30-minute guarantee at Michigan Secretary of State — if you have appointment

December 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she’s met her promise of 30-minute waits at every branch office, thanks to innovative changes. Walk-ins, though, can still wait for hours and getting an appointment at busier branches can take time.

'It's always about the money': Larry Inman bribery case goes to jurors

December 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Michigan state Rep. Larry Inman's fate is now in the hands of jurors, who are considering whether the third-term Republican lawmaker is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt" of extortion, bribery and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Michigan trying to quicken insurance approval for drugs, medical treatment

December 8, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Insurers say “prior authorization” requirements reduce wasteful spending on unnecessary medications or services. Doctors counter that it can go too far, raising administrative costs and putting patients at risk.  ​

Finding suicide risk in blood clues. Michigan patients to be tested.

December 8, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

A study involving Grand Rapids researchers and Columbia University seeks to identify links between certain blood markers and people at greater risk of attempting suicide.

Larry Inman trial highlights blurred lines and boozy underbelly of Michigan politics

December 5, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Testimony in state Rep. Larry Inman’s criminal trial for alleged extortion and bribery has showed unsavory side of Michigan’s political system. And Thursday, the case forced one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers to take the stand.  

Opinion | We’re changing the rules for factory farms in Michigan

December 5, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Rebecca Wolf in Guest Commentary

Michigan is nearing common sense reforms of factory farms, but Big Ag is determined to block them.

Appeals court: Michigan workers can seek damages for false fraud claims

December 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

The Court of Appeals rules on a lawsuit on behalf of workers falsely accused of unemployment fraud by a state agency computer system.

Enbridge lost rods in the Straits. It didn’t tell Michigan for two months.

December 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Environment Watch

Enbridge says the accident involving lost rods at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac doesn’t pose an environmental risk. But some environmental groups are worried it indicates problems to come. 

Community college costs soar in Michigan. Blame sinking state aid.

December 4, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

The cost of attending a community college varies widely in Michigan, with schools in suburban Detroit half the cost of colleges elsewhere in the state.

Detroit Chamber: Metro students must finish degrees to find good jobs

December 4, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Talent & Education

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s first State of Education report bemoans high dropout rates in postsecondary education, leaving students with debt but not the credentials to get solid jobs with local employers.


Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

December 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Michigan lawmakers passed bills Wednesday that reflect an agreement to return $573.5 million to the state budget. A deal would restore funding to popular GOP programs, including money for charter schools, autism programming and rural hospitals.

Opioid addiction treatment just got easier for thousands in Michigan

December 3, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

The state’s health department struck down a red tape obstacle to “gold standard” treatment that can help patients with addictions.

Feds: Union solicited by state Rep. Larry Inman worked to recall him

December 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

The trial began Tuesday for Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the FBI.