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Brunch with Bridge

By the shores of Gitche Gumee, another writer finds inspiration

Ellen Airgood is one recent Upper Peninsula novelist whose work has traveled beyond the state. But she still hasn’t quit her day job.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Congressional candidate Trott did not order elderly eviction; only handled paperwork

HUD ordered the eviction of Texana Hollis, 101, from her longtime Detroit home after sending numerous notices to Hollis’s son, who kept the warnings from his mom. While Trott’s foreclosure law firm handled the eviction paperwork, it did not order the eviction.

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Success

Wayne State scholar gains national standing as a respectful voice for LGBT rights

While the debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage has gotten strident at times, John Corvino rarely raises his voice.

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Guest commentary

Parents need help choosing the best school for their children

Michigan created a vast marketplace of school choice, yet provides parents with almost no tools to gauge school quality.

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Public sector

Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons

Michigan prisons have increased seven-fold as a percentage of the state’s budget since 1980. Michigan also holds prisoners behind bars far longer than other states, a cost that conservatives say the state can no longer afford.

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Public sector

Judge haunted by 26-year-old conviction

In 1988, Judge Norman Lippitt sentenced Karen Kantzler to life in prison for killing her husband, who she said was abusive. Lippitt never imagined she would actually spend her life behind bars.

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Public sector

Conservatives seek to lead on prison reform

Republicans are rethinking the wisdom of “tough-on-crime” formulas of the past, as they eye alternatives to incarceration.

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Guest commentary

Texas conservatives to Michigan: Cut prisons now

Texas has shed its “throw-away-the-key” mantra for nonviolent offenders. Seven years ago, it invested in drug courts and community monitoring for low-level offenders. The result: crime is way down, so is recidivism. And the state has saved billions in prison costs.

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Economy & competitive position

Road funding stalls as state elections near

Republican lawmakers don’t want to be seen as supporting tax increases. Democrats want to blame Gov. Snyder for Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. The result: a shortage of lawmakers willing to lead the charge for better roads.

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Economy & competitive position

Better roads boost economy, business groups say

Many in Michigan’s business community favor increasing fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, saying crumbling roads make it difficult to do business, and attract new businesses and visitors to the state.

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Economy & competitive position

Why are Germany’s roads better? Or are they?

Michigan’s harsh winters and surrounding Great Lakes are difficult foes, even for roads built to German highway standards. But lessons abound

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Economy & competitive position

Searchable database: How bad are YOUR roads?

In the last eight years, roads have taken a pounding, with Michigan spending the least in the nation on road work. Use our searchable database to find the current condition of roads in your community.

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Economy & competitive position

Michigan roads now among nation’s worst

Michigan spends less per capita on roads and bridges than any other state in the nation, and it shows. Experts say the state needs even more than the $1.3 billion requested by Gov. Snyder to make long-term improvements. Legislative leaders aren’t convinced.

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Economy & competitive position

Engler’s (political) road not taken

Gov. John Engler was urged by the business community to raise fuel taxes up to 12 cents a gallon to fix Michigan roads and bridges. He agreed to a 4-cent raise. It wasn’t enough over the long haul. Today, MDOT pays $240 million a year on a $2.5 billion debt to repair roads.

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