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Battle Creek Kellogg workers picketing against contract givebacks are part of ‘Striketober’

BY: - October 15, 2021

Almost 1,400 union workers at four Kellogg plants, including Battle Creek, have been on strike since last week — and they’re part of a growing national movement that supporters like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have dubbed “Striketober.” “After years of being underserved and taken for granted – & doubly so during the pandemic – […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

GOP-led Michigan House passes voter ID, absentee ballot restrictions

BY: - October 14, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives voted Thursday to concur with Senate versions of three election bills tightening requirements for absentee ballots and voter ID.  Senate Bill 303, introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte), will require in-person voters and absentee voters to present their state IDs when going to cast a ballot. Currently, you can sign […]

‘There’s no safe level of lead exposure’

BY: - October 14, 2021

When TaNiccia Henry’s grandson, Lloyd, was 4 years old, his “feet turned dark and his hair stopped growing.” Henry, who lives in Detroit and is Lloyd’s primary caregiver, brought her grandson to be tested for lead. When the test came back, the numbers were staggering: Lloyd had a blood level of 28 micrograms per deciliter […]

Whitmer: Goal is to replace all Benton Harbor lead service lines in 18 mos.

BY: - October 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive directive aimed at coordinating her administration’s efforts on safe drinking water for Benton Harbor. Whitmer said the state is committed to expediting lead service line replacements using additional federal, state and local resources, with the goal of replacing 100% of lead service lines in Benton Harbor in 18 months. That comes after Benton Harbor received […]

With a new health equity project, Michigan doctors aren’t just writing prescriptions

BY: - October 14, 2021

By the time a patient is referred to the Greater Flint Health Coalition, a doctor or another health care professional has identified there’s something more than just their physical health that’s endangering the person’s health. It may be they don’t regularly have access to transportation to get to their medical appointments, or there’s not enough […]

Judge strikes Canada letters in Line 5 case

BY: - October 13, 2021

The federal judge tasked with deciding jurisdiction for the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, Judge Janet Neff, has stricken letters regarding the Canadian government’s attempts to pause the proceedings. Since June, the government of Canada has repeatedly submitted letters to the court asking Neff to hold the case in […]

Michigan reports 8,671 new COVID-19 cases, 110 deaths since Monday

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,073,228 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,459 have died from the virus — an additional 8,671 cases and 110 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,335 […]

Former U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee dies at 92

BY: - October 13, 2021

Updated and corrected, 3:10 p.m., 10/13/21, with additional comments Former U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Flint) has died at the age of 92. Kildee served in Congress from 1977 until he retired in 2013. He was succeeded by his nephew, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), who is now the longest-serving member of Michigan’s Democratic House delegation […]

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

BY: - October 13, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of the table because if he couldn’t feel the sharp edges digging into his palms, he would have to think about how hard his […]

Republicans parrot conspiracies at Trump-endorsed Michigan rally for so-called election ‘audit’

BY: - October 12, 2021

Updated, 4:46 p.m., 10/13/21, 8:36 a.m., 10/15/21, with comment from Benson At the urging of former President Donald Trump, a crowd of about 400 supporters flocked to the Michigan Capitol steps Tuesday to spend the cloudy afternoon demanding a “transparent forensic audit” of the 2020 presidential election that the one-term GOP president lost. GOP activists […]

Black leaders rally in Detroit, call for fairer redistricting maps 

BY: - October 12, 2021

State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), along with a group of clergy, civil rights leaders and others, on Tuesday gathering in Detroit to call for better racial representation in draft maps offered by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC).  There are currently 17 districts that are majority Black, Hollier said: two in Congress, five in […]