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* A study says the financial trends for public research universities – here that means U-M, MSU and Wayne State – are grim. " Public research universities — particularly top-tier flagship institutions like the universities of Michigan, Virginia, Texas and California — are in some ways stuck between worlds. They compete for students and faculty and conduct research on a national and even global scale. But they remain under substantial political control of the states, and dependent on them for funding.":

* This must be causing some angst in the executive offices of the Detroit 3: Driver's licenses are becoming less common among younger Americans. Someone who doesn't bother to obtain a driver's license early in life is someone who is unlikely to buy cars:

* There’s an Asian carp doomsday clock for the Great Lakes – and it’s moving in the wrong direction:

* With costs mounting, Arkansas adopts a program to give financial incentives to doctors to be more efficient in providing care:

* John Austin, a member of the State Board of Education, is heading up a new policy group, the Michigan Economic Center, to push ideas on the "blue" and the "green" economy.

* Gov. Rick Snyder provides his analysis of Proposal 5 -- the supermajority requirement. Hint -- he doesn't like it:

* The Detroit Free Press' Brian Dickerson provides a tale out of Oakland County that illustrates several of the glaring weaknesses in Michigan campaign law.

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