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Public sector

Why on earth is Candice Miller running for county drain commissioner?

The popular congresswoman is turning from Washington to pursue an obscure post that few people ever cared about. Until Flint.




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Public sector

Not so fast: A bill to raise state speed limits veers off track

A measure to raise speed limits on Michigan highways is intended to align speed laws with how fast people actually drive. It’s not working out that way.




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Quality of life

How to take wildlife photos like a boss this summer

Legendary outdoors writer Eric Sharp shows you how to capture that eagle, moose, or other wonder of nature without spending a fortune on camera gear.




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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond/Guest commentary

House by house, do-it-yourself residents transform Detroit

Tired of waiting for the garbage trucks and housing inspectors who never seemed to come, here’s how one ordinary, extraordinary Detroiter restored beauty and a sense of safety to the street she calls home.




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Phil's column

Chinese copy cats and Japanese bullet trains; lessons for America

On a trip overseas, the perils of international free-trade agreements appear in China, and the wonders of a strong infrastructure unfold at 200-mph in Japan.




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Public sector/Talent & education

U.S. Education Secretary criticizes Legislature for inaction on DPS

The failure to come up with more than short-term fixes shows “a lack of concern for people,” says John B. King Jr., who urged a permanent resolution.




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Business Bridge

Michigan looks to lead on regulation of autonomous vehicles

The state is one of the first to pass laws on the driverless cars of the near future. One lawmaker says he hopes Michigan can be a model for others.




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Guest commentary

Higher ed is key to a state’s success, and should be supported

The Mackinac Center’s simplistic take on funding for colleges and universities ignores important factors about which states are doing well in today’s economy.




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Guest commentary

Flint’s healing must involve all parties to its crisis

Top-down management is what got the city into trouble with its water supply and infrastructure. Only a bottom-up solution will truly rebuild the city.




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Public sector

Flint 101: In business schools and seminars, a tough grade for Snyder

Michigan’s CEO governor is the subject of case studies and forums in which the culture in his administration is being compared with oil spills and the Challenger explosion.




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Talent & education

How school districts sell funding projects across Michigan

On Tuesday, residents in more than two dozen districts will vote on whether to pay for construction, technology or other projects. If history holds, half will fail. Here’s what successful Michigan districts do right.

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Guest commentary

Enbridge: ‘Alarmist’ U-M study on a Straits of Mackinac oil spill is inaccurate

The National Wildlife Federation-funded study of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline vastly overestimates how much oil would be released in an oil spill, as well as how soon the company could respond, Enbridge says.




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Success/Talent & education

For inspirational homeless student, graduation day

Ramone Williams completes his journey for a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Now he must find a job.




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Talent & education

Help remains elusive for homeless Michigan college students

Michigan’s patchwork system of support misses the state’s most vulnerable young people




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