June 22, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
“Poison on Tap,” the first book released on Flint’s lead-poisoning disaster, shows how a series of government missteps left children in this impoverished city with a lifetime of heartache. A portion of book sales will go to help those children.
June 9, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
Sex and labor trafficking are problems. But the state is left to create laws with no reliable data on the scope of problem in Michigan, or even a common understanding of what constitutes trafficking. Too often, Hollywood fills the vacuum.
May 11, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
In an echo of Detroit’s “grand bargain,” 10 Michigan foundations, led by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are combining to inject up to $125 million into Flint’s recovery.
May 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
The Michigan Legislature has yet to hold hearings on a measure that would require that tampons be provided free in public schools and state buildings. Other bills would exempt menstrual products from the state sales tax
April 20, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
The state attorney general promises more will be held responsible for the city’s lead-tainted water, while singling out two DEQ employees, as well as Flint’s water-quality supervisor.
April 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
A national ranking system financially punishes hospitals for high rates of hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections. But large, big-city hospitals say their poor scores can be misleading because they deal with patients more susceptible to complications.
April 12, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
It’s one of the most influential groups you’ve never heard of. Born a century ago, its independent research still drives much of state policymaking.
April 5, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
What happens when opposites attract? Many supporters of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders find themselves agreeing on issues, but from very different directions.
March 29, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
An epidemic of drug addiction has swollen the state’s sole women’s prison to near-capacity, leading to overcrowding complaints. Is there a better way?
March 3, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
We all tend to vote for one party over another. But we also are more likely to live, love and troll among fellow travelers.
February 23, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
Southeast Michigan has tried, and failed, to craft a functional public-transit system that works – many times. Leaders hope the RTA’s master plan, to be revealed this spring, will turn the tide
February 23, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
The lessons of Cleveland’s HealthLine bus rapid transit are many, including the need for wide community support for the project to succeed. But officials say the return on investment has been worth it
February 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
News organizations that leave reader comment sections alone risk losing them to trolls. Or, as this expert puts it, “If people walk into a pie fight, they’ll pick up a pie.
February 2, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
After 18 months on the job, U-M’s 14th president is seeking ways to make Michigan’s elite institution more diverse, welcoming and valuable to the state
January 29, 2016 | Nancy Derringer
A disappointed high-school football player was counting on being a Michigan Wolverine in the fall. But U-M’s president says recruits should not consider themselves accepted until they are actually admitted.
December 8, 2015 | Nancy Derringer
The nation’s largest Chapter 9 proceeding left Michigan’s biggest city standing on its own legs again, but those legs are shaky. Detroit Journalism Cooperative members look at how the stakeholders are doing.
December 3, 2015 | Nancy Derringer
‘Babies having babies’ isn’t the problem it once was. But rates are higher in northern, rural counties, in a state where school districts may opt out of sex ed entirely.
November 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer
Land banks were conceived to help counties stabilize property values in a changing economy. But Oakland County doesn’t have a land bank. So tiny Hazel Park essentially created its own, and is beginning to reap the benefits.