Michigan


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$323 a Week: How One Michigan Family of Five Is Surviving on Unemployment

Before the coronavirus eliminated this family’s only source of income, they lived a typical middle-class life in a farmhouse. Now they borrow money just to eat.

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If Betsy DeVos Paid Taxes on Her Yacht, 250,000 Michigan Students Could Get a School Nurse

The taxes on the Seaquest, just one of the DeVos family's ten yachts, would bring more than $2 million a year to Michigan.

FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Multiple news outlets report Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, that the state of Michigan has reached a $600 million agreement to compensate Flint residents whose health was damaged by lead-tainted drinking water. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Flint Still Doesn’t Have Clean Water, but Michigan Is Cutting a $600M Check to Residents

Michigan is taking the first of many steps to make a broken community whole.

With key protections expired for much of Michigan, more renters than ever are facing eviction. Photo via Shutterstock.
Nearly Half of Michigan Renters Are At Risk to Lose Their Homes Right Now

A new analysis of Census data shows Michigan families who rent are struggling to keep their homes afloat during the pandemic.

Lynus Parker stands with his family outside of his Novi home, greeting well wishers shortly after being discharged for a near-90-day long hospital stay. Photo courtesy of Lynus Parker.
WATCH: This Michigan Man Took Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 and Still Ended Up on a Ventilator

Novi resident Lynus Parker needed help breathing for an entire month. But that was just the beginning.

Despite the larger number of people taking advantage of Absentee Ballots, a few still choose to vote in person at the polls. Photo by Franz Knight.
Michigan Clerks Tell Us What They Learned From the Primary, and What Needs to Change by November

As November looms, work is already underway to shore election procedures.

Jamon Jordan poses with a photo of his mother, Jacquelynne Jordan, in Detroit, Friday, April 24, 2020. Jamon Jordan could not mourn his mother in the traditional way. At Jacquelynne Jordan's memorial in early April, there were just seven people. No hugs. No traditional dinner where family members could gather to honor the 66-year-old matriarch's memory after she died from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Major Michigan Cities Struggle With Coronavirus Budget Crises, Left to Fend for Themselves

In the midst of recovering from the largest city bankruptcy in American history, Detroit now contends with a virus killing one of every ten infected.