Michigan judge suspends Gov. Whitmer’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan judge suspends Gov. Whitmer’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

October 15, 2019 | Robin Erb

In granting a preliminary injunction, the judge said the state undermined its own argument that the move was a public health “emergency.”

Judge: Jury should decide if Michigan Rep. Larry Inman broke the law

October 15, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Were Michigan Rep. Larry Inman’s solicitations for donations ‘legitimate legislative sausage making’ or a ‘criminal attempt to extort money’? A jury will decide, after a judge declines to dismiss the case.

Michigan surgeons offered more money to limit opioids for pain

October 15, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Blue Cross offers 35 percent boost in insurance reimbursement when doctors rein in opioid prescriptions after common surgeries. The effort shows some promise in a state hammered by opioid deaths.

Pelvic exams in surgery? Not without woman’s consent, Michigan lawmaker vows

October 15, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Some women have been subjected to unexpected exams by medical students and residents in the name of education. Men, meanwhile, have been given rectal exams during prostate surgery.

Opinion | Michigan budget should reflect shared values on health, well-being

October 15, 2019 | Robert Gordon in Guest Commentary

While the budget that went into effect on Oct. 1 funded many Michigan health priorities, many vital needs remain unmet.

Opinion | Michigan dental patients deserve better than Medicare for All

October 15, 2019 | Janet Miller in Guest Commentary

Access, affordability and coverage already act as major hurdles to proper dental care for too many families. Medicare for All proposals currently under consideration by Congress—and similar plans — could make things much worse.

Opinion | We must work together to reverse Whitmer cuts to autism services

October 14, 2019 | Julie Calley, Ben Frederick in Guest Commentary

Two GOP representatives -- also parents of special needs children -- say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was wrong to use vulnerable residents as leverage in the road funding debate. They've introduced a proposal  that would restore funding for the autism services she cut from the budget.

Plans for visitor center at Michigan Capitol downsized after Whitmer veto

October 14, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

A visitor center next to the state Capitol will be smaller after the first-term governor nixes an additional $15 million for the project.

A U-M researcher gets public’s help tracking deadly balloons in the Great Lakes

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

What goes up must come down, and balloon debris is killing wildlife, says Lara O'Brien. She launched a survey in June that’s already found more than 1,000 pieces of balloons along Michigan’s Great Lakes — as far away as Isle Royale.

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Opinion | Don't repair or replace aging gas lines; shut the gas off

October 14, 2019 | Steven B. Smiley in Guest Commentary

Wind and solar energy beat the cost of gas. Detroit and other cities don’t need to invest in gas lines, when they could save $60 billion on repair expenses and environmental and fuel costs, this energy economist writes.

In Nassar’s wake, MSU combines oversight of its health colleges

October 11, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Still reeling from damage by serial sexual abuser and former university doctor, Michigan State University said the changes are intended to help rebuild trust and accountability.

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

October 11, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Attorney General Nessel is asking the judge to ignore her heated rhetoric as a private citizen and suspend his recent ruling allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to gay or transgender parents.