West Michigan

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

BY: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]

Why aren’t Dems targeting any Michigan U.S. reps. in 2022?

BY: - August 12, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has announced 22 Republican-held or open seats the party is trying to flip — but none are in Michigan.  Ken Kollman, a University of Michigan political science professor, said the DCCC’s decision could be because recent history shows the party likely will lose […]

Huizenga, Wozniak win special state Senate GOP primaries

BY: - August 4, 2021

State Reps. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) and Doug Wozniak (R-Shelby Twp.) won their respective special state Senate GOP primaries on Tuesday and are likely on their way to joining the upper chamber in November. Republicans currently hold a 20-16 majority. In a tight race for the 28th District in the Grand Rapids area of West Michigan, […]

16 COVID-19 cases connected with Muskegon Bike Time event

BY: - August 3, 2021

COVID-19 cases tied to Muskegon Bike Time, a four-day motorcycle event held in West Michigan on July 15 to 18, are under investigation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local public health departments. DHHS reports that at least 16 cases of COVID-19 have been identified among this year’s attendees and […]

Whitmer releases last school from state oversight, but creates some confusion in Muskegon Heights

BY: - July 20, 2021

As of Monday, there are no schools in Michigan under state oversight after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the Muskegon Heights School District from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved its Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB).  This marks the first time the district has had local control without state oversight since […]

As earmarks return, Michigan senators request $65M for projects across state

BY: - July 9, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) requested a joint total of over $65 million of “congressionally directed spending” be inserted into appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 to fund numerous projects across the state of Michigan.  The Energy and Water Development subcommittee had the first deadline for earmark […]

How a West Michigan student-led LGBTQ club became the latest culture war flashpoint

BY: - June 26, 2021

After a student-led Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Whitehall High School sent out an email to the student body that included resources about sexuality and identity during Pride week, that kickstarted an often-heated conversation in the small West Michigan community about where the line is between schools and families in talking about LGBTQ issues. Whitehall […]

HIV law has changed, but those prosecuted under former measure struggle to overcome convictions

BY: - June 4, 2021

Jeremy Merithew had a hook-up in 2012 that he will remember for the rest of his life. He met a man on the gay app Adam4Adam. The man came over for sex and left.  The next day, a deputy from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department was knocking on his door and he ended up behind […]

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

BY: and - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo. The Louisiana Republican says Baton Rouge desperately needs a new bridge to alleviate a crush of roadway congestion — at a cost of $955.2 million for several projects. That far exceeds the $20 million that […]

Equity needed in meeting Michigan’s internet, water and infrastructure needs, experts say

BY: - May 20, 2021

State and national experts on Thursday discussed the need to incorporate equity in current and future infrastructure plans while wrapping up the Michigan Environmental Justice Conference.  The conference, whose theme was “Rebuilding Trust, Reimagining Justice and Removing Barriers,” was held online this week and was hosted by the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the […]

Michigan judge reverses course, will restart YouTube livestream Monday

BY: - May 20, 2021

St. Joseph County 3B District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Middleton announced Thursday morning in a video posted on YouTube that beginning Monday May 24, his courtroom hearings will once again run on a livestream on the video service. The move comes after State Court Administrator Tom Boyd called Middleton personally. Middleton said the former judge […]

Michigan judge in viral videos pulls YouTube stream

BY: - May 19, 2021

St. Joseph County 3B District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Middleton shocked his thousands of YouTube followers this week by announcing he was turning off the livestream and shutting down access to virtual hearings.  “Some of you may have heard, someone may have posted that we will be ending our YouTube livestream essentially today,” Middleton said […]