Saturday, March 25, 2023


Georgia prepares for the end of COVID-19 emergency; comment period open for experimental nuclear tech in eastern ID; Mexican gray wolf population rebounds in Arizona.


Lawmakers grill the CEO of Tik Tok over national security concerns, the House Pro-Choice Caucus aims to repeal the Helms Act and allow U.S. foreign aid to support abortion care, and attempts to ban or restrict books hit a record high as groups take aim at LBGTQ+ titles.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.


Senate Bill 4 amends Michigan's 1976 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. It comes after the Michigan State Supreme Court ruled that state law currently provides protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Iliya Mitskavets/Adobe Stock)

Friday, March 24, 2023

MI Approves Extending Civil Rights to LGBTQ Community

Advocates for Michigan's LGBTQ community are calling lawmakers' move to expand the state's civil rights law to include them a victory that's "been a l…

A project to reclaim empty and abandoned lots across Detroit has brought a host of native plants and animals to communities across the city. (amphiphan/Adobe Stock)
Detroit Arboretum, Zoo Lead Connected-Habitat Restoration Project

By Tom Perkins for Planet Detroit.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Michigan News Connection with support from the Solutions Journalism Network…

Mexico and Canada are the largest importers of meat into the United States, but other countries such as Brazil, Australia and Japan sell significant amounts of beef, pork and lamb here, as well. (Grecaud Paul/Adobe Stock)
USDA Proposes New Rules on Who Can Use 'Product of USA' Labels

A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would change the rules on what foods can be labeled "Product of USA." Current regulations allow …

Union representatives hope the labor movement in Michigan will rebound if the legislature repeals the state's ">
Michigan Democrats Take Major Step to Roll Back Right-to-Work Law

Michigan Democrats took a major step toward one of their top legislative priorities this week by passing a measure in the House to roll back the state…

An overhaul of Michigan's tax system, signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week, will bring savings to  thousands of senior and low-income taxpayers. (Adobe Stock)
Governor Signs Overhaul of MI Tax System, Ends 'Retirement Tax'

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new law that rolls back Michigan's "Retirement Tax" that was implemented more than a decade ago. The new law…

According to data from the CDC, the rate of gun deaths in Michigan increased 11% from 2010 to 2019, while the rate of gun suicides increased by 18%. (Adobe Stock)
MI Faith Leaders Meet with Lawmakers on Gun Violence Legislation

Michigan faith leaders are meeting with members of the state Legislature to push for action on gun safety. House leaders, including Rep. Joe Tate…

Statistics show that of the 11 million people incarcerated yearly, about 15% have been homeless. Conversely, around 48,000 people going into homeless shelters each year come from prisons or jails. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Policies Keep People with Criminal Records Out of Public Housing

A new report is calling for public housing authorities to change certain policies to prevent excluding people with criminal records. The Prison …

Michigan's Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is studying the feasibility of operating its own power utility. (Adobe Stock)
Michigan Native American Tribe to Study Building Own Power Utility

A Michigan Indian tribe has been awarded a $100,000 federal grant to study the possibility of creating its own power utility. The Little River Band …

In Michigan and elsewhere, dental therapists ensure that in areas where dentists are hard to find, proper, cost-effective oral health care is available. (sofiko14/Adobe Stock)
Dental Therapists May Provide Vital Care in MI's 'Dental Deserts'

Experts agree that proper dental care is an important part of a person's overall health, but a chronic shortage of dentists makes some parts of …

Law enforcement officials say Tuesday's deadly incident at Michigan State University is the 67th mass casualty event in the U.S. this year. (Adobe Stock)
MSU Shooting: Deja Vu for Two Survivors of School Gun Violence

The deadly shooting spree at Michigan State University Monday night was another tragic American event involving firearms. But for at least two MSU …

The National Center for Education Statistics shows while the number of people earning college degrees has increased, the retention rate for first- and second-year students remains flat. (Adobe Stock)
Colleges Working to Raise Graduation Rates by Eliminating 'Equity Gap'

Colleges in Michigan and around the country are taking a proactive role in helping their students to succeed in their academic careers. Programs …

According to the CDC, children who regularly see a dentist and brush daily with a fluoride toothpaste are likely to have fewer dental problems as adults. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)
Dentists: Early Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Problems Later in Life

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, giving parents another reason to watch their children's intake of Valentine candy this week…


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