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.

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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Five years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success

Michigan’s state park system adapts to budget squeezes and changing values about the outdoors. But major costs kicked down the road.

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State park neglect

In just about every corner of Michigan’s state park system, there is evidence of the heavy price of years of deferred maintenance. Roads and parking lots cry out for patching and resurfacing, buildings need repair or replacement, as do decks, boardwalks and […]

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In paychecks, Michigan women have a long way to go, baby

Women in full-time jobs earn on average three-fourths the pay as men in Michigan, a wider margin than most of the nation. While critics question the scale of the gap, policymakers debate ways to close it.

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Hispanic women struggle with just over half the pay of men

Hispanic women in Michigan earn barely half the income of non-Hispanic white males.

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Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

West Michigan leads the way in Michigan jobs recovery, while the state as a whole still trails the nation.

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Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

Michigan rural counties struggle with jobs loss.

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With roads measure crushed, a search for Plan B

With the resounding defeat of Proposal 1 on Tuesday, it’s unclear how Michigan’s deteriorating roads will be fixed.

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What NOT to post on Facebook: Jokes about prison rape, when you’re in charge of preventing prison rape

A social media post by a prison rape coordinator may serve to underscore allegations that the state is insensitive to young inmates’ rape claims.

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Similar accounts in suit over alleged teen prison rapes pose challenge to state’s defense

The full deposition testimony of seven teenage inmates is notable for its graphic consistency, producing a damning portrait of institutional indifference within Michigan’s prisons.

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‘New fish’ ‒ One teen inmate’s account of alleged sexual assault

The inmate known as John Doe 3 says the abuse began from the moment he entered adult prison.

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