Ted Roelofs

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Despite concussion fears, Michigan allows long hours of prep football hitting

October 20, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

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.

From high school football star to ‘a completely different person’

October 20, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

A lawsuit claims that youth football led to brain damage and the suicide at age 25 of an Upper Peninsula football player.

Giving Michigan nurses more authority to prescribe drugs and treat patients

October 8, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Husband and wife, doctor and nurse, at odds over nurses’ roles

October 8, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

In this rural Upper Peninsula family, one doctor, one nurse practitioner and two opinions on giving some nurses more autonomy to treat patients.

So a chicken walks into a bar: Michigan’s legal battle over urban farming

September 22, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Should a law that protects rural farmers also allow urban farmers to raise goats in city neighborhoods?

Women farmers, rising in the field

September 22, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

An interest in locally grown food is raising the profile of women farmers in Michigan, particularly on small-scale farms.

Oil and water: Searching for truth on the Mackinac pipeline

August 27, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Enbridge: Trust us to be safe

August 27, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Enbridge Energy has historically kept inspection data about the Straits of Mackinac pipeline to itself.

43,000 Michigan prisoners: Who should we cut loose first?

August 20, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Reform advocates agree that Michigan could save millions by reducing its prison population, a cost that has risen seven-fold over three decades. But with politics never far from the surface, can policymakers agree on who doesn’t belong?

Hell freezes over - GOP and ACLU push prison reform

August 20, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

An unexpected coalition of conservatives and progressives is forming around finding ways to reduce Michigan’s costly prison population

Algae bloom, the sequel, spells big trouble for Lake Erie

August 4, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

This year’s bloom promises to be bigger, slimier and more trouble for marine life than past years. While experts are calling for tougher regulation of industrial farming, the state says Michigan’s current conservation efforts are working.

Voluntary measures haven’t stopped algae blooms in Gulf of Mexico

August 4, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Fifteen years after landowners along the Mississippi River were asked to help reduce conditions for blooms, there has been no reduction in a marine dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. One expert suggests tougher regulation.

In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

July 21, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

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.

MSU’s mission to train rural doctors

July 21, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Since 1974, Michigan State University's medical school has offered intensive training for rural primary care physicians

Five years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success

July 16, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan's state park system adapts to budget squeezes and changing values about the outdoors. But major costs kicked down the road.

In paychecks, Michigan women have a long way to go, baby

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Hispanic women struggle with just over half the pay of men

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Hispanic women in Michigan earn barely half the income of non-Hispanic white males.

Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

West Michigan leads the way in Michigan jobs recovery, while the state as a whole still trails the nation.

Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan rural counties struggle with jobs loss.

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