Whitmer announces plans for Flint state park, 1st in Genesee Co.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced plans to create a new $26.2 million state park in the city of Flint using federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The governor said this would be the first state park in Genesee County, the only county in Michigan without land that is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources […]
Obama: America feeling consequences of Trump’s ‘reality show’ presidency
Former President Barack Obama said at a Detroit rally with Joe Biden, his former running mate turned Democratic presidential nominee, on Saturday that the United States is feeling the effects of having a reality TV show host as president. “He [President Donald Trump] never took it seriously. He hasn’t shown any interest in just doing […]
Updated: Final four days: Obama, Biden going to Flint, Detroit; Trump planning 4 stops*
Updated, 10:19 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.10/30/20 In a whirlwind final four days before Election Day, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have trips planned to Michigan. Biden is reuniting with former President Barack Obama with drive-in events in Flint and Detroit on Saturday, the Biden campaign confirmed Friday morning.* U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), […]
Michigan makes final census push before deadline
As the deadline for completing the U.S. census draws near, there is good news and not-so-good news for Michigan. The good news is that the state as of Wednesday ranks tied for sixth in the nation in people who responded on their own to the census, up from 17th during the 2010 effort, according to […]
Kamala Harris in Detroit: ‘Poverty is trauma-inducing’ for kids
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris visited Flint and Detroit on Tuesday in hopes of building enthusiasm with Black voters days before early voting begins in Michigan. “I am here to speak with you because you possess an ability to make a decision in this election that could impact hundreds of millions of people in […]
‘It’s scary, but I know it will come back’: Michigan theaters struggle after going dark during pandemic
Performing arts centers all across the nation have had to cancel and postpone scheduled performances since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March. With little to no revenue coming in from ticket sales, many theaters are struggling financially, and the future of live performances is still unclear. “We all thought we’d be back in a […]
Police in schools ‘prepare students for prison life,’ advocates want change
As protests against police brutality continue in their third week, school districts across the country are making the decision to cut ties with local police. School police, commonly referred to as school resource officers, have been patrolling school hallways since the 1950s when the first officer was assigned to a Flint middle school. But following […]
How many Michiganders are still without clean water during COVID-19? Not even the state knows.
Updated, 12:23 p.m. 5/22/20 Even when we’re not living through a pandemic, access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death for some of the most vulnerable populations. During the COVID-19 crisis, that access becomes even more vital. With that in mind, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 28 ordered public water utilities […]
Hanna-Attisha: Any lead testing results in Flint kids underestimate exposure
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician, professor and advocate who was instrumental in exposing the severity of the city’s water crisis in 2015, appeared on “60 Minutes” with CBS Sunday to speak about her program for Flint children and what early lead testing results in her comprehensive study have looked like so far. “There is […]
Cynthia Neeley’s win helps House Dems achieve gender parity
Flint Democrat Cynthia Neeley became Michigan’s newest state representative Tuesday and will fill the 34th House District seat. That seat was previously held by her husband, former state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), who resigned after being elected to serve as Flint’s mayor last fall. Cynthia Neeley’s victory in the special general election helped the Michigan […]
‘It’s my duty’: Flint voters head to the polls
The north end of Flint is riddled with evidence of poverty, with crumbling buildings, broken or boarded up windows and vacant storefronts, but a vibrant community center known as Berston Field House is a sign that there is still life in the area. The steady stream of people flowing in and out of Berston on […]
Flint was at the center of the 2016 Dem primary. Some voters feel forgotten in 2020.
Flint, a city once known throughout the world for its booming automotive industry, is now known for a huge man-made disaster that poisoned thousands of adults and children with lead-tainted water. And it has yet to be completely fixed. As Michigan’s presidential primary approaches on Tuesday, some voters in Flint feel as though top contenders […]