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Detroit says no proof water shutoffs harm health. Get real, experts say.

February 26, 2020 | Joel Kurth

 Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to declare a state emergency to end Detroit water shutoffs, prompting debate about how much proof is needed about health detriments that researchers say are obvious.  

Coronavirus Tracker: What Michigan needs to know now

February 26, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

The new coronavirus is claiming hundreds of lives and infecting thousands more, threatening to become a pandemic. Here are the latest updates from the Bridge Health Watch team.

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How to prepare for coronavirus in Michigan. Step 1: Breathe

February 26, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Health experts say the COVID-19 coronavirus is on its way. As hospitals and health systems prepare, simple steps can help protect you and your loved ones.

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1.2 million Michiganders at risk of not being counted in 2020 Census

February 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

State officials warn that an undercount could have serious repercussions for the state, including diminished funding and less representation in Congress.

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

February 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

 It’s almost Election Day, and a lot has changed since the last major election. Here’s how to vote in the presidential primary.

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As U.S. braces for coronavirus, Detroit hospital sets up 5 patient rooms

February 25, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

A CDC official said the virus’s spread to the United States is inevitable, which is why Michigan officials are preparing as they battle flu cases. In one Detroit hospital ‘negative pressure rooms’ await patients.   

Gretchen Whitmer asks to stop Michigan Medicaid work rules; 80,000 at risk

February 25, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

80,000 Michiganders who must report to work — or prove to the state why they can’t — have until Saturday to file reports, according to the governor’s office. The state GOP stands behind the work rules. 

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

February 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

In the depths of the Great Recession, Michigan invested in a fund to help high-tech startups. Some of those firms have left the state, and the program spent $255,000 for every job it created. Taxpayers are stuck with the tab.

Michiganders accept climate change but say others more likely to suffer

February 24, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt in Michigan Environment Watch

Yale polling data find most Michigan residents believe in climate change, are worried about it, and think it’ll harm people in the United States. But they also believe they won’t be impacted personally.

For weary Michigan seniors, a retirement in name only

February 24, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Kicking back is not an option for a growing number of residents over 60, who increasingly find themselves caring for very old parents or very young grandchildren. “We’re getting old and we’re not dying.”

More Michigan grandparents are raising grandkids. Two bills may help them.

February 24, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

An estimated 120,000 Michiganders age 60 or older are taking on the round-the-clock job of parenting children or teens, double rates of a generation ago. Help may finally be on the way.

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Democratic presidential hopefuls have big goals for electric vehicle production in their efforts to combat climate change. Michigan automakers are unlikely to meet those timetables, though, and unions fear electric vehicles could kill jobs.

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Democratic presidential candidates want to ensure that all new light vehicles sold in the United States emit no carbon as soon as 2030. Read their plans for how to get there.

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