U.S. Supreme Court takes on high-stakes abortion case

BY: - October 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a high-profile case that could have major implications for abortion rights in states across the country.  The justices announced that they will hear an appeal in a case over a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at […]

Michigan secures $2.6M from opioid settlement

BY: - October 4, 2019

Michigan will receive about $2.6 million as part of a multi-state settlement pertaining to the opioid Suboxone.  That’s according to a statement released Friday morning by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. The 32-state settlement resolves multiple allegations that manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Group improperly sold and marketed the drug, which was designed to treat dependence on […]

Michigan House passes bills regulating PFAS in firefighting foam

BY: - October 3, 2019

The Michigan House passed three bills Thursday that would tighten regulations on certain hazardous chemicals found in firefighter foam. Class B firefighting foam is used by firefighters to extinguish fires in which materials like gasoline, oil or jet fuel are burning. In many class B foams, the active ingredient that combines with foaming agents to […]

Bills axing Michigan’s ‘tampon tax’ get House hearing

BY: - October 3, 2019

A Michigan House panel on Wednesday heard testimony on a set of bills getting rid of the so-called “tampon tax” introduced by state Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) earlier this year. Elder and Yancey spoke about House Bills 4165 and 4166 at the House Tax Policy Committee. The bills exempt […]

On-site health care could help seniors stay at home

BY: - October 2, 2019

The “two super fantastic ladies” — as one resident calls them — at the Weinberg Villages senior housing complex are operating quasi-undercover. Sure, they serve up smiles, friendly chit-chat and treats for four-legged visitors. But while they’re smiling and talking to the residents here, they’ve really got an ulterior motive. “I’m secretly picking them apart,” […]

After delay, state to spray West Michigan Monday night to combat EEE

BY: - September 30, 2019

Aerial treatment to combat mosquito-carried Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in western Michigan counties will begin tonight, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Areas in Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties are scheduled for Monday treatments, according to an Aerial Treatment Zones Map. All other treatment zones will not […]

State court denies restraining order in flavored vape ban

BY: - September 30, 2019

A state court has denied an Upper Peninsula vape shop owner’s request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) ahead of a statewide ban going into effect on flavored vaping products. The state Court of Claims on Monday afternoon denied the request by Mark Slis, who owns 906 Vapor in Houghton. The ban, proposed by Gov. […]

Her biopsy report was benign. But the bill is a spot of contention.

BY: - September 30, 2019

Brianna Snitchler was just figuring out the art of adulting when she scheduled a biopsy at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Snitchler was on top of her finances: Her student loan balance was down and her credit score was up. “I had been working for the past three years trying to improve my credit and, […]


Column: Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media – pro-vaccination parents could make a difference

BY: and - September 30, 2019

A high school student from Ohio made national headlines recently by getting inoculated despite his family’s anti-vaccination beliefs. Ethan Lindenberger, 18, who never had been vaccinated, had begun to question his parents’ decision not to immunize him. He went online to research and ask questions, posting to Reddit, a social discussion website, about how to […]

Update: State delays mosquito spraying due to weather

BY: - September 27, 2019

Updated, 4:24 a.m. 9/30/19 with the state canceling spraying due to weather. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Sunday that it would delay plans due to inclement weather to conduct aerial spraying in 14 counties across the state because of a mosquito-borne virus. Future plans will be announced Monday.* The […]


Column: Flavored e-cigarettes sweetly lure kids into vaping and also mislead them to dismiss danger, studies suggest

BY: - September 26, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sept. 15 that he plans to pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, making New York the second state to consider such a ban. Cuomo’s action came only days after the Trump administration called for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to […]

Lawsuit filed to block Whitmer flavored e-cigarette ban

BY: - September 25, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products is being challenged in Houghton County Circuit Court.  Plaintiff Marc Slis, who owns 906 Vapor in Houghton and testified before a state House committee earlier this month, says Whitmer’s first-in-the-nation ban on flavored vaping products will cause significant harm to his business. Slis and his attorneys have […]