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.

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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Kalamazoo – the city that runs

Borgess Run Camp in Kalamazoo has persuaded more than a thousand out-of-shape residents to hit the streets

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Three tips for getting your community off the couch

Grand Rapids is following the Borgess model to get its residents running. Follow these guidelines and your city can do the same.

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Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

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A tale of two schools in Michigan’s resort paradise

A rural school district in Cheboygan County and a more affluent one in Harbor Springs underscore the role money can play in student performance.

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Hidden poverty stalks a Pure Michigan setting

For many unseen residents of northern Michigan, life can be struggle for survival. This is true even for those with jobs, which tend to be seasonal with marginal pay

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11 lessons learned from Michigan’s top high schools

The leaders of the state’s Top 11 high schools in this year’s Academic State Champ rankings offer advice on their success strategies and how to help low-income students achieve.

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Destroying Michigan’s career tech system to save it

Michigan’s K-12 vocational education system will never become the powerful job engine that Gov. Snyder demands without a fix to inequitable funding across the state.

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Kicking butt and taking jobs

How one student from Paw Paw found success in the IT marketplace

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What state House and Senate leaders say they will do first in 2015

Four legislative leaders tell Bridge Magazine what’s on their mind when the new legislative session begins in January.

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How Michigan can improve the lives of 80,000 homeless children

The safety net is anything but secure for homeless children and families across the state. Bridge reviews some approaches that have shown promise elsewhere.

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Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

Runaway and unaccompanied teens navigate a treacherous world

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Michigan ranks in bottom half of state nationally in care for homeless children

A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.

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