26 May 2016 • 5 comments
After disclosure of government incompetence in Flint, there were passionate calls for Michigan to join 48 other states in making the governor and legislature subject to the state’s public records laws. But House and Senate leaders remain reluctant.
19 May 2016 • 25 comments
Districts across Michigan struggle to field candidates for school boards. The job can be time consuming, nerve wracking, and is often unpaid. Would proper training for new board members help?
14 April 2016 • 21 comments
Whether it’s lead paint in older homes, airborne pollutants from factories, or the everyday stress of life on the margins, poor and minority communities in Michigan too often bear the brunt of environmental peril.
5 April 2016 • 10 commentsEven as Michigan's unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, some 300,000 workers seeking full-time jobs are stuck with part-time paychecks.
22 March 2016
Madison, Wisconsin, the nation’s first city to replace all lead service lines, discovered that to keep residents safe it had to replace all lines, not just part of them.
18 February 2016 • 12 comments
Michigan’s last two producing Upper Peninsula iron ore mines hang by a thread, as slumping ore prices cripple the industry.
18 February 2016 • 3 comments
The story of one immigrant family, common in this region, is four generations deep.
10 February 2016 • 37 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 • 67 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.