Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Investigating Illegal Elk Poaching

Five elk were poached from mid-November to mid-December in Michigan, the most ever illegally killed in one month.

An Airport Fully Embraces 'Terminal Tourism'

Non-ticketed visitors can accompany loved ones to their gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the latest to establish a pass program to allow non-passengers past security.

Can the Most Stubbornly Suburban of Suburbs Make a More Urban Future?

Oakland County, Michigan, has long spurned transit and kept Detroit at arm’s length. But new county executive David Coulter isn’t afraid of density.

A Proposal to Treat Icy Winter Roads with Beet Juice

Lawmakers in Michigan want the Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of adding beet juice to road salt to treat icy roads in the winter.

With Obama-era Plan Scrapped, States Act to Expand Overtime Pay

Michigan’s governor is the latest to call for overtime rules that go beyond those at the federal level. Business groups are opposed.

When Residents Say ‘No’ to Aerial Mosquito Spraying

When states use pesticides to slow the spread of insect-borne diseases, should households be allowed to opt out?

How a Community Apologized for Failing to Stop a Predator

Police in Meridian Township, Michigan, dismissed a 2004 complaint against gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, a decision that allowed him to continue abusing young women for a decade. Then they went public with their mistake.

On the Hunt for Lean Protein, Food Pantries Turn to Hunters

Across the country, hunters donate thousands of pounds of game meat to help stock food pantries in their communities.

Federal Judge Puts Michigan's New Gay Adoption Rules On Hold

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This State's Parks are Full of 'Happy Little Trees'

A partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Bob Ross Inc. brought in new volunteers to help with reforestation efforts.

A Statewide Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan becomes the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency rule, saying the products are marketed toward children.

The Toxic Algae That's Taking Over The Country's Waters

Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in dozens of states and municipalities, shutting beaches and putting people and animals at risk.

A State Lawmaker Wants to Allow Only Government Flags to Fly Over Government Buildings

A measure to ban "social issue flags" on public buildings came after the Michigan governor flew rainbow flags on her office building to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month.

Republicans File Lawsuit to Stop New Redistricting Commission

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A City Considers Criminalizing Racially-Motivated 911 Calls

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the city commissioners are considering an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to call the police on people of color for “participating in their lives.”

The Sounds of State Parks—on Spotify

Michigan's tourism arm will drop an album this month of ambient music layered with sound recordings from 10 state parks.

Alabama House Passes Bill to Criminalize Most Abortions

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The Startups Born of Flint’s Water Crisis

Five years after the Michigan city was hit with its public health emergency, there’s good news—and signs of an entrepreneurial resurgence—coming out of Flint.

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