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Andrew Shirvell Fired

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell was fired yesterday by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. Shirvell had been publicly criticized for his blog that attacked openly-gay University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong. As the Detroit Free Press reports, "from the beginning, there had been calls for Cox to fire Shirvell. Equality Michigan, the state's largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, was among those that wanted him ousted."

EPA: 50 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Sites Clean

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency briefed people at a meeting last night in Battle Creek about the continuing clean-up of the Kalamazoo River oil spill. EPA officials announced they've finished cleaning up 50 sites in the river. A broken oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, MI last July.

Home Sale Prices Decline in Michigan

According to Clear Capitol, home prices in Michigan, and the rest of Midwest, declined by more than 8% from the second quarter of the year to the third quarter. Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody spoke with Alex Villacorta, a senior analyst with Clear Capitol. Villacorta says home sale prices are still above their 2009 recession lows. He doesn't expect the state's home sale prices to improve until the middle of 2011.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.