were previously not in compliance.

Leslie Shanlian is the CEO of the Michigan Veteran Health System. She says Jacobetti has a history of good performance. | CC BY 2.0

More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.

A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession. Michigan’s economy is improving, but local government leaders across cities, counties, townships and villages are feeling stressed. 

This is the first decline in feelings on fiscal health since 2010.