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A man who taught journalism at Central Michigan University has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and also admitted that he sexually abused a child three times a week between 1995 and 2002.

Mark Ranzenberger pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Bay City. He faces many years in prison.

In a plea agreement filed in court, he admits sexually abusing a child.

The investigation began when pornographic images were mistakenly displayed in class with Ranzenberger's computer. He was accused of possessing 1,000 images of child porn.

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Michigan's attorney general says the state may close persistently low-performing public schools in Detroit before the end of this academic year if they were among the lowest-achieving for the preceding three years.

Republican legislative leaders earlier this month asked Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette to weigh in because Republican Gov. Rick Snyder interpreted a law rescuing the Detroit district from debt to mean the State School Reform/Redesign Officer cannot close any district school until 2019.

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National pollsters are working feverishly to release data following Monday evening’s Presidential debate. A statewide survey taken last week commissioned by MIRS News, a political newsletter, prior to the debate, shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a five point lead. However, there are some variables that may make this a much tighter race down the stretch.

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An 11-year-old western Michigan boy is using art to draw attention to the effects of global warming and boost efforts to save polar bears.

Bryce Madder of Kent County's Ada Township held an event this week at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum to promote the nonprofit Polar Army.

His effort includes a website where children can create and post artwork related to saving polar bears.

A broader goal of the effort, however, is to help educate children about the effects of global warming on the Arctic.

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Authorities say a Michigan prison inmate has died after fighting with another prisoner and being shocked with a stun gun as guards broke up the fight.

Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says in an email two prisoners were told to stop fighting Tuesday at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia but refused.

He says a stun gun was used on both inmates and Dustin Szot of Muskegon died later in the day.

WZZM-TV reports that Szot's family was contacted by an inmate who told them about the confrontation.

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Families of first responders in Michigan can expect to get expanded benefits soon.

Governor Rick Snyder signed the Survivors Benefit Bill Tuesday.

The bipartisan law makes sure that spouses and children of first responders like firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty have health benefits for up to five years. The benefits include dental and optical as well as medical.

Representative Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) spoke in favor of the bill when it was up for a vote in the House.

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Flint's mayor says an ongoing dispute about trash pickup in Flint is hurting the city.

The Flint Journal reports Mayor Karen Weaver told participants at a town hall meeting Tuesday night that "we need to be working together instead of fighting each other."

The dispute involving Weaver and city council led to two companies trying to handle some of the same routes this week.

On Monday, city council members postponed three resolutions from Weaver's office to send her a message.

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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.

The state currently uses a small tax on health insurance claims to get federal matching money to fund health care services.

The state tried other approaches, and, after a few misfires, that satisfied a requirement that the mechanism to get federal money must be “broad-based.”

But the claims tax is opposed by many Republicans and business leaders, who say it drives up the cost of health coverage.

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Officials say the newest phase in a multi-year cleanup of dioxin contamination downstream of the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland should get underway next year and cost about $6 million.

Discharges from the plant in the last century boosted levels of dioxins in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and their floodplains.

Dioxins are highly toxic chemicals that can cause serious health problems including cancer.

Cleanup has been underway since 2012 on a 21-mile section of the Tittabawassee floodplain.

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Tuesday, September 27th @ 9 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE Premieres The Choice 2016 - The Dueling Stories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as They Compete for the Presidency.    

WGVU spoke with co-producer, Mike Wiser.

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