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Here’s what Michigan lawmakers have to say about Charlottesville, Trump’s ‘both sides’

August 16, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Lawmakers condemned the alt-right, and question the president’s statement about violence in Virginia.

Where can you carry a gun in Michigan? It’s complicated. (How much? Take our quiz)

August 15, 2017 | Ron French

One in 12 Michigan adults have a license to carry a concealed handgun. But even experts can’t offer a simple answer about where it’s legal to carry, and where a gun under your coat is a five-year felony.

How many concealed weapons are there in YOUR county? (Interactive map)

August 15, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to learn how many concealed weapons there are throughout Michigan.

The latest hurdle to employment in Michigan? Traffic fines.

August 10, 2017 | Chad Livengood

Michigan is phasing out unpopular fees. But more than 317,000 drivers still owe nearly $595 million, making it hard for them to find jobs.

Michigan’s segregated past – and present (Told in 9 interactive maps)

August 8, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Segregation today has its roots in government-sanctioned housing policies from the 1930s, which barred blacks and other minorities from obtaining mortgages in nicer (whiter) neighborhoods. Check out segregation patterns in YOUR city.

With fewer farmhands, Michigan farmers more willing to buy worker visas

July 25, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

What a difference a Trump Administration makes. Undocumented farm workers are down. And nearly 6,000 agricultural visas have been approved for Michigan farmers this year – 10 times more than 2013.

In Michigan: Who wins, who loses if GOP efforts slay Obamacare

July 17, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Find out what pacemakers, tanning salons and buff young people have in common.

Reviving war on drugs could carry big costs in Michigan

July 6, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to reverse Obama policies in federal prosecutions that he views as soft on drugs. Doing so, though, could increase costs. A similar tough-on-crime approach in Michigan would reverse years of inmate declines. 

Lansing Republicans drop the mantle of ‘local control’

June 29, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The party of small government has unleashed a barrage of bills that forbid Michigan cities and towns from crafting their own policies relating to zoning, law enforcement, cigarette sales and the environment.

Democrats and Republicans agree: Shut down Enbridge Line 5

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

A strange-bedfellows coalition of Trump supporters and progressive Democrats are finding common ground in opposing the Enbridge oil lines in the Straits of Mackinac, united by deeply personal ties to the Great Lakes.

A cheat sheet to the Enbridge Line 5 controversy

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

Give us five minutes, we’ll give you the basics on this environmental showdown under the Straits of Mackinac.

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