How toxic is PFAS?  Exposed residents slow to aid research in Michigan

How toxic is PFAS? Exposed residents slow to aid research in Michigan

June 14, 2019 | Robin Erb

In Kent County, the state hopes blood tests of PFAS contaminated households could inform health decisions. But only half of eligible residents seem willing, casting into doubt Michigan’s role in a larger, federal study.

As deadline passes, Benton Harbor and state negotiate fate of high school

June 14, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Friday was supposed to be the day Benton Harbor learned if its high school would remain open. Instead, the district and Michigan officials may still be seeking a resolution other than dissolving the district.  

Amid PFAS nightmare, unlikely activists are born in Michigan

June 14, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Once strangers who sought privacy and quiet, PFAS has forced unexpected alliances in northern Kent County. This week, one group took their stories to Boston, fueled by a love of community.

Opinion | Michigan high schools should require college financial aid literacy

June 14, 2019 | Darrin Camilleri in Guest Commentary

Rep. Darrin Camilleri may not have been able to afford college if he didn’t figure out how to fill out a federal financial aid form called the FAFSA. He’s now pushing to make the form a high school requirement.

Flint mayor satisfied, but others outraged after water charges dropped

June 13, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Public Sector

Flint leaders are both hopeful and skeptical that Attorney General Dana Nessel will reboot the criminal cases and prosecute high-ranking officials  

Bridge-linked documentary on Detroit’s 1967 uprising hits Amazon Prime

June 13, 2019 | Bridge Staff in Detroit

'12th and Clairmount' uses the words and home videos of black and white Detroiters to describe the combustible race relations that stoked the violence, leaving 43 people dead and entire neighborhoods in ruin.

Dana Nessel's office drops charges in Flint water contamination case

June 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Public Sector

Charges against the state’s former top doctor and former health director have been dropped but could be refiled, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says.  

Whites get half of mortgages in Detroit, nation’s largest majority black city

June 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Detroit

Detroit’s mortgage market is back, but mortgages are disproportionately going to whites. Blacks are buying in suburbs instead. ‘It looks like they’ve given up’ on Detroit, one Realtor says.

Opinion | Detroit is booming. Too bad residents aren’t getting the jobs.

June 13, 2019 | Gary Sands in Detroit

In five years, 31,000 jobs have been created in Detroit. But fewer residents are employed. The data suggests concerns over benefits of economic development initiatives are largely justified.

Michigan lawmakers’ pet projects get funding, new controls added

June 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

New legislation fixes minor errors so road, dam projects can move forward and funds an effort to bring a space program to northern Michigan.  

Suicide, depression on rise in rural Michigan, but psychiatrists are scarce

June 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Doctors in the Upper Peninsula and other rural regions report long waits for psychiatric care; child specialists are even harder to find. Can student loan forgiveness for medical residents and telemedicine reduce the gap?

More than a dozen hospitals in rural Michigan at ‘high risk’ of closing

June 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

A devastating trend shows few signs of slowing, which means longer waits for an ambulance, distant maternity care and a brutal cycle that may lead more residents (and medical workers) to abandon rural communities.

In Alabama, one rural town reached for its wallet to keep its hospital open

June 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Residents who depended on the hospital in tiny Haleyville agreed to pay hikes in sales and property taxes. Their sacrifice in tax-averse Alabama may portend what it will take to keep other rural medical facilities in business.