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EXCLUSIVE: We call your attention to the exclusive, copyrighted
story by Katie Morell about Virgil Smith, Democratic candidate for
the state House from northwest Detroit. Many people who voted for
him in the August primary apparently didn't know of his multiple
legal problems--and probably thought they were voting for his father,
a former state senator with almost the same name.
CHIEF: Several of today's stories spring from our group interview
with Tom Watkins, state superintendent of public instruction. Among
the topics are special education, literacy, teacher training and
At the request of several papers, we include in this file two coverall
pre-election stories on the ballot issues. One summarizes all the
proposals. The other focuses on the ultracontroversal tobacco Proposal
4, with a sidebar on which organizations would benefit financially
if the plan passes.
POLICE NEXT: Next week's group interview is with State Police Director
Stephen Madden, who's expected to discuss anti-terrorism efforts,
traffic safety and new crime-fighting technology.
Regular articles for week of Friday, October
-- Many voters in a northwest Detroit state House district apparently
still don't know the Democratic candidate has been convicted
of three misdemeanor charges--and many apparently thought they
were voting for his father, a former legislator with almost
the same name. EXCLUSIVE. COPYRIGHTED. By Katie Morell. FOR
MICHIGAN CITIZEN & ALL POINTS.
-- Many Michigan libraries are cutting services in response
to reduced state aid, although some facilities don't rely much
on such funding. By Stella Thevenin. FOR MIDLAND, LANSING, GRAND
RAPIDS & ALL POINTS.
-- Here's a pre-election rundown on all four ballot proposals
facing voters in the Nov. 5 general election. By Breanna Shepherd.
FOR ROMEO, GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.
-- Proposal 4 would have financial winners and losers among
organizations. Here's the list. By Breanna Shepherd. FOR ROMEO,
GRAYLING & ALL POINTS.
-- New state accreditation standards will hold students, schools
and parents more accountable. By Jessica Hulett. FOR LUDINGTON
& ALL POINTS.
-- Paying for special education programs is challenging more
Michigan school districts and the state school chief blames
much of that on unfulfilled federal aid promises. By Aleks Tapinsh.
FOR GREENVILLE, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
-- New workshops funded by a federal grant will help adult education
teachers focus on new techniques and technology. By Krista Chambers.
FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS & ALL POINTS.
-- The tobacco proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot is stirring sharp
attacks on whether it would benefit or harm health care and
education. By Spiros Gallos. FOR ALL POINTS.
-- With Halloween approaching, more attention is being called
to the several tales about ghosts in some prominent U.P. attractions.
BOOK REVIEW. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.
-- A U.P. school district is considering shifting to a four-day
class week--if the Legislature passes a bill to allow the move.
By Matt Furst. FOR U.P.
-- The number of migrant pupils in dropping in some Michigan
school systems and that's cutting funding for the districts.
By Danny Layne. FOR HOLLAND, STURGIS & ALL POINTS.
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