25 August 2016 • 23 comments
The U.S. Supreme Court has instructed states that only “rare” circumstances should keep juvenile offenders in prison for life. Despite this ruling, prosecutors across Michigan have filed petitions seeking to hold most juvenile lifers behind bars until they die.
25 August 2016 • 1 comment
Convicted of a Macomb County murder in 1992, Bosie Smith, now 41, has earned consistent praise for his leadership from prison staff and even a former warden.
26 July 2016 • 14 comments
Dozens of state House primary races will likely shape both parties for years to come. And yet 4-in-5 voters are expected to stay home on Aug. 2.
19 July 2016 • 18 comments
Critics say the state must better promote a $19-billion industry built on biking, kayaking and other pursuits to attract young adventurists, and residents. More REI than Cabela’s.
19 July 2016 • 1 comment
A once-declining industrial city now breathes new life by banking on its outdoor recreation assets
16 June 2016 • 15 comments
A new guideline recommends no more than 90 minutes of hitting a week to reduce brain injury, but official policy still allows up to six hours. That’s six times what Ohio and Wisconsin allow.
7 June 2016 • 65 comments
In 2015, Michigan recorded the highest number of motorcycle deaths in 30 years, with an average of 14 more deaths annually since a law requiring helmets was dropped. Lansing has no interest in revisiting the helmet law.
31 May 2016 • 24 comments
It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell.
31 May 2016 • 3 comments
An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead?
26 May 2016 • 7 comments
After disclosure of government incompetence in Flint, there were passionate calls for Michigan to join 48 other states in making the governor and legislature subject to the state’s public records laws. But House and Senate leaders remain reluctant.
19 May 2016 • 25 comments
Districts across Michigan struggle to field candidates for school boards. The job can be time consuming, nerve wracking, and is often unpaid. Would proper training for new board members help?
14 April 2016 • 21 comments
Whether it’s lead paint in older homes, airborne pollutants from factories, or the everyday stress of life on the margins, poor and minority communities in Michigan too often bear the brunt of environmental peril.
5 April 2016 • 11 commentsEven as Michigan's unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, some 300,000 workers seeking full-time jobs are stuck with part-time paychecks.
22 March 2016
Madison, Wisconsin, the nation’s first city to replace all lead service lines, discovered that to keep residents safe it had to replace all lines, not just part of them.
18 February 2016 • 12 comments
Michigan’s last two producing Upper Peninsula iron ore mines hang by a thread, as slumping ore prices cripple the industry.
18 February 2016 • 3 comments
The story of one immigrant family, common in this region, is four generations deep.
10 February 2016 • 43 comments
A 2010 federal audit expressed concern about shortcuts Michigan’s drinking water safety program was taking to save money. An expert testifying before Congress today concludes from the audit that water safety regulation in Michigan is “more broken than we think.”
19 January 2016 • 72 commentsIt's not as if Sarah Noffze dislikes Michigan. After all, she grew up in suburban Detroit, went to Michigan State University and served on the homecoming court. She remains loyal to her beloved Sparty. But as she neared graduation in 2014, the […]