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Michigan wants drivers to learn to love roundabouts. It’s been a slow go.

January 23, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Michigan is the birthplace of the three-signal traffic light. But roads engineers increasingly are dumping them for roundabouts, which are safer, improve traffic flows and drive motorists nuts.

Liberal group launches ballot effort to change Michigan lobbying laws

January 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Voters could decide in November whether to approve a constitutional amendment to increase disclosure rules for lobbyists and bar them from giving lawmakers anything of value.

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How to safely navigate roundabouts in Michigan

January 23, 2020 | Joel Kurth in Michigan Government

Tips and facts about roundabouts, which are becoming more common in Michigan. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

University of Michigan provost accused of sexual misconduct

January 22, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Several people have made sexual misconduct allegations against Martin Philbert, a longtime fixture in Ann Arbor and former dean of U-M’s School of Public Health.  

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Michigan still owes GM over $2 billion in tax credits from Great Recession

January 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

An old Michigan tax credit program designed to stem massive job losses over a decade ago continues to gouge the state budget, but a new deal with General Motors Co. will at least provide some certainty in future years.

Michigan cherry industry still trying to absorb tariff loss to Turkey

January 22, 2020 | Bob Campbell in Economy

Stunned by a recent ruling against the struggling industry, the state’s cherry growers consider next steps, including a new offensive that involves Brazil and U.S. Customs. 

Senator accuses Lucido of harassment as #MeToo reckoning hits Michigan Capitol

January 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Sen. Peter Lucido, who chairs powerful committees, is facing a second accusation of sexual harassment, this time from a colleague. He denies the accusations.

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How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

January 21, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Environment Watch

State regulators have changed daily catch limits for Michigan’s state fish four times since 2017 as they try to balance conservation concerns against the frustration of many Upper Peninsula anglers.

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Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

January 21, 2020 | Monica Williams in Michigan Environment Watch

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

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

January 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

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

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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.

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