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.

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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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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