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Along Michigan-Ohio border, small-town Morenci is transformed by marijuana

January 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once a frontier town dominated by agriculture, Morenci now finds itself on a new frontier, with the scent of pot wafting through its streets. Despite reluctance from “conservative farm folks,” most support the financial boost the industry has brought. 

Enbridge wins another round over Dana Nessel in Michigan Line 5 tunnel fight

January 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Environment Watch

The Court of Appeals decision this week means Enbridge can move forward for now with next steps on the project, including permit requests needed for tunnel construction


Thank you, Bridge members, for an incredible end to 2019

January 17, 2020 | Amber DeLind in The Center for Michigan

We blew away our all-time record for donations in 2019 thanks to readers who care about impactful, nonpartisan, factual Michigan news. Thank you to all those who trusted us with your time -- and money.

Dana Nessel appeals unemployment fraud case to Michigan Supreme Court

January 16, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

The state asks the court to reject the right of thousands of workers to collect monetary damages.


Michigan residents say they oppose uncertified teachers leading classrooms

January 16, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt in Talent & Education

A strong majority of Michiganders say the state must reduce the number of schools relying on long-term substitutes and find ways to ensure trained teachers are educating students, Bridge Magazine polling shows.

Michigan senator faces sexual harassment probe over comments to reporter

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

State Sen. Peter Lucido is facing bipartisan criticism and an internal sexual harassment investigation after telling a 22-year-old female reporter she could have “a lot of fun” with a group of schoolboys visiting the Michigan Capitol.

Michigan’s ‘green ooze’ may be ‘tip of iceberg’ of state’s toxic sites

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday grilled environmental regulators over their response to a “green ooze” disaster in Madison Heights. There are many other crises yet to come, lawmakers warned.  

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Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

January 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Environment Watch

An Amish community, with help from the ACLU, argues that Lenawee County is violating its religious freedom by demanding it stop using outhouses and spreading human waste in fields. Local residents are backing the Amish. 

Dana Nessel sues 3M, DuPont over ‘unconscionable’ PFAS pollution in Michigan

January 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Attorney General Dana Nessel alleges PFAS manufacturers “intentionally hid” known health and environmental risks from the public and state in order to continue profiting off “forever chemicals.”

The answer to swelling jails? Stop jailing so many folks, Michigan report says

January 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

A high-level report unveiled Tuesday recommends sweeping changes to Michigan’s criminal justice system to reduce the number of people sent to jail. The group found that far too many inmates are people of color or have mental illnesses.

Michigan the latest to roll out Medicaid work rules. Can it avoid pitfalls?

January 13, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

238,000 lower-income residents in Healthy Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program must now prove they are working or exempt to maintain coverage. Can Lansing succeed where other states have failed?    

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Five things to know about Michigan’s Medicaid work rules

January 13, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Thousands of lower-income residents must now meet monthly reporting requirements to keep their health coverage. What you need to know to maintain health coverage.

Crashes, injuries spike after Michigan boosts freeway speed limits to 75 mph

January 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

More drivers are going over 80 mph –  and crashing – since Michigan raised speed limits to 75 mph on rural freeways in 2017. But backers say worst fears about new limits haven’t materialized.