New ballot initative would ban abortions in Michigan after fetal heartbeat

New ballot initative would ban abortions in Michigan after fetal heartbeat

May 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed a petition that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion after around six weeks. Currently, abortion is legal until around 24 weeks.

Reader FAQ: Does Michigan Lottery money really go to schools?

May 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Talent & Education

Michiganders often express skepticism that state lottery money earmarked for schools actually goes to, you know, schools. Bridge offers insight to the most frequently asked lottery conspiracy theories.

Michigan lawmaker denies bribery: ‘Do you think I would stoop that low?’

May 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Larry Inman acknowledges writing texts that appear to show him soliciting donations from a union before a key vote. The feds accuse him of bribery and extortion. He says there’s an “explanation” for his texts. The explanation? He won’t say.

Michigan Republicans and Whitmer move closer to no-fault auto insurance deal

May 16, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, says she draws line on GOP option for drivers to opt out of buying personal injury protection in car insurance. But she appears willing to reach a no-fault deal without tying it to an agreement on road funding.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s education plan will help Michigan schools like mine

May 15, 2019 | David Simpson in Guest Commentary

A middle school principal makes a pitch for Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for more school funding, and different ways of splitting up those dollars

Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

One day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will veto bills to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the anti-abortion group said it has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters in 2020.

Michigan state rep sought bribe for vote through text messages, feds allege

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

State Rep. Larry Inman, a Republican from Grand Traverse County, faces calls to resign following his indictment on charges of seeking campaign donations from a union in exchange for his vote.

Watch a video of anchor damage to Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

May 15, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

As Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer nears decision on a tunnel to protect the pipeline, a video is released of mishap that environmentalists claim shows “Great Lakes dodged a bullet.”  

Opinion | Schools and researchers must collaborate to help Detroit students

May 15, 2019 | Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ben Pogodzinski, Erica Edwards in Guest Commentary

Detroit neighborhoods with higher rates of asthma have higher school absenteeism. One in five students switched schools during the year. Data can be a valuable tool when researchers are in touch with a city’s challenges.

Gov. Whitmer, Republicans see path to deal on Michigan auto insurance reform

May 14, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she and Republicans are no closer to a deal on auto no-fault reform than they were when both chambers passed bills last week. But talks are ongoing, which both sides said was promising. 

Abortion limits pass Michigan House and Senate. What you need to know.

May 14, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Republican bills would make it a felony for health care providers to perform dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common second-trimester procedure. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vows a veto as Michigan joins other states in abortion battles.  

She was born to fight – and did for 3 years without water in Detroit

May 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Fayette Coleman was tough as nails and endured an epic water shutoff. Now, activists wonder if that led to her death. Despite 100,000 shutoffs, no one knows because the issue is scarcely researched.

Opinion | Here’s how Gov. Whitmer can limit impact of Medicaid work requirements

May 14, 2019 | Samuel R. Bagenstos in Guest Commentary

A law professor makes a public case for how Gov. Whitmer could undercut the GOP’s work requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid recipients.

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