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Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future.

A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem. A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system.

Michigan’s current system, MAPS, keeps track of opioid prescriptions and use by patients.

That helps law enforcement and medical professionals keep opioids out of the hands of drug abusers.

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.

The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.

Much like the old saying about raising a child, it takes a village to transition a person from candidate to president. It’s a process that starts long before a winner is even announced.

A new bill would make physician-assisted suicide legal in Michigan.

The bill is modeled after Oregon’s law, and requires two doctors to agree that the patient will likely die within six months.

The patient would also have to be over 18 years-old, and meet certain criteria before getting medicine from a doctor that will end their life.

The Michigan Catholic Conference, which opposes physician assisted suicide says this bill is unlikely to go far in the legislature.

Hillary Clinton speaks in Warren on Thursday, August 11.
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Millions of Americans would be put to work if Hillary Clinton is elected president. That was the promise the candidate delivered in Metro Detroit on Thursday.

Clinton said Republican nominee Donald Trump is presenting a dismal and incorrect picture of Michigan’s economy. She pushed back at Trump’s economic plans while at an advanced manufacturing plant in Warren.

Clinton commented on immigration, raising the minimum wage, and Trump’s plan to eliminate the Estate Tax, which she says will not help 99.8 percent of Americans.

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Michigan schools need to spend more money helping students with special needs. 

That’s the finding of a study commissioned by the state legislature in 2015.

The findings were presented to the Board of Education Tuesday, the same day the Board discussed a statewide initiative to make Michigan a Top 10 performing state within the next 10 years.

John Austin is the president of the State Board of Education. He says the legislature and governor need to step up to make changes in the school financial system.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering new ways to pay for child support.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering an easier way for parents to make child support payments.  Child support can now be paid in cash at any Family Dollar or 7-11 across the United States.

Erin Frisch is the director of the Office of Child Support.


“We look at this as a good opportunity for another way, convenient, easy way, for parents to support their children in Michigan and anywhere in the country, actually.”

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Some help is on the way for Michigan’s homeless, as areas of Lansing, Detroit and Berrien County receive funding to fight chronic homelessness. 

The federal government is giving Michigan $4.5 million to help treat the underlying factors of homelessness, like mental health and substance abuse.

Bob Wheaton is the spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that received the grant. He says the grant is meant to do more than just find homes for people.

Charities and the homeless can no longer ask for money from people stopped in their cars.

Sit at enough stoplights, and chances are you will eventually have a person walk up to your car and ask for money. Firefighters do it for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Knights of Columbus does it. Sometimes they give you little paper flowers. My favorite is when they give you Tootsie Rolls.

But Attorney General Bill Scheutte says asking for money from a person in a motor vehicle is a civil infraction unless you are selling something.

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Michigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders.

MI-VINE is a notification system for victims of crimes.

It sends victims texts, emails, or phone calls giving them updates about their case or telling them if there is a change in the offender’s location.

Victims currently have to re-register if an offender is moved from jail to prison. That's something a lot of victims don’t realize.

The Crime Victims Service Commission is working to make sure victims only have to register one time. 

Former Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings has pleaded guilty to two prostitution releated charges.

Stuart Dunnings was facing 14 misdemeanors and one 15-year felony. The charges ranged from soliciting prostitutes to encouraging a woman to become a prostitute. Dunnings pleded guilty to felony misconduct in office and one misdemeanor for solicitation. He faces up to five years in prison. All his other charges in all other counties are being dismissed as a part of the deal.