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* Our friend Kurt Metzger takes the positive approach to home values in Detroit -- there are bargains aplenty for buyers:

http://detroitdataguru.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/metro-detroit-real-estate-great-deals-in-a-great-area/

* Another survey in Michigan, this of the general public, finds unhappiness with the state's top elected official and concern with the general economic climate:

http://news.msu.edu/news/story.php?story_id=9640&vars

* "(W)hile students are collectively paying more for an education, the nation's colleges and universities aren't producing a proportionate increase in degrees and certificates":

http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/student-debt-rises-graduation-rates-flat-11937

* The National Governors Association targets college completion -- "Over the last two decades, state support for higher education has grown by $50 billion; yet, the nation has fallen from first to 12th in the world in the number of students who complete degrees.":

http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/10GREGOIREBROCHURE.PDF

* In Colorado, K-12 students who fall behind proficiency standards are unlikely to catch up anytime soon, a new analysis shows:

http://www.inewsnetwork.org/2011/08/05/thousands-of-struggling-colorado-public-school-students-unlikely-to-catch-up/

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