Diligent and curious elementary school students sitting in their classroom and carefully observing the class while wearing protective face mask during COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo/Getty)
Michigan’s Schools Are An “Engine of Inequality.” The New Legislature Wants to Fix it

Michigan's Legislature is making big moves on education funding.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate as Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, left, and House Speaker Joe Tate, D-Detroit, listen, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
State of the State: 7 Ways State Government Can (and Will) Help Michiganders in 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed the Michigan House and Senate to announce plans and policies designed to bolster resources for public schools and children, provide tax relief for parents and families, expand civil rights protections in Michigan, and much (much) more. 

Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden will be taking a seat at the Michigan Supreme Court come January. Photo: Kyra Harris Bolden
“That’s How You Catch Injustice.” Michigan’s Newest Supreme Court Justice Reflects on Representation and the Role of the Court 

Bolden, a former legislator, said she will bring a new lived experience to Michigan's highest court.

Michigan's Supreme Court Justices (from top left to bottom right): Chief Justice Elizabeth Clement, David Viviano, Richard Bernstein, Mary Cavanagh, (bottom row) Stephen Markman, Former Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, Brian Zahra. Since this photo was taken in 2020, Markman retired and Elizabeth Welch joined the Court. Kyra Harris Bolden will be taking McCormack's seat in January, after she stepped down before her eight-year term was up. (Michigan Supreme Court)
What Does the Michigan Supreme Court Do?

The Michigan Supreme Court has the power to interpret state laws and decide how they apply to everyday Michiganders. But how does it work?

Members of the Michigan Parents' Council pose with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after their first meeting in September. (Courtesy Photo)
Report: Here’s What Michigan Parents Want to See Change in Public Schools

A Michigan task force heard from parents across the state and delivered their recommendations to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the next budget.

The Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth has been serving up family-style chicken dinners since the 1900s. (Hope O'Dell)
I Took My Girlfriend to The Bavarian Inn to Find Out if It’s Actually Good, or Just a Good Memory

We hit the road to find out if my family’s holiday tradition at The Bavarian Inn was genuinely great—or just a great memory. 

Wally and Irene Bronner stand in front of their superstore, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. They opened this location in 1977. (Courtesy/Bronner's Christmas Wonderland)
Bronner’s: Five Facts About the Christmas Superstore 

Snow is on the ground and Mariah Carey is flooding mall speakers across the state—which means it’s the time of year when 2 million people are making plans to head to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth.