In the age of Uber, will metro Detroit shell out billions for buses?

November 14, 2019 | Michael Jackman

New technology is revolutionizing transit options. Will they complement mass transit or threaten it? That’s a question that could undergird an upcoming vote on a mass transportation tax.

Opinion | Detroit’s future depends on training Detroiters for today’s jobs

November 14, 2019 | Jodie Adams Kirshner in Guest Commentary

Manufacturing no longer provides the jobs for a city with the nation’s lowest workforce participation rate. In this Guest Commentary, the author of a new book on post-bankruptcy Detroit suggests a smarter training approach for the city’s forgotten workers. 

Liberal super PAC sues Michigan over voting restrictions

November 13, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Priorities USA argues in two lawsuits that state laws prohibiting certain voter services unconstitutionally restrict the right to vote. A state Republican leader said the restrictions are important to discourage voter fraud.

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11 safety tips for deer firearms hunting in Michigan

November 13, 2019 | Bob Campbell in Quality of Life

With the beginning of Michigan’s firearms deer hunting season this Friday, Nov. 15, here are some reminders to help avert tragedy.


Michigan hunters thought they shot deer, squirrels — they hit other hunters

November 13, 2019 | Bob Campbell in Quality of Life

While accidental shootings are down in Michigan, a review of hunting incident reports reveal some common mistakes that can lead to hunters shooting themselves or others.

What went wrong in the shootings of three Michigan hunters last year

November 13, 2019 | Bob Campbell in Quality of Life

Matthew Boeck was shot on the far side of a bait pile. Justin Beutel was killed as he field dressed a buck. Chong Moua Yang survived a secret war in southeast Asia only to die at the base of his tree stand.

Michigan transplant surgeon calls vaping damage to teen’s lungs 'evil'

November 12, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

As vaping illnesses climb, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit perform a double lung transplant on young vaping victim — reportedly the first operation in the country as a result of vaping damage.

‘You just react’ — Hunter deaths shadow opening of Michigan firearms season

November 12, 2019 | Bob Campbell in Quality of Life

Last year, three hunters were killed in the opening days of deer firearms season, which begins Friday. As hunters return to Michigan’s woods, the shootings illustrate how quickly a human life can be lost.

Think your house is hard to unload? Try selling a prison.

November 12, 2019 | Anna Clark in Michigan Government

Prison closings can decimate towns that depend on the jobs. With 24 Michigan prisons and camps shuttered in the past 15 years, state and local officials are trying to think smarter about what’s next. 


Marquette girds for climate change in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

November 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Marquette may become a destination as high heat and drought drive folks from southern communities more vulnerable to a shifting climate. But it still faces challenges — from intensifying rains to disease-carrying pests.

Old mines, perilous drains in Michigan’s Copper Country, which now eyes a fix

November 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Epic floods devastated Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. Foundations are now stepping in to fix a unique vulnerability: century-old drainage systems — built by mining companies — that sat neglected after mines shuttered and towns shrank.

As climate change threatens Midwest cultural identity, cities explore how to adapt

November 11, 2019 | Dan Gearino in Michigan Environment Watch

The spring floods were just the latest wake-up call as global warming raises the risks for everything from ice fishing to growing seasons.

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Opinion | The veteran population is changing. We must change with it

November 9, 2019 | Zaneta Adams in Guest Commentary

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is restructuring operations and expanding its reach amid a high suicide rate among young veterans and a rise in women who need service, the director writes in this Guest Commentary.