Northern Michigan stores scramble to greet tourists. Well, some stores.

May 24, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Not everyone in Traverse City and other coastal vacation hubs are geeked at the arrival of tourists on Memorial Day weekend, days after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted restrictions on northern Michigan businesses. 

New accounting fuels hope that coronavirus is better contained in Michigan

May 25, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

Michigan has changed how it reports positive coronavirus tests and the implications could influence how quickly the state's economy reopens

Coronavirus Tracker: Michigan deaths plummet to lowest level in two months

May 25, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

See Dow Chemical ponds, dioxin cleanup site after Michigan flooding

May 23, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Aerial views of flood waters in and around Midland underscore the environmental challenges facing the region following dam breaks and historic flooding this week. 

As Midland flooding recedes, a flood of class-action lawsuits begins

May 22, 2020 | David Zeman in Michigan Environment Watch

At least two cases have been filed in federal court seeking to hold the owners of two mid-Michigan dams responsible for catastrophic flooding this week.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay-at-home order through June 12

May 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan's stay-home restrictions for a few more weeks, citing an uptick in coronavirus cases in a handful of counties in mid-Michigan and the west side of the state.

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

May 22, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

At least a half-dozen sheriffs have resisted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders during the coronavirus crisis; some belong to a national group that says sheriffs are the final authority on the constitution within their county. 

It’s a long weekend. Can you hug Grandma under Michigan’s stay-home rules?

May 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has loosened restrictions on gatherings and retail stores ahead of Memorial Day weekend, but some confusion remains. Here’s what you can and can’t do. Spoiler alert: You may want to hold off on that hug.

Dana Nessel and Enbridge argue Line 5 pipeline shutdown to Michigan judge

May 22, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

In arguments to an Ingham County judge, lawyers for the attorney general say the pipeline easement below the Straits of Mackinac should never have been granted. Enbridge says the question was settled decades ago by the Legislature.  

Michigan GOP calls for Nessel to step down from investigation into dam failure

May 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Environment Watch

Republicans say Michigan’s attorney general has a conflict of interest because she recently sued the owner of a failed dam over illegally drawing down water from Wixom Lake in 2018 and 2019, killing mussels.

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

May 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press in Michigan Health Watch

Catching up on backlogged appointments — like delayed mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and other procedures — won't happen overnight, hospital officials warn.

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Michigan regulators moved fast on dangerous dam. To protect mussels.

May 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House, Robin Erb, Riley Beggin in Michigan Environment Watch

In court papers, the owners of a dam that failed this week near Midland acknowledged it was considered unsafe for decades. But Michigan’s only action against the dam was a suit contending it lowered water and killed freshwater mussels.

Bridge wins 20 awards from Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter

May 21, 2020 | Bridge Staff in The Center for Michigan

Bridge was honored for 2019 reporting covering health, environment, education and racial justice as well as breaking and investigative news.

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