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Police seize assets of Michigan residents who have not been charged with crimes. One man was told he could get his belongings back for a price. Another had his bank accounts frozen and was unable to pay bills. He also lost property he called "auctionable." Last year, law enforcement raised over $20,000,000 from seizing personal property.

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The Pontiac Schools will have been in deficit for 15 years if it completes its 10-year plan to erase a lingering deficit that started in 2008-09. … more
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