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Quality of life

Algae bloom, the sequel, spells big trouble for Lake Erie

This year’s bloom promises to be bigger, slimier and more trouble for marine life than past years. While experts are calling for tougher regulation of industrial farming, the state says Michigan’s current conservation efforts are working.

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Quality of life

Voluntary measures haven’t stopped algae blooms in Gulf of Mexico

Fifteen years after landowners along the Mississippi River were asked to help reduce conditions for blooms, there has been no reduction in a marine dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. One expert suggests tougher regulation.

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Guest commentary

Bad news for Michigan kids, at a time when it should be better

Years after a bruising recession ended, even more of the state’s children are living in poverty than when it was at its peak. What’s the policy solution? Help their parents, for starters.

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Quality of life

Where to catch the biggest fish in Michigan

The state’s Master Angler program rewards those who catch the biggest everything, from bass to pike, crappie to walleye. But its database also rewards novice anglers.

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Quality of life

Database:

Monster fish finder

Use Bridge’s database of data from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to find where Michigan’s biggest fish are hooked. Plus, see a slideshow of monster fish submitted by readers.

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Business Bridge

MSU survey: Consumer confidence in state near all-time high

Snyder’s approval rating slips while Obama’s climbs.

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Talent & education

School of choice, or a revolving door?

A Michigan policy allowing families to pick a school outside their home district for their kids to attend is wildly popular. But a first-of-its-kind study raises questions about who it helps – and who it might be hurting.

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Guest commentary

Former House Speaker’s alcohol battle carries lessons

Craig DeRoche was one of Michigan’s most powerful legislative voices before drinking derailed his life. His recovery, chronicled in a new book, shows he still has contributions to offer.

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Quality of life

A different kind of house call: The doctor will see you now – remotely

Living far from a major hospital may not always be a hindrance to high-quality health care. Telemedicine can deliver healthcare to rural corners of Michigan, where a specialist may be hundreds of miles away.

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Guest commentary

How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases

Joining forces with nine northeastern states will allow Michigan to reduce gas emissions in the least costly way possible

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Quality of life

In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

A shortage of primary care doctors is associated with worse health outcomes and higher death rates. What steps Michigan can take to close the doctor gap.

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Quality of life

MSU’s mission to train rural doctors

Since 1974, Michigan State University’s medical school has offered intensive training for rural primary care physicians

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Business Bridge

Community colleges seek state OK to give bachelor’s degrees

Senate bill to expand the four-year degree offerings by community colleges faces stiff opposition from the state’s 15 public universities.

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Business Bridge

Should electric vehicle owners pay higher fees to help fund state roads?

A state House bill is proposing EV owners pay up to $100 more in registration fees to help fund the state’s roads plan. Automakers counter that buyers should be given incentives to buy alternative-fuel cars, not penalties.

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