New ballot initiative would ban abortions in Michigan after fetal heartbeat

New ballot initiative would ban abortions in Michigan after fetal heartbeat

May 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed a petition that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion after around six weeks. Currently, abortion is legal until around 24 weeks.

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

May 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the controversial election law passed by lame-duck Republicans “creates an obstacle for voters without any support in the (state) Constitution itself.”

Jeep deal promises Detroit 5,000 jobs. But will they go to Detroiters?

May 22, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Detroiters get first crack at jobs from $2.5B plants. But the skills gap could make it harder for them to get construction jobs to build the facility. 

Michigan’s abortion rate among nation’s highest. What you need to know.

May 22, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

As lawmakers debate restrictions on abortion in Michigan and elsewhere, a look at numbers that help frame the debate.

Lansing inches toward no-fault deal, as Whitmer remarks add to optimism

May 21, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Personal injury protection coverage choices and medical fee caps are two remaining issues on the table for Michigan no-fault insurance reform. GOP hoping for agreement this week. 

Five months in, the precarious state of bipartisanship in Lansing

May 21, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Michigan’s new Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders promised bipartisan collaboration this year as divided government replaced eight years of Republican rule. Despite skirmishes, the two sides are still talking.

Michigan is investing heavily in early reading. So far, it’s not working.

May 21, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Only three intermediate school districts out of 56 in Michigan are showing increases in third-grade reading. A leading educator asks for patience.

Opinion | Gays don’t need to be ‘fixed.’ Michigan must ban conversion therapy

May 21, 2019 | Mallory McMorrow in Guest Commentary

Sixteen states have banned conversion therapy, the controversial practice of trying to turn LGBTQ youth to embrace heterosexuality. It’s time for Michigan to join them.

Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

In a battle over fairness and who controls Michigan’s renewable energy future, utilities successfully pushed state lawmakers and regulators to lower compensation for rooftop solar owners who add electricity grid.

Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Amid shifting economics and concerns about climate change, Michigan’s biggest energy utility vows to slash carbon dioxide emissions 90 percent by 2040 — without building any new natural gas plants.

As the earth warms, Midwest searches to cut greenhouse gas

May 20, 2019 | Jack Cushman in Michigan Environment Watch

From farmers cutting manure to changes in the transportation industry, folks are looking for changes large and small as the climate changes.

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Poll: parents don’t know Michigan's 3rd-grade reading law, love A-to-F school grades

May 20, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Talent & Education

Parents care about improving Michigan schools. But they aren’t hung up on the “controversies” in Lansing’s education circles, according to a new poll.

Investors