CHICAGO -- The Michigan Court of Appeals has given the state until Monday to file a brief in opposition to last week's lower court ruling that reinstated a $230 million general assistance program for the state, a spokesman for the Michigan Attorney General's office said yesterday.

The appeals court on Wednesday agreed to hear the state's appeal on the Ingham County Circuit Court ruling in the lawsuit against the state's director of social services by a group of general assistance recipients, according to Chris DeWitt, the spokesman.

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