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There’s no question what motivated state Rep. Kelly Moller to push for changes in Minnesota law on concert ticket sales. “Really, it was the Taylor Swift debacle for me,” she said. A … more
The labor market is stable and healthy, economists and policy experts say, although the unemployment rate ticked up in the month of August. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report released Friday … more
From immigrant rights’ groups and affordable housing advocates in Detroit to students in Ann Arbor and community organizers in Lansing, there’s a phrase that is said time and again when talking … more
Over the past decade, ranked choice voting has become increasingly popular. From conservative Utah to liberal New York City, 13 million American voters in 51 jurisdictions — including all of Alaska … more
House Republican communications on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “What’s Next” address on Wednesday criticized the push for paid family leave alongside efforts to improve abortion access and … more
As artificial intelligence finds its way into aspects of everyday life and becomes increasingly advanced, some state legislators feel a new urgency to create regulations for its use in the hiring … more
SOUTH BRONX, New York City — In the South Bronx, one of the nation’s poorest communities, Hostos Community College has long positioned itself as an educational pathway out of poverty. But to make … more
Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “What’s Next” address on Wednesday, advocates praised the Democrat’s call for paid family leave, increasing access to abortion care, boosting election … more
Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Monday against what they call “deceptive” ballot language produced by Ohio officials for the state’s closely-watched upcoming referendum on the … more
Former President Donald Trump entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court on 13 felony counts that charge him with racketeering for attempts to overturn the 2020 … more
After hundreds of thousands of Michiganders across the state were left without power due to severe weather last week, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is taking comments on proposed … more
A federal rule limiting agencies’ power to regulate water pollution will severely restrict protections for waters and wetlands throughout the country, but could also be subject to challenges from … more
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Wednesday approved a settlement in a natural gas rate case for Consumers Energy, one of the state’s largest electric companies.  According to the … more
This coverage is made possible through a partnership with IPR and Grist, a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. Along busy … more
Should states and Indigenous nations be able to influence energy projects they view as harmful or contrary to their laws and values? This question lies at the center of a heated debate over Enbridge … more
Just after 9:40 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 24), an EF-2 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 125 miles per hour struck Greater Lansing, resulting in two confirmed deaths in Ingham County being tallied among the five statewide casualties that were reported over the weekend. more
The race to select a Democrat to run for Debbie Stabenow’s seat in the U.S. Senate is shaping up, in part, as progressive vs. moderate. The moderate is Elissa Slotkin, who is in her third term in the U.S. House representing Greater Lansing. At least two of her opponents, Hill Harper and Pamela Pugh, are making a point of running to her left. The Democratic primary is still almost a year away, but the race is very much in motion. more
It takes a second to blink off the noonday glare of downtown Lansing and adjust to the butterscotch glow of the historic Atrium Building on Washington Square. more
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday outlined her policy priorities for the rest of the year, highlighting public health, clean energy, economic health and democracy in her “What’s Next” address … more
A case brought by 20 metro Detroit voters raising concerns about Michigan’s new voting districts lowering Black voter percentages in Detroit-area districts will go to trial, a three judge panel in … more
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