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 • 42 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
16 July 2015 • 11 comments
Michigan’s state park system adapts to budget squeezes and changing values about the outdoors. But major costs kicked down the road.
16 July 2015
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 […]
9 June 2015 • 21 comments
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.