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Prosecutors put a Michigan man in prison for life. Then they got him out.

Prosecutors put a Michigan man in prison for life. Then they got him out.

February 20, 2020 | Anna Clark

Ramon Ward was released Thursday after serving 25 years for a double murder he didn’t commit. His exoneration followed a review by prosecutors, one of several steps the state is taking to right past wrongs.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

Driver hurt by concrete chunk. It fell from a bridge Michigan deemed safe.

February 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan has more than 447 bridges that are in rough shape. The piece of concrete that fell and injured a driver in Lansing on Thursday wasn’t one of them, compounding fears of crumbling infrastructure.

 National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

February 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Democratic super PAC hopes to strike down state rules barring transportation to polls and help delivering absentee ballots. Republicans say they have an interest in stopping that.

Kurt Metzger | The Census is coming. Racial controversy is never far behind

Kurt Metzger | The Census is coming. Racial controversy is never far behind

February 20, 2020 | Kurt Metzger

The U.S. Census Bureau’s decision not to allow a category for Middle Eastern North African in this year’s count is the latest in a long history of controversies involving race.

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

February 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Clerks fear an uptick in absentee ballots will mean late nights and delayed election results, but a leading lawmaker says proposed solutions won’t move.

Michigan ballots loaded with tax requests in primary GOP voters may skip

Michigan ballots loaded with tax requests in primary GOP voters may skip

February 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan voters to decide 245 local ballot proposals in March, an unusually high number for a primary. The requests are prompting debate because Republican participation turnout may be low because President Trump faces token opposition.

Court: Much of Michigan sex offender registry not enforceable until fixed

Court: Much of Michigan sex offender registry not enforceable until fixed

February 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The federal ruling puts pressure on the state Legislature to produce clearer rules that are fair to offenders on the list and stand up to constitutional scrutiny.

Fact Squad | Gary Peters touts veterans work, bipartisan record in first ad

Fact Squad | Gary Peters touts veterans work, bipartisan record in first ad

February 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The first-term incumbent senator says he’s one of the most effective and most bipartisan legislators in Congress. A subjective claim? For sure. Fact Squad takes a look.

Pot businesses join Michigan GOP in opposing labor pacts with workers

Pot businesses join Michigan GOP in opposing labor pacts with workers

February 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A debate over marijuana industry rules made unlikely bedfellows of the state’s new marijuana industry and conservative politicians and business groups that had opposed recreational pot.

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change higher education

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change higher education

February 10, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Lower (or free) college tuition? Erasing student loan debt? Democrats running for president have big ideas about cutting the cost of higher education. Here’s a primer on where each candidate stands.

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Much could change before Michigan adopts a budget this year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants more money for vulnerable mothers, environmental cleanups and education. College and municipal leaders aren’t so happy.

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic governor is proposing $15 million in funding for the tourism advertising campaign she nixed last year during a budget .

Fact Squad | Dueling ads take on Gov. Whitmer and those damn Michigan roads

Fact Squad | Dueling ads take on Gov. Whitmer and those damn Michigan roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Is Gretchen Whitmer a hero for borrowing billions to fix highways or has she already broken a central campaign promise? Michigan Fact Squad investigates ads reaching opposite conclusions on the governor.

 With auto rate relief promised, Michigan gives new scrutiny to insurers

With auto rate relief promised, Michigan gives new scrutiny to insurers

February 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is beefing up anti-fraud investigations and mounting a public education campaign to help drivers realize savings promised in a new law that takes effect this summer.

Detroit has a lot riding on 2020 Census. Can enlisting neighbors boost count?

Detroit has a lot riding on 2020 Census. Can enlisting neighbors boost count?

February 5, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Detroit is considered one of the hardest cities in the nation to count in the Census, and is working hard to increase participation in some neighborhoods. Plenty of distrust remains, though, as evidenced by efforts in the small east side neighborhood of Yorkshire Woods.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer takes aim at Trump’s economy in State of Union reply

Michigan Gov. Whitmer takes aim at Trump’s economy in State of Union reply

February 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says ‘Americans are hurting,’ especially in Michigan, which is expected to be a battleground state in this year’s presidential election. 

How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared for State of Union response

How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared for State of Union response

February 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stands in spotlight, as she delivers Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Republicans say all she’s delivered is broken promises.

Trump is in Michigan to tout the new NAFTA. Here’s what it means to Michigan.

Trump is in Michigan to tout the new NAFTA. Here’s what it means to Michigan.

January 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to provide some boost to the auto industry in the short term, but economists warn it may harm manufacturing jobs in the long run.

Rural Michigan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: What about us?

Rural Michigan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: What about us?

January 30, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Beset with common but daunting problems, leaders in rural Michigan implore Michigan’s Democratic governor to create a Cabinet-level post to address their concerns.

Michigan OKs $3.5B in roads spending. Much of it is going to Metro Detroit.

Michigan OKs $3.5B in roads spending. Much of it is going to Metro Detroit.

January 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she will borrow money for roads fixes, a state commission approves the measure that will send 40 percent of projects to southeast Michigan.

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