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In Michigan heroin epidemic, deciding whose lives are worth saving

With heroin and prescription drug abuse at historic levels, lawmakers are pushing for wider access to naloxone, a life-saving antidote, for some drug abusers.

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Public sector

Map: Heroin deaths by county in Michigan

Overdose deaths as the result of heroin or other opioid addictions have quadrupled in recent years across Michigan, often primed by abuse of prescribed painkillers.

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Guest commentary

Michigan’s public universities already operate openly

Universities push back at amending state Constitution to open more of their board deliberations to the public.

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The path to better roads in Michigan is strewn with sex scandals and other potholes.

Business Bridge

Swearing, sex and the path to a roads deal

Lansing is getting rid of antiquated criminal laws and addressing the Courser and Gamrat mess. But a roads fix must wait until the fall.

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Guest commentary

Michigan businesses: Embrace company culture to attract Millennial talent

It’s not all free snacks and dog-friendly offices — young workers want their employers to embrace flexibility, change and work-life balance.

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Quality of life

Oil and water: Searching for truth on the Mackinac pipeline

With 23 million gallons of oil and gas passing beneath the Straits of Mackinac each day, Bridge weighs the evidence on the safety of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

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Quality of life

Enbridge: Trust us to be safe

Enbridge Energy has historically kept inspection data about the Straits of Mackinac pipeline to itself.

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Public sector

An accident runner, a chiropractor, and the push to curb no-fault insurance

The insurance industry cites schemes involving morally flexible lawyers and overactive doctors as reason to curb Michigan’s no-fault law. Critics say Lansing’s “reform” legislation would hurt the most seriously injured.

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Guest commentary

An early childhood home visitation program blooms in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo’s “Parents as Teachers” program gives critical support to parents who may feel isolated

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