Federal shutdown gets real in Beer City: Michigan summer ales in jeopardy

Federal shutdown gets real in Beer City: Michigan summer ales in jeopardy

January 18, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

This year’s new seasonal brews may never hit the shelf, and some smaller breweries along West Michigan’s “Ale Trail” fear their openings may be at risk. Thanks, Washington!

Six things to know about the federal government shutdown in Michigan

January 18, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz in Public Sector

From food assistance to weather forecasts, the ongoing shutdown in Washington is beginning to have an impact on Michigan, which could become more profound if closed government extends into February.

Opinion | College students shouldn’t have to choose between tuition and food

January 18, 2019 | Carmel Price, Natalie Sampson in Guest Commentary

Students across Michigan now rely on campus food pantries. Worrying about your next meal is not what college is supposed to be about.

The Center for Michigan is looking to hire an outreach coordinator

January 18, 2019 | Bridge Staff in The Center for Michigan

If you have a passion for public engagement and want to impact issues critical to Michigan’s future, this is your opportunity.

Michigan secretary of state wants to settle gerrymandering lawsuit

January 17, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Public Sector

Jocelyn Benson seeks to settle the lawsuit that labeled the state’s legislative districts unfair. A settlement could pave way for new districts to be drawn for the 2020 election.

Federal government shutdown idles program that could help in Line 5 spill

January 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A computer programming system used to protect changes in Great Lakes would predict the direction of oil in the event of a pipeline mishap. But it’s been idled by the shutdown.

Michigan laws shield details of $10M grant to help ex-Republican chair

January 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Last month, lawmakers approved funding to help a company headed by a prominent Republican. But there are no records detailing the process. And if they existed, they’d be shielded under Michigan law.

Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

January 17, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Should schools be graded with a letter? A number? How about a color? How about if we told you none of it has done much to help students? Michigan churns through reform while top states stick with one plan.

In opioid war, studies urge medication. Michigan clinics push abstinence.

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

Slowly, addiction treatment centers in the state are shifting away from old-school abstinence to combining counseling with medication. But experts warn Michigan isn’t moving quickly enough

From opioid-fueled thief to grateful counselor to peers in Michigan

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

Kyle Hanshaw lied, stole and tricked doctors to get painkillers. Then he found a Bay City medication treatment program that worked.

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

January 17, 2019 | Ron Koehler in Guest Commentary

You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefitting former GOP chair

January 16, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

A company owned by former Michigan GOP chairman Bobby Schostak will benefit from one of the largest grants of the recent lame-duck spending deal. He says it’s a good investment. Others disagree.

Detroit has another charter commission. Just don’t ask why.

January 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

For the fourth time in 300 years, Detroit has convened a group to examine changes to its governing structure. But even commissioners acknowledge their mission is unclear.

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