10 February 2016 • 22 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 • 65 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 […]
12 January 2016 • 8 comments
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.
17 November 2015 • 22 comments
Even as Michigan’s economy grows, cities struggle against tax limits that a study concludes help choke their recovery.
20 October 2015 • 2 comments
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.
20 October 2015 • 1 comment
A lawsuit claims that youth football led to brain damage and the suicide at age 25 of an Upper Peninsula football player.
8 October 2015 • 12 comments
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.
8 October 2015 • 9 comments
In this rural Upper Peninsula family, one doctor, one nurse practitioner and two opinions on giving some nurses more autonomy to treat patients.
22 September 2015 • 13 comments
Should a law that protects rural farmers also allow urban farmers to raise goats in city neighborhoods?
22 September 2015 • 4 comments
An interest in locally grown food is raising the profile of women farmers in Michigan, particularly on small-scale farms.
27 August 2015 • 34 comments
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.
27 August 2015 • 11 comments
Enbridge Energy has historically kept inspection data about the Straits of Mackinac pipeline to itself.
20 August 2015 • 43 commentsReform 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?
20 August 2015 • 6 comments
An unexpected coalition of conservatives and progressives is forming around finding ways to reduce Michigan’s costly prison population
4 August 2015 • 18 comments
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.
4 August 2015 • 1 comment
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.
21 July 2015 • 4 comments
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.
21 July 2015 • 6 comments
Since 1974, Michigan State University’s medical school has offered intensive training for rural primary care physicians