Study: Wage gap widens between Black, white workers, especially in Michigan

August 12, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Both races make less than they did 40 years ago when adjusted for inflation. But wages for Black workers have declined more since the 1970s, in part because of a loss of manufacturing and widening gap in educational opportunities.

Coronavirus Tracker | Michigan's confirmed cases fall

August 12, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Michigan’s auto industry struggled in Q2. CEOs say challenges remain.

August 12, 2020 | David Wilkins in Business Watch

A look at public filings shows that the leaders of the state’s largest auto businesses don’t yet see the end to COVID-19 slowdowns and sales contraction.

Michigan businesses want cut of millions from uncollected pop returnables

August 12, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

The beverage industry is pushing for legislation that would give it a piece of the $40 million-plus from Michigan’s unclaimed bottle deposit money, diverting it away from state environmental cleanups.

Michigan business snapshot of Q2 earnings shows losses — and a few wins

August 12, 2020 | David Wilkins in Business Watch

Cereal is selling well for Kellogg amid coronavirus, but many other public companies in the state are still struggling with low earnings.

Staff at Michigan nursing homes ravaged by COVID-19 set to strike

August 12, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Saying they are underpaid and unprotected, union members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan say they’re ready to walk. State nursing home advocate says pay has increased; COVID made staffing and PPE a struggle.

Michigan school reopening tracker: Find out if your district is starting in person or online

August 12, 2020 | Lori Higgins in Talent & Education

If the nearly two-dozen plans or announcements made so far are any indication, most public school students can expect to start the school year similar to the way they ended the last: online.

Michigan’s ‘tampon tax’ challenged in new lawsuit

August 12, 2020 | Barbara Rodriguez, The 19th in Michigan Health Watch

The litigation is part of a national movement toward exempting menstrual products from states' sales taxes.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate to help take on Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, ending speculation he could pick Whitmer or other candidates who had been vetted for the role.

Report: Michigan needs more entrepreneurs as it loses ground to other states

August 11, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Michigan emerged from the Great Recession with a good environment for new businesses. But it wasn’t great. Now, the challenge to improve is more urgent.

Fact Squad: John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

An attack ad from Republican challenger John James uses a 2-second clip and old attendance records to argue Sen. Gary Peters should have done a better job safeguarding against the coronavirus. In making the case, the ad omits some key facts.

Michigan declares racism a health crisis. Without funding, it’s symbolic.

August 11, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

In Michigan and elsewhere, Black residents have lower life expectancies and face a host of health inequities. An order from Gov. Whitmer declares racism a health threat, but officials say funding and follow-through is key to make a difference.

Judge closes case on Michigan teenager detained for not doing homework

August 11, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois in Children & Families

The 15-year-old is now free from the court system. In a hearing, an Oakland County judge released her from probation after a caseworker said, “It is best for the family to move forward.”

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