Nearly a third of Michigan educators mull quitting because of coronavirus

June 4, 2020 | Ron French

A survey of Michigan educators reveals that thousands may flee schools because of the pandemic, putting further strain on a school system facing budget cuts and uncertain public health restraints.

No band, buses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

June 4, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

School leaders across the state are pleading for federal funding to ease otherwise crippling budget cuts caused by coronavirus revenue shortfalls.

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After devastating flood, Sanford Lake homeowners face new threat

June 4, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Environment Watch

More than two weeks after dam breaks and a flood, new woes have emerged in mid-Michigan where erosion threatens homes along the shoreline of Sanford Lake just northwest of Midland.

Michigan Supreme Court kicks GOP challenge of Whitmer powers to lower court

June 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The Michigan Supreme Court, in a close ruling mirroring the bench's split, tells the state Legislature that a lower court must first consider its challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency powers.

Coronavirus Tracker: 206 more cases; 41K file for unemployment

June 4, 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 Senate passes training bill aimed at reducing police brutality

June 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The legislation would require training in personal biases, de-escalation techniques and safely policing people with mental illnesses and comes amid national protests against police treatment of African Americans.

Six of seven Michigan small businesses don’t expect to regain lost sales

June 4, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

As Michigan begins to reopen, 87 percent Michigan small businesses forecast sales declines. A survey also shows more business owners favor President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic than they do that of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

How to be an ally in Michigan protests against injustice, police brutality

June 4, 2020 | Olivia Lewis in Urban Affairs

Organizers of Detroit protests and longtime activists give newcomers and well-meaning allies advice. Listen, participate in protests, and advocate for policy change, say local leaders.

After Midland floods, a question: Where did waters carry toxic chemicals?

June 3, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Scientists and environmental activists say they’re hopeful recent floodwaters didn’t undo years of work to clean up dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River, but they’re awaiting sampling results to know for sure.

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MSU’s likely fall plan: face masks, takeout food and Saturday classes

June 3, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

College will be a far different experience for students in East Lansing in September, as the school works to keep students and staff safe from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Whitmer eases restrictions on hospital visits as coronavirus spread slows

June 3, 2020 | Sophia Yoon in Michigan Health Watch

Families will soon once again be able to visit their loved ones in Michigan hospitals, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled back restrictions put in place in March to tamp down the pandemic.

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Insomnia, flashbacks hitting Michigan hospital workers as coronavirus ebbs

June 3, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Kelly House in Michigan Health Watch

Burnout and suicide rates were already high among health care workers. Now, hospital systems and mental health providers are responding to trauma caused by the intensity of responding to COVID-19.

What is my future? How Michigan teens and young adults deal with isolation

June 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Experts expect a wave of mental health issues for adolescents and young adults following months of quarantine during the coronavirus crisis.

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