Two heirs bought Midland dams as a tax shelter. Tragedy followed.

May 27, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House, Riley Beggin

Heirs to the fortune of the Boy Scouts founder — an architect and a bagpiper — purchased the Edenville Dam as an investment to avoid taxes, records show. For 14 years, the family trust clashed with government officials on taxes, regulations, fishing and other issues. Then came the rains.

Michigan State to bring students back to campus in fall amid coronavirus

May 27, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Classes will be back in session in East Lansing, but students will leave at Thanksgiving. Football weekends? Those are still up in the air.

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What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

May 27, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The coronavirus has left college officials with hard choices about the fall semester — bring students back, continue remote learning, or find a hybrid approach. Bridge will track plans as they are announced.

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Coronavirus Tracker: State reports more than 500 new cases, 68 deaths

May 27, 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.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launches investigation into Midland dam failures

May 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Environment Watch

The state launches investigation into the failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams in mid-Michigan last week, which prompted the evacuations of more than 10,000 residents. But critics say the state agency that oversaw the dam shouldn't investigate itself.

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Emails show Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a contact tracing deal to a controversial firm, despite her public denials about the awarding of the no-bid contract.


Nearly killed by COVID-19, Michigan doctors, nurses return humbled, smarter

May 26, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Two new studies suggest 1 in 100 health care workers involved in the care of coronavirus patients may have become infected themselves. Bridge Magazine spoke to some of them about how their experiences changed them.

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Enforcing traditional petition signature thresholds amid a global pandemic that requires social distancing would be unconstitutional, according to Fair and Equal Michigan, which sued the state on Monday.

Coronavirus air travel: a postcard from a Michigan to Tampa-bound plane

May 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

As Michigan creeps toward re-opening, Bridge Business Editor Paula Gardner shares what it’s like at Detroit Metro Airport and on a crowded airplane.

Michigan travel industry feels ‘pressures in all directions’

May 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Tourism drives billions of dollars into the state’s economy. Now, after months of coronavirus shut-downs,  it’s starting summer without answers on when it can attempt to do that again.

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

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

May 24, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt in Business Watch

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. 

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. 

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