How toxic is PFAS?  Exposed residents slow to aid research in Michigan

How toxic is PFAS? Exposed residents slow to aid research in Michigan

June 14, 2019 | Robin Erb

In Kent County, the state hopes blood tests of PFAS contaminated households could inform health decisions. But only half of eligible residents seem willing, casting into doubt Michigan’s role in a larger, federal study.

Anguish in Benton Harbor as years of mistakes lead to a school’s likely demise

June 6, 2019 | Ron French, Ted Roelofs in Talent & Education

Teachers blame administrators. Administrators blame the board. The board blames the state. Caught in the middle are students saddled with devastatingly low rates of achievement.

Ex-Senate Leader sent email citing influence with Michigan pot board

June 6, 2019 | Craig Mauger in Public Sector

Arlan Meekhof, who has consulted for marijuana clients since leaving the Legislature, wrote in February that he spoke with the pot board chair about his clients, emails show. That raised red flags among state officials.

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

June 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Attorney General Dana Nessel claims the Republican law, which placed new restrictions on the statewide ballot initiative process, is unconstitutional. The GOP now is going to court in a bid to force the Secretary of State to ignore Nessel’s opinion.

Report: Tug dragged 6-ton anchor for days after denting Line 5 pipeline

June 5, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says new federal report detailing anchor strike shows ‘all of the enforcement mechanisms in the world won’t prevent a tragedy.’

Surging Great Lakes water levels shrink beaches, flood docks in Michigan

June 5, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A few years after record lows, Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior broke records for average water heights in May

Opinion | Climate change drives shifts between high, low Great Lakes water levels

June 5, 2019 | Drew Gronewold, Richard B. Rood in Michigan Environment Watch

Great Lakes are in ‘unchartered territory,’ as climate change prompts sudden lurches in water levels, two University of Michigan professors write.

The debate is on: Will wolves move to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula?

June 5, 2019 | Eric Freedman in Michigan Environment Watch

More than 500 wolves live in the Upper Peninsula, but some scientists are split about whether they will return to the Northern Lower Peninsula

Wolves face genetic challenge in Michigan’s Isle Royale, study says

June 5, 2019 | Kaley Fech in Michigan Environment Watch

Scientists are scrambling to learn why the wolf population has plummeted on Isle Royale. Blame genes, one study suggests.

See if your child is eligible for free Michigan dental care from Medicaid

June 4, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Many of Michigan’s poor children and adults have gone years without dental care, losing teeth and risking serious health problems. Here is how to find free help for your child's oral health.

Michigan offers free dental care to poor kids; more than 400,000 don’t use it

June 4, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Nearly half the state’s poor young people don’t take advantage of the Medicaid program, compromising their health. Explanations are complicated. But the problem is fixable.

Michigan lawmaker: Require dental screenings for school children

June 4, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

A West Michigan representative said he originally dismissed the need for such a law. Then he noticed his own daughter’s teeth.

Opinion | Michigan needs vote-by-mail elections

June 4, 2019 | Walt Sorg in Guest Commentary

Voting by mail increases participation and deceases cost. That sounds like a win-win for the state.