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Vulnerable children & families

Michigan’s low investment in child care costs state and poor children alike

Michigan has one of the most restrictive policies in the nation on giving low-income families access to subsidized child care. Yet research shows investing in high-quality care can put more parents back to work and improves the odds for vulnerable children.




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Guest commentary

Allowing ‘dental therapists’ in Michigan will expand access to oral care

A Senate bill would authorize a midlevel dental professional trained to deliver routine but critical care such as filling cavities in poor areas of Michigan where dentists are few or overwhelmed.




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Vulnerable children & families

In Flint, questions about Legionnaires’ death toll

Bertie Marble’s death certificate points to pneumonia. But an attorney for her family, and her own medical records, raise questions about whether she was an uncounted victim of Legionnaires’ disease. Experts say toll may be far larger.




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Vulnerable children & families

Legionnaires’ disease timeline

Bertie Marble’s 2015 death coincided with a trio of emergencies in Genesee County: the Flint water crisis, an increase in pneumonia and flu deaths, and a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak.




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Phil's column

Savor the wonders of summer with this family cherry pie recipe

Reflecting on the special glories of a Michigan summer holiday.




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Business Bridge

‘Smart road’ speed, location sensors going on up Michigan roads

Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.




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