Commercial fishing is sinking fast in Michigan. Time for more regulations?

Commercial fishing is sinking fast in Michigan. Time for more regulations?

June 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Sportfishing is booming in Michigan, while fewer than two dozen commercial businesses tie their livelihoods to the Great Lakes. The industry has a rich heritage, but some say it’s time to ‘pull the plug on the horse and carriage industry.’

Invasive mussels challenge commercial whitefish fishing in the Great Lakes

June 24, 2019 | Kurt Williams in Michigan Environment Watch

The spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels in the Great Lakes has wreaked havoc on Great Lakes food chains.  They may be behind a startling decline in whitefish, the most valuable stock for fishermen.

In Benton Harbor schools, a lesson for – and about – Gretchen Whitmer

June 21, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Bold or reckless? Confounding or strategic? Whitmer’s surprise recommendation to close Benton Harbor High School offers clues about her governing style.

Michigan Teacher of the Year: Bring teachers into reform talks

June 21, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Talent & Education

Cara Lougheed, an English and history teacher from Rochester Hills,  says she’s skeptical of school rating systems yet understands the desire among parents to evaluate schools in their community.

Opinion | Don’t let the summer sun melt academic gains

June 21, 2019 | Jamey Fitzpatrick in Guest Commentary

Students lose about a month of learning over the course of the summer. There are ways to stop that brain drain.

Michigan is No. 1! At getting old. That’s not good news.

June 20, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Economy

Michigan has the most counties in the nation with a median age of 50 or older, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday. The implications for the economy are dire.

Michigan abortion foes can call procedure ‘dismemberment’ on ballot petitions

June 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The Right to Life-backed group is seeking to ban a common second-trimester procedure known medically as “dilation and evacuation.” A second group is seeking a “fetal heartbeat” ban. Both ballot efforts carry no exceptions for rape or incest.  

Faded Grayling eyes revival after a Chilean firm brings factory jobs

June 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

A particleboard facility has produced a mini building boom, with affordable housing, condos and maybe even a boutique hotel planned for this northern Michigan town. A local community college, meanwhile, is helping train future workers.

Michigan desperate for Pre-K educators. And pays them poverty wages.

June 19, 2019 | Koby Levin in Detroit

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans for free preschool for all 4-year-olds depends on attracting more qualified teachers. That may be difficult since many make less than workers at McDonald’s.

Opinion | Shiny new sports stadiums a loser for Michigan taxpayers

June 19, 2019 | Chris Douglas in Guest Commentary

Every time a new taxpayer-supported sports stadium is built, the public is promised economic development. When will we learn?

Thanks for making Detroit cool, artists. Here’s your eviction.

June 18, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Detroit

As rising rents displace artists in Detroit, an ownership change and evictions at the onetime headquarters of the Grand River Creative Corridor sparks a debate about gentrification.

Bridge, Center for Michigan win Emmy for ‘Michigan Divided’ documentary

June 17, 2019 | Bridge Staff in The Center for Michigan

Following six Michigan families with different political views for a year, “Michigan Divided” exposed our stubbornly wide partisan gap. The film won best topical documentary in the Michigan Emmy contest Saturday.

Oversight board flags ‘deterioration of care’ at Detroit Medical Center

June 17, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Nearly 10 years after Detroit hospital system is sold to for-profit company, a volunteer group of overseers is raising concerns about its patient care and transparency.