Ted Roelofs

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Blue-collar Duluth transformed by outdoor tourism economy

July 19, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

A once-declining industrial city now breathes new life by banking on its outdoor recreation assets

Michigan balks at rule shortening full-contact practice for high school football

June 16, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

A new guideline recommends no more than 90 minutes of hitting a week to reduce brain injury, but official policy still allows up to six hours. That’s six times what Ohio and Wisconsin allow.

Live free and die: Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law four years later

June 7, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

In 2015, Michigan recorded the highest number of motorcycle deaths in 30 years, with an average of 14 more deaths annually since a law requiring helmets was dropped. Lansing has no interest in revisiting the helmet law

Asleep at the desk: How school begins for many Michigan teens

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell

What happened when one Minnesota school district let high schoolers sleep in

May 31, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

An hour delay paid off in achievement and attendance. So why aren’t more schools following that lead

Bipartisan bill to make governor, lawmakers subject to open records law in doubt

May 26, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Building a better school board

May 19, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

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?

Threat of environmental injustice extends beyond Flint

April 14, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

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.

In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues

April 5, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Even as Michigan's unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, some 300,000 workers seeking full-time jobs are stuck with part-time paychecks

The price of neglect: Michigan must spend billions on water, sewer fixes

March 22, 2016 | Ted Roelofs, Pat Shellenbarger

Beyond Flint, experts say the state’s failure to upgrade its vast water and sewer systems means at least $17.5 billion in needed repairs. The cost of doing nothing may be even worse.

In replacing lead lines, what Michigan can learn from Wisconsin

March 22, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Mining’s last stand? A UP way of life is threatened

February 18, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan's last two producing Upper Peninsula iron ore mines hang by a thread, as slumping ore prices cripple the industry

From Italy to the UP: A mining family album

February 18, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

The story of one immigrant family, common in this region, is four generations deep

Signs of trouble at MDEQ, years before Flint lead crisis

February 10, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

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.

In reversal, rising death rates among middle-age whites in Michigan

January 12, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

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.

City blues: MSU study finds state tax policies cripple cities

November 17, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Even as Michigan's economy grows, cities struggle against tax limits that a study concludes help choke their recovery.

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.

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