Ted Roelofs worked for the Grand Rapids Press for 30 years, where he covered everything from politics to social services to military affairs. He has earned numerous awards, including for work in Albania during the 1999 Kosovo refugee crisis.

Signs of trouble at MDEQ, years before Flint lead crisis

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.”

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Young talent continues to flee Michigan

It'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 […]

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In reversal, rising death rates among middle-age whites in Michigan

A national study finds rising death rates for midlife whites without a college education, even as mortality rates for other groups fall. So it is in Michigan, with stress and poor health leading to drug and alcohol overdoses and suicide.

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City blues: MSU study finds state tax policies cripple cities

Even as Michigan’s economy grows, cities struggle against tax limits that a study concludes help choke their recovery.

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Despite concussion fears, Michigan allows long hours of prep football hitting

The state is on the front lines of detecting head injuries. Yet Bridge found that Michigan allows high school football teams anywhere from four to six times as much full-contact hitting at practices as states like Ohio, Alabama and Texas.

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From high school football star to ‘a completely different person’

A lawsuit claims that youth football led to brain damage and the suicide at age 25 of an Upper Peninsula football player.

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Giving Michigan nurses more authority to prescribe drugs and treat patients

With new legislation on the horizon, advocates for expanded practice rights for highly trained nurses say the move would lower costs and improve access to health care, particularly in rural Michigan.

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Husband and wife, doctor and nurse, at odds over nurses’ roles

In this rural Upper Peninsula family, one doctor, one nurse practitioner and two opinions on giving some nurses more autonomy to treat patients.

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So a chicken walks into a bar: Michigan’s legal battle over urban farming

Should a law that protects rural farmers also allow urban farmers to raise goats in city neighborhoods?

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Women farmers, rising in the field

An interest in locally grown food is raising the profile of women farmers in Michigan, particularly on small-scale farms.

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Oil and water: Searching for truth on the Mackinac pipeline

With 23 million gallons of oil and gas passing beneath the Straits of Mackinac each day, Bridge weighs the evidence on the safety of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

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Enbridge: Trust us to be safe

Enbridge Energy has historically kept inspection data about the Straits of Mackinac pipeline to itself.

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43,000 Michigan prisoners: Who should we cut loose first?

Reform advocates agree that Michigan could save millions by reducing its prison population, a cost that has risen seven-fold over three decades. But with politics never far from the surface, can policymakers agree on who doesn’t belong?

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Hell freezes over – GOP and ACLU push prison reform

An unexpected coalition of conservatives and progressives is forming around finding ways to reduce Michigan’s costly prison population

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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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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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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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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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