State News

 Sara Swanson

Critics rip Michigan vaping ban, citing harm to smokers and vape shops

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed ban on flavored vaping products came under fire Thursday ‒ with a state lawmaker vowing to fight it, saying he worried about adults who use the products to quit smoking and about small businesses that rely on vaping sales. Rep. Beau LaFave, a Republican from Iron Mountain, said he has […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Michigan schools would get 2.4 percent hike in GOP budget plan

by Ron French (Bridge) In a proposed budget that appears to be a compromise between the Republican-controlled House and Senate ‒ but spurns the education priorities of Michigan’s Democratic governor ‒ a conference committee recommended a 2.4 percent increase in public school funding Thursday. That’s between the 2.7 percent hike initially approved by the Senate […]

 Sara Swanson

Whitmer, GOP must solve these 5 disagreements to pass Michigan budget

by Riley Beggin (Bridge) LANSING –  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did an about-face Monday, agreeing to negotiate the state budget without a plan to raise $2.5 billion for road repairs. So is everyone in agreement now? Not at all. Dropping her roads-money-or-bust vow, the Democratic governor agreed to finish a budget with the GOP-Legislature to […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Whitmer agrees to delay road funding talks to finish Michigan budget

By Riley Beggin (Bridge) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to put aside negotiations on how to raise $2.5 billion annually in revenue for the state’s roads and infrastructure. This is the first time Whitmer, a Democrat, has publicly changed her position on the centerpiece of her budget — she has previously said she would veto any […]

 Sara Swanson

Michigan budget negotiations break down (again) over short-term road funding

by Riley Beggin (Bridge) Negotiations over the state budget broke down once again this week and both Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders blamed each other for holding up an agreement before an Oct. 1 deadline to pass a state budget. At the center of the disagreement is, as ever, road funding. Whitmer is […]

 Marsha Chartrand

As Michigan schools ban cellphones, reports surface of ‘talking,’ ‘eye contact’

by Ted Roelofs (Bridge) ADA TOWNSHIP—Standing outside Forest Hills Central High School in late August, senior Jack Walls admitted he has an issue with his phone. “I’m addicted,” he said. “I know it. It’s real bad. I have a real bias for texting people.” This was Day 1 of a districtwide ban on student cellphone […]

 Marsha Chartrand

What you need to know about Michigan’s flavored e-cigarette ban

by Riley Beggin, Joel Kurth (Bridge) Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made national news on Wednesday by announcing an order to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.  Here’s what you need to know. Why the ban? The Democratic governor said she was moving to protect Michigan children by ordering the state Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency […]

 Sara Swanson

HPV cancer rates are up. Yet many Michigan doctors won’t talk about it.

by Robin Erb (Bridge) In its fight against a sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, Michigan’s health department is hoping to recruit a surprising ally: dentists. While common and generally not life-threatening, HPV also can trigger a host of cancers, and rates are rising: 43,371 cancers were associated with the virus in the United States in 2015, […]

 Sara Swanson

As Lansing debates funding, schools struggle to pay teachers, fix roofs

by Ron French (Bridge) WYOMING – The roof caved in at Lee Middle and High School in May. A large silver tarp covered the hole and orange metal braces propped up the brown brick façade of the building, which opened in 1925 when Calvin Coolidge was president. Nearby, Godfrey Elementary is comparatively new – it […]

 Sara Swanson

Suicide rates rise across Michigan, with few answers

by Ted Roelofs (Bridge) Even as Michigan’s suicide rate rose by a third over two decades -‒ and climbing even higher among young people, rural residents and military veterans -‒ a fundamental question has yet to be fully answered. Why? “We need to get to the bottom of why this is happening,” said state Sen. Jim Runestad, R-Oakland […]

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