Nancy Derringer

Staff Writer Nancy Nall Derringer has been a writer and editor in Metro Detroit since 2005. You can reach Nancy via email at nderringer@bridgemi.com or call her at 734-548-0033.

Articles

Improved smiles for some low-income Michigan children

October 29, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Medicaid expansion and innovative programs are giving more low-income Michigan children a shot at healthy dental care. But access still lags in some rural and urban areas, and impoverished adults continue to suffer from lack of preventative care after years of uncertain funding.

Effort to ban fluoride in drinking water makes little headway in Michigan

October 29, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Concern over fluoride’s effect on the human body – and some anti-government sentiment – is forcing dentists and scientists to defend the longstanding practice of putting fluoride in water systems to improve dental health.

For impoverished Michiganders, a little help in the kitchen

October 15, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Nancy Derringer

Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.

What we can do to reduce extreme college drinking

September 30, 2015 | Ron French, Nancy Derringer

Nov. 1, 2011 was supposed to be the day Michigan won an important battle in the war on high-risk college drinking. That’s the day a new state liquor policy, called the keg tag law, went into effect.

Unconscious students on hospital gurneys: A Game Day diary

September 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Universities are spending millions to curb dangerous drinking. Yet blackout partying persists in a puke-and-rally culture. Bridge investigates what works, and what doesn’t, in the ongoing battle to keep college students safe.

Stone-cold sober on game day? It really happens

September 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French

When the subject of campus drinking comes up, university officials at schools all over Michigan make sure to point out that thousands of students on their campuses don’t drink at all.

Michigan wants Lansing, schools to lead on college affordability

September 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan residents believe strongly that students need a college degree or job training after high school to succeed. Yet the high cost of college has many questioning whether the loan debt is worth it.

An accident runner, a chiropractor, and the push to curb no-fault insurance

August 25, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The insurance industry cites schemes involving morally flexible lawyers and overactive doctors as reason to curb Michigan’s no-fault law. Critics say Lansing’s “reform” legislation would hurt the most seriously injured.

A different kind of house call: The doctor will see you now – remotely

July 23, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Living far from a major hospital may not always be a hindrance to high-quality health care. Telemedicine can deliver healthcare to rural corners of Michigan, where a specialist may be hundreds of miles away.

One Dearborn school soars. Another stumbles. Why?

June 23, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.

Dem Rep. Sam Singh finds a lesson for Lansing in the streets of Pamplona

June 16, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A Democratic representatives finds a legislator can be effective when his party is outnumbered, by turning policymaking into more of a chess game than an all-out assault.

Good roads or bad, Proposal 1 hated equally across Michigan

May 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Think the counties with the poorest roads were more likely to vote yes? Think again. This is being called a historic defeat for a reason.

Todd Courser hits Lansing like a cannonball

April 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The Lapeer freshman representative and tea party favorite puts faith, family and limited government at the front of his agenda. So why are fellow Republicans running for cover?

Plan B or no Plan B, here’s what happens if road proposal fails

April 9, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The governor is telling voters there’s no alternative to Proposal 1. Lawmakers counter that there’s always a Plan B, but fear it might be worse.

The political tale behind the selling of Proposal 1

April 9, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Complex problems rarely have simple solutions, say the legislators whose last-minute work in December’s lame-duck session produced the byzantine statewide vote to fix Michigan’s roads.

A Bridge primer: Untangling the pothole promise of Proposal 1

April 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

As Michigan drivers swerve around, and fall into, cracks in the state’s transportation infrastructure, the only solution on the table is almost as much of a headache.

Who supports, and opposes, Proposal 1

April 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A wide range of groups are urging a yes vote on the plan to fix Michigan’s roads, and a few are opposing or staying neutral. How are they lining up? It depends on who stands to get paid.

For one Michigan legislative staffer, an hour or two in the spotlight

March 31, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Bill Drake won an award from his peers -- the people who work behind the scenes to keep the Michigan Legislature running. He’s not used to being in the center of the frame.

A graying population poses challenges for Up North counties

March 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

High up on Michigan’s Mitten, arthritis is creeping into the fingertips. Michigan leads the nation with the most counties with a median age over 50.

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