Rural Michigan needs doctors. Paying their debts may be an answer

Rural Michigan needs doctors. Paying their debts may be an answer

July 22, 2019 | Robin Erb

Lawmakers eye expansion of program that pays student debt of medical professionals who practice in underserved areas, as the Michigan doctor shortage intensifies.

Paid sick leave: What to know about the Michigan law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The high court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether Republicans in Lansing acted lawfully in passing a paid sick leave bill last year before neutering it. The court may offer its opinion, or it may not, raising the specter of a formal lawsuit. 

Opinion | I’m an economist and I support payday loans

July 17, 2019 | Gary Wolfram in Guest Commentary

Sure, payday loans charge 400 percent interest. But they can help low-income Michigan residents make it to their next payday, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Think it’s hot now? Michigan’s 90° days could quadruple in 20 years

July 16, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Michigan Environment Watch

Climate change could bring sweltering, dangerous summers to the Midwest, a new report warns, with 34 days per year above 90° if nothing is done. Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor and Monroe would be the hottest.

Climate change could bring woe to Michigan’s lakes, farms, forests

July 16, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

More than heat, unchecked climate change could worsen crop yields, infrastructure and air pollution. Here’s what researchers say could happen in Michigan in coming decades.

Michigan environment roundup: Expect severe algae blooms on Lake Erie

July 16, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

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

Republican ideas to fund Michigan road repairs taking shape over summer

July 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Republicans are under pressure to counter Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax proposal to raise $2.5 billion for roads without raising taxes. Among ideas being floated: local gas taxes and pension bonds, both of which carry risks.

Detroit battle over video surveillance reaches fever pitch as crime falls

July 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Detroit

An emotional battle over facial recognition software has come to Detroit, one of the nation’s most violent cities, amid questions over the technology’s racial bias.

The University of Michigan invested big in Detroit. Now come the evictions.

July 12, 2019 | Sarah Alvarez in Detroit

U-M’s endowment’s investment in a firm that buys and renovates tax-foreclosed homes in Detroit is prompting evictions and big equity questions in a rapidly changing city. 

U-M’s Schlissel: ‘Our children will suffer’ because of how we treat higher education today

July 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The University of Michigan president speaks out on topics ranging from financial aid to road funding in an interview with Bridge Magazine.

Michigan doctors not trained to treat opioid abuse ‒ and don't want to be

July 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

A statewide survey found most primary care physicians don’t want training to administer the “gold standard” treatment of opioid abuse, even as overdose deaths tripled in Michigan.

Invasive plants choke Michigan waters. So why can anyone order them online?

July 11, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Michigan Environment Watch

Residents can order invasive plants through specialty websites, even though they are illegal in Michigan. Is there a better way to protect the state’s fish, waters and tourism industry? 

Enbridge begins geological work for Line 5 tunnel, despite Nessel lawsuit

July 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The energy giant will begin geological sampling this week in the Straits of Mackinac, two weeks after Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit to shut down the dual Line 5 pipelines while separately blocking a $500 million tunnel plan to protect them.

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