A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Buffalo Reef in the Keweenaw Peninsula teems with lake trout and whitefish. But a mountain of waste from a closed mine is slowly seeping into the water, prompting a desperate search for a solution.

Slideshow: In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, mining waste threatens Buffalo Reef

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

View photos from the past and present showing how waste from a closed mine is smothering key fish spawning grounds in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay.

Mining waste and growing wetlands mean more mercury in fish in Upper Peninsula

September 18, 2018 | Eric Freedman in Michigan Environment Watch

A Michigan Tech researcher says studies show humans are at risk because of high levels of the toxic metal in inland Great Lakes fish.

Michigan environment roundup: Could Michigan voters decide Line 5’s fate?

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Muskegon kids struggle to read. Their superintendent had the same problem.

September 17, 2018 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Muskegon Superintendent Justin Jennings read at a third-grade level when he entered college. So he knows the challenges schools face as they prepare for Michigan’s third-grade “read or flunk” law.

Truth Squad: Bill Schuette is falsely blamed for ignoring PFAS victims

September 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Truth Squad

A Southfield Super PAC releases an irresponsible ad accusing Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette of failing to act on the behalf of victims of water contamination. In fact, he has sued on their behalf.

Opinion | Fixing Michigan infrastructure crisis takes new thinking about funding.

September 17, 2018 | Peter Adriaens in Guest Commentary

It’s no secret that infrastructure is crumbling in Michigan. Governments need to think beyond traditional borrowing to fix the problem.

Inspired by Parkland, a surge in young voter registration in Michigan

September 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

Data obtained by Bridge show a spike in adults under 30 joining state voter rolls. But will young adults, who tend to vote Democratic, actually show up this fall? Or will they revert to form?

Michigan incomes roar back. But the news isn’t good in Trump Country.

September 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Economy

New Census data show Michigan incomes are rising, but falling in counties that flipped from Obama to Trump. Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer say the recovery isn’t coming fast enough.

Two Michigan House rivals say hello, talk. In other news: Hell freezes over.

September 13, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt in Public Sector

What candidates across a divided political landscape can learn from two men competing for a House seat in Kalamazoo.

Michigan redistricting group gets $250,000 donation for fall ballot battle

September 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Voters Not Politicians received the money from a national group pushing redistricting reform headed by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder. Critics say it’s more proof of a Democratic scheme.

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette goes low, accusing Whitmer of terror sympathy

September 12, 2018 | Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Michigan Truth Squad

Why talk about Michigan potholes when you can attack your opponent about Middle East terrorism? Bill Schuette goes for the jugular, and earns a misleading rating from Truth Squad

Bridge Magazine guide to the 2018 Michigan ballot proposals

September 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Three statewide ballot proposals will appear in November, ranging from legalizing recreational marijuana to voting and redistricting reform. Bridge offers a quickie guide to their pros and cons, and who is funding them.

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