Prosecutors put a Michigan man in prison for life. And they got him out.

February 20, 2020 | Anna Clark

Ramon Ward was released Thursday after serving 25 years for a double murder he didn’t commit. His exoneration followed a review by prosecutors, one of several steps the state is taking to right past wrongs.

specimen testing

The first line of defense against coronavirus: Try soap, not a mask

February 7, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

As health officials marshal resources to contain a new  coronavirus, which hasn't hit Michigan, there are simple steps anyone can take to reduce risks. You don’t need special equipment. 

Kolehouse

For new Michigan moms with postpartum depression, where to turn for help

February 7, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Postpartum depression afflicts about one in seven moms. Diagnosis and treatment lag, especially among low-income, African-American and Latino mothers. Here’s a primer on where to turn.

Treating mothers’ trauma as a way to prevent youth violence

February 7, 2020 | J. Brian Charles in Michigan Health Watch

SURE Moms focuses on an area less often targeted by anti-violence efforts. It tries to lower juvenile crime and recidivism by providing counseling and support to the mothers of kids linked to much of the area’s violence. It’s not about what happens on the street, but what happens in the home.

As Michigan braces for coronavirus, H1N1 quietly makes a comeback

February 6, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

A small lab at the University of Michigan is one of five U.S. sites that monitor influenza viruses to gauge vaccine effectiveness. The lab also is monitoring coronavirus developments as part of a federal effort.

newborn

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health budget is heavy on prevention

February 6, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Addressing everyday social determinants today — from food security to postpartum care to youngsters’ teeth — will save more in the long run, says Michigan’s Health and Human Services director.

education budget

Preschoolers, older college students win in Whitmer education budget

February 6, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan’s governor proposes a big move toward universal pre-K and free training and college for adults in a budget that includes the biggest school aid increase in 20 years. State university funding? Meh.

mother

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Much could change before Michigan adopts a budget this year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants more money for vulnerable mothers, environmental cleanups and education. College and municipal leaders aren’t so happy.

Pure Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

The Democratic governor is proposing $15 million in funding for the tourism advertising campaign she nixed last year during a budget .

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Environment Watch

Democratic presidential candidates’ plans for water quality, climate change and other environmental issues could have major effects on Michigan.

Fact Squad | Dueling ads take on Gov. Whitmer and those damn Michigan roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Is Gretchen Whitmer a hero for borrowing billions to fix highways or has she already broken a central campaign promise? Michigan Fact Squad investigates ads reaching opposite conclusions on the governor.

auto crash

With auto rate relief promised, Michigan gives new scrutiny to insurers

February 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Michigan is beefing up anti-fraud investigations and mounting a public education campaign to help drivers realize savings promised in a new law that takes effect this summer.

Yorkshire Woods sign

Detroit has a lot riding on 2020 Census. Can enlisting neighbors boost count?

February 5, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt in Michigan Government

Detroit is considered one of the hardest cities in the nation to count in the Census, and is working hard to increase participation in some neighborhoods. Plenty of distrust remains, though, as evidenced by efforts in the small east side neighborhood of Yorkshire Woods.

Investors